Myth: IT IS HELPFUL TO COMPARE YOUR FOOD INTAKE TO OTHERS
Posted May 28 2012 2:56pm
A quick Google search on the word “nutrition”turns up almost 450,000,000 results. With so much information out in the world, it is no wonder why people (especially those with eating disorders) are confused and anxious about what they eat. This section is where I’ll begin to debunk the most common nutrition myths and misconceptions as they relate to your eating disorder. Read below and start challenging your eating disorder thinking. Every time that you challenge the “junk” that your eating disorder has led you to believe, you will be one step closer towards eating disorder recovery.
Myth # 3: It is helpful to compare your food intake and calorie needs to others.
It is never helpful to compare your food intake to others. Just because someone else is eating a certain amount of food at any given time does not mean that you should eat more, less, or the same as them. It is important to remember that everyone’s nutritional needs are a bit different and depend on gender, age, height, weight, and activity level. Additionally, remember that one meal or one snack is one meal or snack. If someone else seems to be eating more or less than you would expect, remember that most people eat on hunger and fullness. It is quite possible that someone who appears to be overeating at dinner might be quite hungry because they didn’t have an afternoon snack or had a smaller lunch. It is also quite possible that someone who appears to be under eating might have eaten more food earlier in the day. Trying to compare your food intake to others will leave your eating disorder screaming at you. Trust me, no good will come of it. If you aren’t sure what your nutritional needs are, I would encourage you to speak with a registered dietitian.