Disordered eating includes a wide range of abnormal eating and weight behaviors such as chronic dieting, frequent weight fluctuations, yoyo dieting, rigid and unhealthy food and/or exercise patterns, feelings of guilt and shame when unable to maintain rigid food and/or exercise patterns, feeling like you need to make up for eating. Disordered eating is not an eating disorder, but is unhealthy and can interfere with quality of life. Furthermore, 20-25% of those with disordered eating will progress to a full-blown eating disorder. Sometimes disordered eating can be an early warning sign that an eating disorder is developing. If you are concerned about yourself, a friend, or a family member, don’t wait. Research suggests that early intervention here can help prevent full-blown eating disorders. When caught early we can prevent years of suffering and save lives!