1. You are continually obsessed with your weight, counting calories or what types of food you are (or are not) eating.
2. You get on the scale multiple times a day to check your weight.
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3. You believe you are never perfect or thin enough, and you must control yourself with more restrictions and diligence to reach that state of perfection.
4. You exercise excessively to compensate for eating, or to punish yourself for eating too much.
5. You hate your body, no matter how thin you get.
6. You are ashamed of the way you eat, and often eat in hiding.
You don't have to progress into an eating disorder to get help. More dieticians, coaches, like myself, and a growing number of psychologists are now skilled in treating eating problems, particularly emotional eating, binge eating and body image issues. It is far easier to resolve these issues before they become life-threatening, but you have to be willing to reach out for our help. 4 Ways You Can Learn To Love Your Body
The good news is, eating problems and food triggers are fairly easy to resolve. So don't wait to get help if you think you have a problem, no matter how small you think it might be. You can eat normally, and you can be free of the shame you carry about your body and yourself. I know how it feels, because I used to carry that shame and struggled with eating issues for most of my life. I wish I had gotten help sooner. So does Julia.
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