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Nigella Lawson: “People are using certain diets as a way to hide an eating disorder”

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On how obsessive healthy eating is an actual eating disorder:

“People are using certain diets as a way to hide an eating disorder or a great sense of unhappiness and unease with their own body. There is a way in which food is used either to self-congratulate—you’re a better person because you’re eating like that—or to self-persecute, because you’ll not allow yourself to eat the foods you want. I generally think it is not food if it is through that being thinner is always better. What happens as a result is that somehow you are seen as a better person. If you are naturally thin, that is fantastic, but if you have to starve yourself to be thin, it is not good to encourage people to be in that shape because it is not good for you.”

On her mom’s struggles with eating disorders:

“I kind of put two and two together. I knew she had a thing about thinness but I worked it out later. When she was dying she allowed herself to eat. To wait until you’ve got a terminal disease to enjoy eating is an awful thing.”

Her philosophy:

Everything in moderation. There are times when you need a slice of cake. You don’t eat it every day, but life has to be balanced and not too restricted.

… says the 55 year-old famous chef.

 

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cheeze.wiz
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cheeze.wiz

I kind of agree with her, but I also think this mindset can be harmful to people who eat well and do not have an eating disorder… But I do think this does happen… she also does not look like herself here, she looks puffy… It looks like she has had some work done and maybe is healing or something… I loved her cooking show and have some of her cook books, she’s always seemed like a kind lady 🙂

liese
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liese

So true about moderation. I have many relatives who don’t understand this – when I go for a visit, I see them eating 3 desserts a day, like a doughnut w/breakfast, cupcake after lunch, bowl of ice cream after supper…this is just everyday normal to them and they think my family is ‘super healthy’ because we will have 1 treat a day and salad with dinner. People’s perceptions on food are so warped.
Nigella has a radiant smile!

HB
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HB

One could argue that that kind of balance is “super healthy”! But you’re right, for some people it’s really just relative.

angry_bird
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angry_bird

I like the last quote. Yep, moderation is the key, but for many people it’s really difficult.
But in the second picture she reminds me of professor Snape from Harry Potter a bit… A younger version of Snape.

Agatha
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Agatha

But I don’t like cake…

Tiina
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Tiina

What do you mean by calling saying naturally thin bs?

Michelle
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Michelle

Absolutetly. I can think of several women who are either- gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegan. And it’s just a way to hide their eds. Gluten is not bad, Jesus. Unless you have been to a Dr. and been diagnosed with celiac I don’t want to hear it. It’s just a way to avoid eating carbs. Same with the stupid Paleo diet. Another fad diet, pretty much Atkins in disguise. We have a natural instinct to enjoy food for a reason. Eat, enjoy, don’t feel guilt. Don’t eat too much, exercise. Being model thin is JUST as unhealthy as being… Read more »

anna
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anna

I totally get what you’re saying and it’s true in a lot of cases, but there are also people who follow some of those diets just because it honestly makes them feel better, or helps them deal with a health problem, major or minor. I don’t think it’s completely fair to invalidate a diet when it can actually help people. The problem is the people who abuse it by using it as an excuse for their food-phobias, like you’re saying. That doesn’t mean those diets don’t have their place for some people though.

Michelle
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Michelle

I think its just in their heads for the vast majority of them, and I don’t think that’s healthy psyhocogically. I mean also, if you go from eating chips and cookies to eating a bit healthier you will probably feel better.

anna
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anna

So you think lactose intolerance isn’t a thing? My boyfriend gets sick within half an hour of consuming lactose every single time… yeah totally in his head. He can eat it if he takes a lactaid pill but it’s a pain to carry those around all the time and have to remember, its easier to tell people he doesn’t eat dairy when going out/visiting. There are also people who have seen marked improvements in their auto-immune diseases when going paleo for example. That is not in their heads, there is physical/medical evidence that their condition actually improves. I don’t exactly… Read more »

Char
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Char

Please don’t think about Veganism as a diet; it’s about ethics, not diet.

