While I never struggled with an eating disorder, I struggled with eating.
I wanted so badly to be thin that at one point I was afraid of eating two apples a day (one of my fave foods).
I’d think long and hard about the sugar content and whether two apples per day over time would add up to extra pounds.
I think the fear of foods – whether it’s high-calorie or high-carb foods or fast food – has become commonplace in our culture, fed, in part, by women’s magazines and hysteria over the obesity epidemic.
Food fears tend to kick-start a vicious cycle of restricting and overeating, leading to disordered eating, and possibly to an eating disorder.
This is such an important topic, so I wanted to get expert insight on it.
Today, I’m pleased to present my interview with Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD, who specializes in children and adults with eating disorders.
Marcia founded the Dartmouth College Eating Disorders Prevention, Education and Treatment Program. Currently, she sees clients in private practice and co-writes a blog about eating disorders and nutrition.
Below, Marcia discusses the definition of food fears, how they develop, the signs of unhealthy food anxiety and more.