Eating exists on a continuum with healthy/normalized eating on one side, eating disorder on the other, and a range in between where distorted eating occurs.  


        Healthy/Normalized Eating                    Distorted Eating                                 Eating Disorder 

From the questions you answered, where do you fall?

A healthy/normalized relationship with food means that you eat a varied and balanced diet.  It means not viewing food as good or bad.  It means listening to your hunger cues, allowing yourself to have more if you want/need it and stop eating when you are full.  Someone with a healthy relationship with food does not obsessively calorie count.  There is no compensatory behaviours in direct relation to what you eat.

Distorted eating is a broad range of behaviours and emotional reactions to food.  It can mean skipping meals or eating too much at them.  It can leave one feeling in control or completely out of it.  It can mean cutting out a food group(s) or avoiding foods out of fear of weight gain.  Distorted eating can leave one feeling guilty or even shameful. It can occur as an emotional reaction or coping mechanism. It might mean not being able to eat in front of people or have ‘rules’ around what you are ‘seen’ eating. It might mean not even knowing what healthy eating is, but just knowing that the countless diets you have been on aren’t working. You do not have to have an eating disorder to have distorted eating.

Eating disorder behaviours are an extreme form of distorted eating, are severe, and can be life threatening.  Eating disorder behaviours can be severely restrictive or excessive. It can also mean engaging in binge and purge behaviours.  Individuals may gain weight, experience weight loss, or maintain a certain weight.