Irrational Relationship to Food

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

I think I have an eating disorder. However I know I’m too thin. Is it possible to have an eating disorder and think of oneself as too skinny? My doc automatically says no because people with eating disorders think they are too fat. However I have to force myself to get in a measly 500 calories a day and many days I dont even hit that goal. I think about food and mealtime constantly. I just want to eat like a normal person. I appreciate any input. Thank You

A: Yes, you probably do have an eating disorder. It may not fit the classic definition of anorexia, but you do have an abnormal relationship to food. Rather than focusing on getting a diagnosis, please turn your attention to getting some help. You can locate a treatment center or therapist through The Eating Disorders Information and Referral Center. Visit their website at

You made an important first step for getting help by writing to us here at PsychCentral. Now, please take the next step. Your daily calorie intake is dangerously low. I’m glad you want to eat like a normal person. Now please take the steps to reach that goal.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie




Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Feb 2012

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2012). Irrational Relationship to Food. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2015, from

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