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Unsure if I have a disorder

My wife is concerned I have an unhealthy relationship with food because I count calories and macros daily. I do have a bit of body dysmorphia because of a lot of things:
When I was a kid I was very skinny as a wrestler, so that did harbor a negative relationship with food at a young age. College freed me from that and I put on a ton of weight rapidly. Then I lost a lot of weight to get healthier about 4 yes after graduation, which focused mostly on avoiding certain foods and exercising. And I was in a stage performance in 2019 where I lost weight to fit a vision, but I had the understanding that I wouldn't ever do that again once the show ended.
Since then I've just been counting to make sure I eat the right amount of food for my size, and keep things balanced. This to me feels like a more generalized idea of eating. I also exercise several times a week. I'm not skipping meals, though I do tend to skip a snack in the day and then binge later at night.

Is this obsessive? Or some type of disorder?


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Hey there,

Well, it does sound like you've been involved in a lot of episodes where weight and eating has been tied into your self-image, so there's that.
But what I would ask myself is to what extent these sorts of things are getting in the way of things from an emotional standpoint. That would seem to be what defines " a problem" to me.
Also, what sort of level of anxiety or self-condemnation might you find yourself feeling if you strayed from whatever routine you have set for yourself ? I think that's a measure of things as well.
In any case, just some things to think about.