Calia
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Calia

You’re absolutely right, but a couple of the people I know who talk about veganism the most are the ones who do it for two weeks maximum at the time to “get skinny.” It’s so dumb. They treat it like any other diet, unlike the majority of vegans. So maybe the poster was referencing those kinds of people.

Rachel
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Rachel

I agree vegan ism is usually about ethics. I have heard a lot of the younger people these days going vegan for “health” though , which equates to being skinny for them. It’s very common in eating disorders for them to use veganism to hide their ed. sad but true.

May
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May

Eh, it’s not that simple. There are many people who just don’t go to the doctor and thus don’t have a diagnosis, but know they feel better gluten free, or on an IBS diet, or lactose free, etc. If someone tells me they feel better eating a certain way, I assume that they do in fact feel better. For example, my brother is not lactose intolerant, but eating dairy makes him feel ill. His avoidance of dairy is not an ED lol. I’d say continuing to eat something that makes you feel ill is more like an ED. Obviously, I’m… Read more »

alison
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alison

The only people who should be completely cutting gluten out of their diet, are people who have been tested for celiacs. Same with cutting out any other major food group – it should be at the recommendation of your doctor after some tests. Most of those diets are pretty extreme and unless your body really is messed up in how it digests things, you’re only harming it.

a
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a

Sorry but that is just BS. Cutting out gluten or wheat products, even if you’re not tested celiac, does not HARM your body in any way at all… what essential nutrient are you getting from wheat that you’re missing if you don’t eat it? oh that’s right…. none… cutting out ANY one food in particular is NOT harming your body.. cutting out an essential nutrient, or an entire food group, yes. But gluten/wheat is not a food group, it is a single food. There are tons of other sources of carbs out there (which is basically the only thing you… Read more »

HB
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HB

She is beautiful. And while I agree with some of her statements, I think they’re too all inclusive. But I think the overarching point is that disordered eating can and does exist independently of eating disorders themselves.

Hannah
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Hannah

Isn’t disordered eating always an eating disorder?

Calia
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Calia

I don’t think so. I think there’s a spectrum, like with alcoholism.

Rachel
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Rachel

I agree I think there’s a spectrum too. Only because I see a lot of disordered eating with people in my life, mainly women. They go on crash diets etc. don’t get me wrong I still think this is extremely harmful to their health, not just physically, but I think it is a sign of a much larger problem mentally. I do think it’s a sign of mental anguish, usually amused by a pressure to be thin from society. If we’re talking about diagnostic criteria for eating disorders then I think it’s different. Having said that I think diagnostic criteria… Read more »

annaa
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annaa

What you’re describing would be called EDNOS, “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” (ie doesn’t fit exact criteria for anorexia/bulimia), and yes it is and should be treated as a real eating disorder. Unfortuantely many people fall under the radar as you said because doctors/friends/family don’t notice the signs.

HB
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HB

Yes! I just meant that some diets are just diets whereas some others are used to mask disordered eating. Sorry, I wasn’t very clear there.

Elena
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Elena

She looks really good for 55 years old though

Ji
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Ji

Nigella is overweight and reliant on spanx, so I don’t think she’s the best person to be giving dietary advice.

HB
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HB

I think this comes more as enjoying-your-lifestyle advice than dietary- and she does seem happy!

Calia
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Calia

I just looked her up, and while spanx may enhance her look since she goes for tight dresses that emphasize an hourglass figure, she is most definitely NOT overweight.

Lulubelle
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Lulubelle

I completely agree, and if you have to eat a strict diet and deny yourself the things you enjoy eating just to be a certain size, you probably shouldn’t be that size to begin with. Im naturally slim, no matter what I eat. Some people are just naturally bigger, I’m not saying obese. I’m just saying some aren’t built to look like models or have super slim figures.