It’s the start of a new year and that might translate into paying a bit more attention to how you look. A few too many cannoli and holiday pie can lead to pants that are tight and not because they shrunk in the wash. And it's likely that dieting is on the top of your new year’s resolution list. Dieting, the radical and severe decrease in the intake of food for a prescribed period of time, is never the way toward long term health. Being more mindful of what you eat and healthy lifestyle changes that include exercise are one mindset, but dieting is another-- one with risk and a high rate of failure.
So, how do you know when you've gone too far and are on the way to developing an eating disorder? More specifically, how do you know if you are potentially anorexic? Given the climate of our culture where skinny continues to dominate the world of fashion, it is really easy to push the limit on what is healthy and what is life threatening. The problem is that an eating disorder is a “diet” that you just can’t stop. Due to the obsessive nature of anorexia, thin is never thin enough. The obsessive thinking component of the disorder has you making comparisons to others and feeling “never good enough and never thin enough” as part of the thinking process. And stopping at nothing to achieve the body you think is “skinny”and “beautiful.