Eating disorder

Don’t Deprive…Eat for Your Body and THRIVE!

We are constantly bombarded with messages about our weight.  We are told that thinness equals beauty and that being fat is a bad, shameful thing.  We receive conflicting information about the best ways to maintain a healthy body, and fad crash diets are regularly promoted in the media.  It’s no wonder that many of us are at a loss when it comes to figuring out the best way to eat for our bodies.  Most people who seek to lose weight view it as a task that requires depriving themselves and severely restricting calories. However, university researchers recently examined another way of eating called “intuitive eating.”  With this method, people are encouraged to eat based on principles such as:

  • Eat whatever you want.  Don’t deny yourself a particular food.
  • Eat based on physical hunger, rather than on emotions like sadness or boredom.
  • Recognize your body’s signals for being hungry and full.
  • Respect your body and accept that it is beautiful at any size.

The researchers discovered that people who ate intuitively had healthier eating habits, better mental health, and higher self esteem.  So, instead of dieting and obsessing over weight, try focusing on the overall health of your body and learning to listen to its eating signals.  You may just be healthier and happier for it!


Schaefer, J. T. & Magnuson, A. B. (2014). A review of interventions that promote eating by internal cues. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 114, 734-760.

*Article edited by Dr. Mikki Sherwood.

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