For some people, “food becomes this primary source of self-worth and happiness and meaning.”
This is a problem when people are so preoccupied with what they can and can’t eat that they stop normal activities like attending family dinners or going to restaurants with their friends out of fear of eating the wrong thing, said Dr. Blake Woodside, medical director emeritus of Toronto General Hospital’s eating disorder program.
“There are things in life that are supposed to be pleasurable, and one of them is eating and enjoying eating,” he said. “And if you spend all your time worrying about what you’re eating, and anxious about it, and afraid of food, that deprives you of one of life’s important pleasures and reduces your quality of life.”
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