8 March 12 Do No Harm! MyNetDiary Supports Healthful Eating Behaviors

After reading Tumblr's updated Community Guidelines, I was intrigued (and relieved) that they highlighted that Tumblr is not for the "promotion and glorification of self-harm." This opens a timely door to discussion about eating disorders, which are forms of self-harm. I do want to address eating disorders and what this means to MyNetDiary users.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Sometimes people know that their relationship with food and weight is not healthy, but they don't necessarily identify themselves as having an eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) describes eating disorders generally as those that "include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues." NEDA describes three commonly recognized types of eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa: self-starvation and excessive weight loss

Bulimia Nervosa: secretive cycle of binge eating followed by purging (vomiting, laxatives, or over-exercising) to rid the body of food and calories.

Binge Eating Disorder ("Compulsive Overeating"): uncontrolled, impulsive or continuous eating (in a short period of time) beyond the point of feeling comfortably full, but without purging.

Two eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, are also classified as mental health disorders in the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV." In their fifth edition (to be published in 2013), Binge Eating Disorder and other disorder types will added to the "Feeding and Eating Disorders" category.

Eating Disorder Screener

The Eating Disorder Center of Denver has an online public screener that you might want to take a moment to complete if you feel that you might have or be at risk for an eating disorder. Although a screener cannot diagnose an eating disorder, it can heighten self-awareness and possibly be an important cue to seek professional help.

MND Terms of Use

Just as a reminder, each and every one of us agreed to MyNetDiary's "Terms of Use" before we started using the site. MyNetDiary specifically states that "if you suffer from anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or other related eating disorders, you are not permitted to use this site." This statement exists to protect you. Our overriding concern is your safety.

The take home message is that eating disorders are harmful, potentially life-threatening disorders and care should be taken to reduce your risk of developing, reigniting, or exacerbating an existing eating disorder. If you suspect that you currently have, have had, or are at high risk for developing an eating disorder, please discontinue use of MyNetDiary immediately and seek care from a qualified eating disorders health professional (your physician can be a great resource for a referral). Explore the resources below if you would like more information about eating disorders.

Our aim here at MyNetDiary is to increase health through safe and effective weight control practices using calories and nutrient tracking.

Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD
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