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Parsing disordered eating from an eating disorder

Posted Feb 26 2010 5:08am
One of my blog's commenters beautifully and concisely described the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder:

Anonymous said...

Most people who restrict their intake of food find it very difficult after awhile to continue because their biology takes over and forces them to eat more. Other people restrict, however, and their biology responds in exactly the opposite way, signalling them to eat less and less. The first group has disordered eating. The second has an eating disorder. The difference is clear cut and determined by different biological signals. We don't know exactly what those signals are, yet, but we know there are clear differences.

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