National Eating Disorders Week

Apparently this is a thing, and it starts today. If you’re interested in learning more or in helping out, the National Eating Disorders Association has some great info.

Whether or not what’s up with me would be technically classified as an eating disorder, I do indeed know someone. A couple of someones, as a matter of fact. Chances are, so do you. So here’s to raising awareness.

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8 thoughts on “National Eating Disorders Week

  1. coemaria says:

    Eating disorders are more than anorexia or bulimia. Over-exercising,and over-eating are also eating disorders. When it comes to food, our minds are disordered. We can’t think rationally when it comes to food. So, yes, food addiction definitely falls into the realm of eating disorders.

    • Astrid says:

      Yeah, I think the general definition of “disorder” is “anything that keeps you from acting or thinking in a way that’s healthy”. Or at least that’s maybe one definition of it, anyway. I definitely don’t think about food in a healthy way, or we wouldn’t be having this discussion 😛

  2. Heather says:

    I know I’ve been spamming your blog today, but I’ve been catching up 😛 One thing the Boy and I have discussed is the possibility of one day having children. Or rather, a child. We’ve talked about the things we would change in terms of parenting from how our parents raised us. We’ve talked about wanting to start healthy eating habits from the beginning because our parents just fed us whatever *they* wanted to eat at the moment instead of what might have been best for us. But reading your blog has made me think of something we haven’t talked about, and I know I already mentioned it in a previous comment, but…

    We sell candy bars at work. A surprisingly big selection given that it’s a craft store. And if the holiday in season is a candy-related holiday, we sell all sorts of that candy too. Most of this junk is, thankfully for me, ridiculously overpriced, and if health can’t keep me from saying no to junk, money can. At least once a shift I see a child begging a parent for a candy bar. Whining, wheedling, pleading. They really, REALLY want that candy bar. The “good” parents tell the kids that they can pick one out, but can’t eat it until after dinner. And yes, that’s better than just saying yes and letting a growing child eat however much sugar they want whenever they want. BUT. If we could learn from Pavlov that we can train a dog to drool at the sound of a bell, why haven’t we learned that we’re training kids from an early age to associate sweets with having done something good? It’s no wonder junk food gives us feelings of comfort and well-being–at least while we’re eating it. I personally feel utterly silly for never having thought about it, but there you have it.

    It makes me wonder…what other ways have we been trained with food?

    • Astrid says:

      Husband heard a story on NPR today that I thought was more than relevant to your question:

      “How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With ‘Salt Sugar Fat'”

      I’ll be interested in anyone’s thoughts on it.

      I learned a month or two ago that there are different types of salt crystals. It never occurred to me that such things could exist. It’s salt! Why shouldn’t it be uniform from brand to brand? Well, it isn’t…

    • Astrid says:

      Excerpt about how advertising is fucking with our heads:

      “His method didn’t require slogans or celebrity endorsements or the kind of money the company would spend every year on advertising, though all those things helped. It went deeper than that. It focused on getting Coke into the hands of people, especially kids, when they were most vulnerable to persuasion — those moments when they were happy. That is how Coke came to be partners with America’s favorite pastime. “The story they always tell at Coke,” Dunn said, “is Mr. Woodruff saying, ‘When I was a kid, my father took me to my first baseball game, and there was nothing more sacred to me than that moment with my father. And what did I have to drink? I had an ice-cold Coke, which became part of that sacred moment.'”

  3. Astrid says:

    Spam away, dear! I want this blog to foster discussion, and besides which, it’s good to hear from you.

    In regards to your question, I’m not sure. I know advertising is chock-full of some pretty serious mindfucks, but it’s advertising, and that’s its job. It’s an interesting question to keep in mind. If you have any other thoughts on it, I’d be happy to hear them. Being aware of a problem is, as you know, one of the best ways to deal with it.

  4. Heather says:

    That seems like it would be an interesting book to read. The funny thing is…if you start to avoid processed and packaged foods with a ton of salt, sugar, and fat in them…you get used to it after a while. If I go for a few weeks or months without soda, it starts to taste funny any time I do have one. And if you cut down on salt for a while, you start to notice the things you used to love taste TOO salty. It becomes overpowering. But once you start eating them on a regular basis again the tastes become less overwhelming and then you start craving more.

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