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    • What are the Risk Factors for Purging in Young Women? Created: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
      Synopsis of a 2014 research study examining risk factors that are correlated with the eating disorder symptom of purging in young women.
    • A Review of Internet-Based Treatment Shows Mixed Results Created: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
      Technology continues to change the way we do many things and the practice of psychotherapy is no different. Learn more about the results of a 2013 research study examining the effectiveness of internet-based treatment options for eating disorders.
    • Recovery... There's an App for That Created: Thursday, September 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
      Smartphones are changing the way we do most things, and eating disorder recovery is no exception. Although they don't replace a therapist, one of these apps may be a great adjunct to your recovery...
    • Adolescent Girls With Anorexia Have Increased Fracture Risk Created: Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
      Synopsis of a 2014 research study that examined the risk of fracture in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. Interestingly, fracture risk continues to be increased in those with anorexia, even when bone mineral density is not decreased.
    • Your Eating Disorder Self vs. Your Healthy Self Created: Thursday, August 28, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2014
      Many therapists, treatment centers, and recovery books describe eating disorders as a separate 'self' or by externalizing it. This allows sufferers to begin making sense of the eating disorder and who they are without it. Learn more about how to decipher what's an eating disorder thought and what's a healthy, rational thought.
    • What is Normal Eating? Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      What is normal eating? And, are you doing it? Use these eight guidelines to determine if your eating is normal or if it could use some work.
    • How to Get Your Kid to Eat... But Not Too Much Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Review of How to Get Your Kid to Eat... But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter - a wonderful book that provides parents of children of all ages a framework from which to encourage healthful, normalized eating in their children.
    • "Old Talk" - Just as Dangerous as "Fat Talk"? Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Synopsis of a 2013 research study focusing on the correlation between "old talk" (speech focusing ont how old someone perceives that they look), body image problems, and eating disorder behaviors.
    • Don't Talk to Your Kids About Weight Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Synopsis of a 2013 research study examining how parental conversations about weight and/or size can lead to disordered eating behaviors while conversations about healthful eating may actually be protective.
    • Plus Sized Images Can Change Body Size Preferences Created: Monday, June 02, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014
      Synopsis of a 2012 research study examining the effect of viewing plus-sized bodies on body size preferences.
    • Do Our Utensils Affect How We Perceive Our Food? Created: Thursday, May 29, 2014 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
      A research study examining how the size, weight, and shape of our utensils can affect the way we perceive our food.
    • Eating Disorders in Middle-Aged Women Created: Thursday, May 29, 2014 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
      Synopsis of a research study examining the prevalence of eating disorders and 'subthreshold' eating disorder symptoms among middle-aged women.
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating - Is it Right for You? Created: Sunday, May 25, 2014 Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014
      Synopsis of a research study examining the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in the treatment of binge eating disorder.
    • Gender Role Endorsement Affects Male Body-Image Concerns Created: Thursday, May 22, 2014 Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014
      Synopsis of research study examining the relationship between masculinity and femininity withbody-image concerns among males.
    • What Factors Influence Recovery in Anorexia? Created: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
      Given that the outcome of anorexia nervosa is highly variable, researchers have been looking at what factors are predictive of either full recovery or chronic illness.
    • Purging Disorder Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Definition and symptoms of purging disorder, an eating disorder distinct from bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.
    • Health at Every Size Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Review of Health at Every Size: The Suprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD - abook that dispels common myths related to health and weight and gives an easy-to-read account of nutrition and metabolism.
    • 8 Signs Your Impulsivity May Be a Problem Created: Friday, March 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      Impulsivity is a personality characteristic that has been linked to bulimia nervosa. Unfortunately, impulsivity can result in many dangerous and negative consequences. This list can help you figure out if your impulsivity may be a problem.
    • Impulsivity in Bulimia Nervosa Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
      Impulsivity is a personality characteristic often seen alongside the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. Learn more about how these two issues are related and how it impacts sufferers.
    • Six Signs You May Be a Perfectionist Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Perfectionism is a personality trait that many people struggle with and is closely linked to a variety of mental health problems including eating disorders. Learn more about whether or not you are a perfectionist.
    • Challenge Perfectionism In Your Life Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Perfectionism is a personality characteristic closely linked with anorexia nervosa. Learn more about how to challenge these thoughts and behaviors in order to keep them from becoming a problem.
    • Perfectionism in Anorexia Nervosa Created: Friday, February 21, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Perfectionism has long been associated with anorexia nervosa. Learn more about this personality trait and how it is related to eating disorders.
    • Can Eating Disorders Be Prevented? Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      There is some controversy about whether or not eating disorders can be prevented. The short answer is "It's Complicated."
    • The Exercise Balance Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Review of The Exercise Balance: What's Too Much, What's Too Little, and What's Just Right For You by Pauline Powers, MD and Ron Thompson, PhD - a book detailing the consequences of too much and too little exercise and how to find the right balance for you.
    • Hungry Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Review of Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by Crystal Renn.
    • Five Healthy Body Resolutions for Everyone Created: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, May 10, 2014
      Resolutions about losing weight and dieting can be harmful to yourself and those around you. Here are five healthy resolutions that don't involve losing weight or 'eating right.'
    • Body Positive Affirmations Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Affirmations can help challenge and change negative thoughts about yourself - including those in regards to body image. Use this list of body-positive affirmations to begin your own list of things you love about yourself.
    • Cognitive Distortions Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      A definition of cognitive distortions and examples of how they apply to eating disorders.
    • Practicing Affirmations Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Practicing affirmations can help combat perfectionistic thinking and self-criticism and can even be helpful in the treatment of and recovery from eating disorders. Here is a list of affirmations to get you started.
    • Journaling Topics for Eating Disorders Created: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
      Journaling can be an essential part of recovery from an eating disorder. Here are five topics to get you started or tackle a case of writer's blcok.
    • Body Checking Created: Friday, November 29, 2013 Updated: Friday, November 29, 2013
      A definition of body checking, a symptom seen in eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.
    • The Twelve Steps and Principles for Eating Disorders Created: Friday, November 29, 2013 Updated: Friday, November 29, 2013
      Although the twelve steps was originally created as a tool for recovery from alcoholism, they have also been adapted for use by people suffering from eating disorders. Learn more about the steps and the principles behind them.

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