>According to a online study by SELF revealed that as many as six in 10 women (65%) in the U.S. are “disordered eaters.” Symptoms of the syndrome include eliminating calories, excessive dieting or even skipping meals.
The online SELF survey garnered responses from 4,000 women ages 25 to 45 to a detailed questionnaire about their eating habits and found that most disordered eaters fall into one or more of six categories. “Calorie prisoners” are terrified of gaining weight, tend to see food as good or bad and feel extremely guilty if they indulge in something that’s off-limits. Secret eaters binge on junk food at home, in the car — wherever they won’t be found out. Career dieters may not know what to eat without a plan to follow; despite their efforts, they’re more likely than other types to be overweight or obese. Purgers are obsessed with ridding their body of unwanted calories and bloat by using laxatives, diuretics or occasional vomiting. Food addicts eat to soothe stress, deal with anger, even celebrate a happy event; they think about food nearly all the time. Extreme exercisers work out despite illness, injury or exhaustion and solely for weight loss; they are devastated if they miss a session. Like Marsh, who Bulik describes as a calorie prisoner and an exercise addict, many disordered eaters piece together a painful mix of destructive habits. Others may shift between categories over the years, ricocheting from restricting to bingeing to purging, for instance. (Source: MSNBC)
I have a confession: this describes me perfectly. By reading the passage above, I would describe myself as a ‘calorie prisoner’: the thought of gaining weight terrifies me and I feel extremely guilty after I eat (even after a ‘necessary’ meal). If I gain one pound, I go on a “binge” of skipping meals or extremely limiting the amount of what I take in. Ironically, I can’t bring myself to completely starve myself or binge/purge. While I love the taste of food, the idea of eating it makes me sick sometimes.
What do you think of the study? Do any of the categories describe you, either fully or partially?