Having healthy attitudes toward food and your body can help prevent you from developing an eating disorder.

The following steps can help you develop such healthy attitudes:

  • Maintain a healthy weight and body image.
  • Maintain a rational approach to dieting, food, and exercise.
  • Know and avoid triggers.
  • Receive treatment, as necessary.
  • Work on building a meaningful, fulfilling, and satisfying life.
  • Develop effective coping skills.
  • Maintain a Rational Approach to Dieting, Food, and Exercise

    Do not diet, even if you need to lose weight. Rather, you need a meal plan that gives you adequate nutrition for health and normal growth. You can work toward a healthy weight by limiting your intake of high fat foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates. You should also eat whole grains , fruits, vegetables , and protein . If you need help planning your diet, a registered dietitian or nutritionist can help.

    Also, make sure you get regular, but not excessive, exercise. This can help you maintain a healthy weight. 30-60 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week is sufficient.