Article originally posted on Business Insider, written by Ni’Kesia Pannell.
Everyone does something that could be considered a bad habit. From poor communication to picking at your blackheads, no one is exempt from doing something that may be looked at as uncommon or unusual. But what happens when your bad habits start to become more than just that? How do you know if what you’re dealing with can be a sign of a psychological disorder?
You’ve become overly selective with your eating.
Healthy eating is often discussed as a positive habit, but according to Emily Roberts MA, LPC – psychotherapist and author of “Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are,” if you’re obsessing over your eating, it could actually be a disorder.
“Selective or obsessive eating patterns that lead to obsessing about foods, avoiding particular foods due to fear, cutting out foods that one used to enjoy, classifying foods as good or bad and hyper-focusing on calories or dietary “needs” causes distress in so many,” she said. “It’s a false sense of control and I see people who think about food or their diet, what they will eat next for hours each day. This is interfering with their life if they cannot stop thinking about it. You don’t have to be a certain weight or have certain behaviors to have a diagnosed eating disorder, but it’s often pushed aside as a “socially appropriate behavior.” It’s actually, however, a symptom of an eating disorder and an anxiety disorder.”