From the perspective of what is fit for human consumption, all modern eating is disordered eating. The consumption of processed foods in thoughtless combinations (à la the norms) is imbalanced. Three meals a day plus snacks is imbalanced. Grain, flesh, packaged foods and drinks – it’s all grossly out of line for the human body. The FDA guidelines and food pyramids themselves are disordered. It’s important to establish that “eating disorders” are not the exclusive domain of anorexics and bulimics.
The major “text book” eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and compulsive over-eating) have been particularly poorly understood and treated. The common threads that anorexics and bulimics all share are:
1. They are usually of above average intelligence.
2. They are typically (but not always) from high income households or backgrounds.
3. They are angry about something (that they are usually not conscious of).