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Disordered Eating

What is Disordered Eating?


Disordered Eating can prevent successful weight loss. Disordered Eating can be a combination of the following factors:

  • Eating large amounts of food
  • Feeling out-of control
  • Eating quickly
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Hiding or hoarding food
  • Secret eating
  • Eating late at night
  • Eating unusual food e.g. raw or frozen food
  • Feelings of Guilt & Shame
  • Feelings of Self Disgust


People who feel they have disordered eating patterns should speak to a healthcare professional and/or visit the MIND website.

Those who attend Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Service can get additional support for disordered eating.

Types of Disordered Eating


There are many different types of disordered eating patterns:

Binge Eating

  • Eating a large amount of food
  • Eating quickly
  • Do not feel in control
  • Feeling upset or guilty afterwards


Emotional Eating

  • Using food to help us cope with emotions
  • Can trigger binge eating.


Grazing

  • Eating throughout the day


Compulsive Eating

  • Eating when not hungry.
  • Eating all of the time.


Impulsive Eating

  • Eating without thinking about it