Lois Zsarnay
Articles tagged "eating disorders"

Our Relationship with Food can be Healthy or Unhealthy, Functional or Dysfunctional, Disordered Eating or a Full on Eating Disorder

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

Relationships of any kind are very complex and constantly changing. Our relationship with food or eating can move from being relatively healthy to being more unhealthy so gradually that we don't notice it until it is causing problems with our functioning in life or our relationships with others (home, family, friends, or work). Sometimes it slips into being Disordered Eating and, if something doesn't change, that often continues the slippery slope into a full Eating Disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder). Remember, probably no one has woken up one day and said, "I think I will develop an Eating Disorder - that sounds like a good idea!" Everyone thinks initially that they are in control and that this fad diet or this thing they are doing is only temporary and that they will be able to stop once they get whatever it is they want from it. Most people don't understand the direct relationship that nutrition has on their psychological functioning which then impacts every other area of their life. Sometimes I tell clients, you have one foot on a slippery slope and the other foot is on a banana peel! Where do you want to go from here?