"None of the results surprise me," said Novick, who recovered from a 40-year history with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and disordered eating patterns. "They're consistent with my own experiences and what I've observed as a personal trainer for 15 years. I see this every day."
More than 47% of the respondents occasionally or frequently eat in secret. While 32% have considered purging, 20% admit to purging occasionally or often. Respondents had the opportunity to share their thoughts about food and dieting. Feedback ranged from "I struggle with emotional eating" and "food has always been my enemy" to "I wish we didn't have to eat, as a species."
"This is a serious problem, and not just in young women," said Novick. "The psychological role food plays in many people's lives is destructive and potentially dangerous. This is about a lot more than just dieting and weight loss."
Complete survey results are available at http://www.lastingchangenow.com/wp-content/uploads/Food_Rules_Special_Report_from_Lasting_Change.pdf
From the September 8, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.