Scientifically Based Treatment for Disordered Eating When people have difficulty with disordered eating it is accompanied by intense emotions, attitudes and behaviors relating weight, physical appearance and food. Disordered eating behavior is medically serious, and can be life-threatening. These behaviors arise from a variety of biological, psychological and social factors. Sometimes disordered eating takes the shape of restricted eating behaviors, binge eating, and/or compensatory behaviors such as throwing-up, laxatives, or over-exercise. Whether or not you have a diagnosable eating disorder, a pre-occupation with food, weight or shape can dramatically interfere with life and in the worst case be lethal.