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Eating disorder and disordered eating.

Would you consider disordered eating to be an eating disorder? If so, why? If not, why? What’s the fine line between both? Can you use them interchangeably?
Disordered eating is a symptom of an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are clinically identified issues that fit a pre-existing set of medical criteria (although this is very broad as they look different on everyone).

Disordered eating describes a variety of abnormal eating behaviors that, by themselves, do not warrant diagnosis of an eating disorder. Not severe “enough” to be considered an eating disorder, but still can be challenging to deal with in their own right.

So no the terms are not used interchangeably, but there are definitely links there. Disordered eating can quickly progress into an eating disorder.
Original post by happydayys
Disordered eating is a symptom of an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are clinically identified issues that fit a pre-existing set of medical criteria (although this is very broad as they look different on everyone).

Disordered eating describes a variety of abnormal eating behaviors that, by themselves, do not warrant diagnosis of an eating disorder. Not severe “enough” to be considered an eating disorder, but still can be challenging to deal with in their own right.

So no the terms are not used interchangeably, but there are definitely links there. Disordered eating can quickly progress into an eating disorder.


What’s the fine line between the both?
Original post by Anonymous
What’s the fine line between the both?


eating disorders have specific diagnostic criteria, disordered eating is more subjective

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