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Do You Have a Troubled Relationship With Food?

Last week, I wrote about some surprising findings on women's eating behaviors based on a poll conducted by Self Magazine. This poll found that the majority of women, 75 percent in fact, have "disordered eating behaviors," or basically a troubled relationship with food. I admit I was a little shocked. On the other hand, I have seen so many troubling food behaviors in my time.

So I thought I would do a very unscientific poll and pose this question to you . . .


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Stellanz Stellanz 9 years
Why is there not a multiple option there??? like geri (ginger spice) was an anorexic bulemic over-eater (it is possible)
bpeach253868 bpeach253868 9 years
I definitely have eating disorder issues. I was anorexic for years when I was a teenager. Then in my 20's I gained an enormous amount of weight (over 200lbs and 5'2). In my late 20's I lost it all but now I have a very dysfunctional relationship with it b/c I have this crazy belief that if I eat certain things I will balloon back up to what I was in my 20's. It's constant, calorie restriction and occasional purging. I worry about what food I'm putting into my mouth all the time. It's an obsessive cycle...I attribute it to the stressful time I'm going through in my life right now and that is what is making it worse. I wish I didn't have such a dysfunction w/it but I do so there it is...
j00j j00j 9 years
i've struggled with anorexia and bulimia.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I was bulimic for a few years, but I'm recovered now. I still sometimes get in the whole ED mindset and I skip meals to lose weight. Funny never usually works. I had a really hard time learning to trust my body again after that, so my hunger signals are still kind of messed up.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I really appreciate all the comments here! thanks for sharing.
livyc livyc 9 years
i had a gastric bypass when i 17, since then i have had multiple eating disorders, body and food issues, more so then when i was heavy, but regardless of all that i would still do it all over again
aawwdangsugar aawwdangsugar 9 years
Sigh. I binge on the bad stuff when I am stressed or rushed, then I feel bad about it and later eat very little or skip meals all together. Its really unhealthy.
missyd missyd 9 years
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
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lmainer lmainer 9 years
bulimic :(
<---- = Emotional Eater. I know it is terrible
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
@kiddylnd: Aw, thank you! To all: Keep on fighting, girls. Being able to post about it is a good sign. Good luck to everyone.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Kinda of it comes and goes in spurts. I have willpower its just sometimes I really want things and I will have them no matter what. Overall I eat really well, but every once in a while when we go out I have the chocolate cake :)
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I have no willpower and eat whatever I want. I am not emotional about it, I just do it 90% of the time because i am bored.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I also wish everyone well in their recoveries. I have issues with eating but not in the way listed above. I am also someone who eats when they're bored. I also feel guilty if I ate too much. I don't actually do anything about it like purging, but I do feel like I need to go for a run or something to burn off the extra pounds I figure I added by eating that extra helping of macaroni and cheese.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 9 years
i wonder how many people were honest in this poll...
Rigatoni Rigatoni 9 years
i'm so messed up with food right now. i restricted for a year, and now i've binged for a month. but there are always other issues; it's never just the food. ahhhhh.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've done some drastic dieting things before but when I was a lot younger.
emalove emalove 9 years
Not at all...I can honestly say I've always had a very healthy relationship with food. I'm sure it's mostly because I'm naturally very thin and never had to worry about my weight, but I think part of it is because my parents always encouraged healthy eating habits, but never in an obsessive, crazy way that made me worry about my weight.
kelly kelly 9 years
Wow so many girls have a problem! I wish all of you well. I certainly had problem with food in the past but i'm learning to get over it, everyday i learn to appreciate my body how it is and not losing my time torturing myself with diets and sh*ts like that, wishing i was different. I mean,it's crazy you look up to a girl wishing you were as skinny as her or whatever and eventually you learn that this girl is not happy with her weight,her body and wishes she was skinnier herself.It's like a vicious circle, nobody is happy with what they have,so at one point i got EXTREMELY tired of that and decided to get over it. I now try to stay healthy by eating as much organic food as possible.I eat lot of veggies,fruits whole grain stuffs and yeah sweets,pastries too,EVRYTHING in moderation i also work out regularly.These days people think that being healthy means restricting onself and i strongly disagree,i believe in balance and moderation.I no longer lose my mind when i eat too much during big family dinner etc...I no longer feel like killing myself when i skip a work out session.In the grand scheme of things that's not that bad.Yeah it's ok.Of course sometimes i don't feel that great about myself but i know that i'll get over it eventually. I've realised that dieting or over exercising is a "side effect" the real problem is the lack of self esteem,confidence,self worth.I think that if people put all their energy working on their mind instead of their diets, things would be completely different,but of course it's not that easy.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i think i have a balanced relationship with food--i love it, and it loves me. big ups to all of you who are posting here about EDs today. it takes a lot of courage.
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
I definitely eat out of boredom on occasion. I try to eat healthy things like grapes during these times. Lately, though, I've been doing pretty good! Chewing gum helps. =)
risqueredhead risqueredhead 9 years
all of the above, in recovery from anoreixa nervosa
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
all of the above!!!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
not emotional eater, but eater :) but everyone says i eat to little in comperisson to them, and they are like 120lbs, i'm 160lbs and not losing weight. guess my metabolism is slow.
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