What is normal eating? In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, your schedule, your hunger and your proximity to food. The key word is flexibility.
Normal eating is:
- Eating when hungry and continuing to eat until you’re satisfied
- Choosing food you like and eating until you feel you’ve had enough – not stopping because you think you should
- Being able to use some moderate constraint in your food selection, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods
- Giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you’re happy, sad, bored, or just because it feels good
- Three meals a day, most of the time, but can also be munching
- Leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have more tomorrow, or eating more now because they taste so wonderful
- Overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable, but undereating at other times and wishing you had more
- Trusting your body to make up for mistakes in eating (Ellyn Satter, “How to Get Your Kids to Eat, but Not Too Much”)
Facts about Eating Disorders:
- Up to 20% of young women age 15-24 have serious eating problems
- In Canada, 65% of young women aged 15-19 feel “too fat” and have been on a diet
- 44% of all young women have tried dieting, including those who perceive themselves as being underweight or within a normal weight range
- Over 21,000 Canadian women 15-24 years old have anorexia, while nearly 57,000 have bulimia
- Close to 70% of women are weight preoccupied
In other words: if you are struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating patterns, you are not alone!
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