For a lot of people, exercise awakens a monster of anxiety, obsessiveness, and compulsiveness which increases their eating and drinking momentarily. The question that however beckons is how can one determine if they have an eating disorder or not?
If you spend a few minutes reading about men’s eating disorders, there is a very high chance that you will start to see phrases like “working out behaviour,” “regulation of dietary intake,” and “drive to enhance the visible appearance of muscularity.”
If it weren’t for the fact that the word “excessive” is missing in front of each of those examples, you would most likely assume that the various articles you read describe you and everyone else who reads this magazine.
Determining whether or not you have an eating disorder is however a completely different ball game. To help differentiate the facts from the myths, the National Eating Disorders Association offers a screening tool.
The good news is that treatment of eating disorders yields a high rate of success. As much ad 60 percent of people with an eating disorder make a full recovery with treatment.
One thing that you should put into consideration if you have one is “Do you control it, or does it control you?” Experts suggests seeking medical help and therapy right away if you think you might have a problem. Go to a specialist and be clear with your concerns around body image, eating, and muscularity.
So when does a good habit break bad? How do you know if you have a eating disorder or if you simply have a healthy appetite? Here are a number of statements from a 50-question eating disorder assessment designed specifically for men.
You are required to choose one of six responses — never, rarely, sometimes, often, usually, or always — as it applies to the following statements.
If you find yourself answering “always” to these and other statements, then there is a likelihood that you have probably crossed the “eating” line.
I weigh myself many times a day.
Do you find yourself weighing yourself many times a day or thinking of weighing yourself everyday?
I take laxatives to control my weight.
Do you take laxatives to ensure that you purge yourself off the food you ate, as a means of controlling your weight?
Others are concerned about my eating habits.
Are your friends, family and acquaintances concerned about your eating habits?
When compared to bodies shown in the media (magazines, TV, social media, etc.), I feel inadequate.
Do you feel inadequate and/or regularly compare your body to that of other people you know or see on social media, television and magazines?
I check my body several times a day for fatness.
Do you regularly check your body parts for signs of fat and added weight?
My day is planned around burning calories.
Do you plan your day exercising, walking, jogging or thinking of various activities that can help you burn calories?
If you answer always to most or all of these questions, you may have an eating disorder. See a therapist to help you determine the best course of action.