Intermittent fasting and eating disorders

First we need to dispense with the notion of disordered eating. There is no such thing. The main problem with modern society is that we eat too much and we eat too much of the wrong thing. Humans are animals like any other and if we didn’t have access to modern society we would have to be hunting or gathering our food. It is highly unlikely that humans, in the wild, would wake up and have a big breakfast, followed by a lunch a few hours later, and a dinner a few hours after that. Instead we would be busy all day trying to secure food. Some days we would be more successful than others and I suspect would be lucky to eat a big meal once per day.

If you have an eating disorder, and my definition is an eating pattern that either causes you to lose or gain too much weight where it affects your health negatively, then it is largely a psychological problem rather than a physical problem. We’ve all been trained by government and the media that we need to eat this or eat that so many times per day. That’s the cycle we need to break.

Eat when you’re hungry. Put protein sources first and supplement the rest with fat and carbs.

The line where something moves from a diet that’s not pathological into the realm of a mental health problem is if it’s causing the person significant distress, they feel like their behavior is out of control, or if it’s starting to become impairing, like if they can’t socialize anymore,” says Tiffany Brown, a researcher at the Eating Disorders Center at the University of California, San Diego.


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