Eating Disorders: Most Popular Articles
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for anorexia nervosa.
If you have a loved one struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder, you want to be supportive. However, even with the best of intentions, there are some things that simply should not be said. This is that list. Learn what can be unhelpful and how to can actually be harmful to recovery.
A fictional account of the day to day experience of someone with anorexia nervosa.
The binge-purge cycle is a predictable pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviors most frequently associated with bulimia.
10 things you may be doing (but shouldn't be) if you have an eating disorder.
An overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its use in the treatment of eating disorders.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder is a problem often seen in childhood and is characterized by a refusal or extreme restriction of food. Learn about the diagnostic criteria and other information regarding ARFID.
A summary of DSM-V criteria for Anorexia Nervosa
An overview of dialectical behavior therapy and its application in the treatment of eating disorders.
Many people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia also struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Learn more about how these disorders are related, and how having both affects treatment.
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for bulimia nervosa.
Do you feel like you are on a never-ending roller coaster of binge eating and purging? Understanding the binge-purge cycle can be a first step in learning how to get off of it.
An overview of the types of eating disorders and their characteristic symptoms.
An overview of both outpatient and inpatient treatment of eating disorders.
A summary of DSM-V criteria for bulimia nervosa.
An overview of how media depictions of the thin ideal affect body image, self-esteem, and eating behaviors.
Generalized anxiety disorder is an extreme form of anxiety that many people with eating disorders suffer from. Learn more about this disorder and how it affects treatment.
The publication of the DSM-V in 2013 brought about many changes (and additions) the the diagnostic criteria of eating disorders. Learn more in this summary.
A list of suggested ways to improve your body image and counter negative body image.
Anorexia nervosa is a disease of self-starvation. The longer a person struggles with anorexia, the more likely he/she is to experience medical complications and potential death. Learn more about how anorexia affects the body.
An overview of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa, also known as the Maudsley method.
10 things you may be doing but shouldn't if you want to help support your adolescent in their recovery.
Deciding to seek help from a dietician can seem scary and overwhelming. Learn more about who dietitians are and the role they will play in your recovery from an eating disorder.
Research shows that many people suffering from an eating disorder have also experienced abuse and/or trauma in their past.
Fortunately, most eating disorders are able to be treated on an outpatient basis. Learn more about what this entails and who it is appropriate for.
The SCOFF Questionnaire is a simple and accurate screening tool for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
If you know someone who is struggling with binge eating disorder (BED), then you likely want to be supportive of them. However, even the most well-meaning people can say things that can be hurtful, shame-inducing, and possibly triggering. Keep in mind this list of suggestions as you think of things you shouldn’t say to someone with BED.
Rumination disorder is a problem that occurs when someone repeatedly regurgitates their food and then may re-chew and/or re-swallow it. Although most commonly seen among people with developmental delays and/or intellectual disabilities it is also a problem among the sufferers of eating disorders as well.
Sometimes referred to as 'reverse anorexia' or 'bigorexia', muscle dysmorphia occurs when a person is obsessed with building musculature at the expense of relationships and other areas of his/her life.
Getting an accurate diagnosis depends on the honesty of the person who may have an eating disorder. However, with accurate information, the diagnostic process is straightforward.
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.
Does your son or daughter have an eating disorder? Learn more about how to help support them along the recovery process.
Finding the right therapist to help you recover from an eating disorder can seem confusing and overwhelming. Learn more about the type of education and credentials therapists have and what it means.
Learn more about interpersonal therapy and how it works to help treat eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Although people with body dysmorphic disorder and those with eating disorders both suffer from concerns about outward appearance, these two issues are distinctly different. Learn more about body dysmorphic disorder and how it can be related to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
The causes of eating disorders are complex and varied. They include social and cultural expectations, biological and familial factors, media influence and specific environmental stressors.
Every year, the National Eating Disorders Association promotes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Learn more about how you can get involved.
The path to full recovery from an eating disorder can be a difficult and long journey. It is important for everyone involved to have realistic expectations.
A listing of symptoms commonly experienced with eating disorders.
Statistics on the prevalence of eating disorders.
Perfectionism has long been associated with anorexia nervosa. Learn more about this personality trait and how it is related to eating disorders.
Compulsive exercise may get in the way of activities a person enjoys, interfere in relationships with loved ones and can lead to physical consequences.
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for binge eating disorder.
Review of The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown - a book about living a joyful, congruent, wholehearted life and letting go of what is getting in the way.
Health at Every Size (HAES) is a movement away from the current weight loss focused paradigm and towards a focus on encouraging and increasing healthy behaviors. Learn more about this research-supported way of life.
Review of Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder by James Lock, MD, PhD & Daniel LeGrange, PhD.
Most people do or will know someone who has an eating disorder. Learn more about how you can be supportive of recovery and help a friend who is suffering.
A fictional account of the day-to-day experience of someone suffering from bulimia nervosa.
Definition of compensatory behaviors, a symptom seen in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Bulimia nervosa is a disease in which a person overeats (binges) and repeatedly purges to compensate for the binge. As such, medical complications are common and sometimes deadly. Learn more about the complications people with bulimia are at risk for developing.
A summary of diagnostic criteria and information regarding other specified feeding or eating disorder and unspecified feeding or eating disorder.
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.'
Sometimes outpatient treatment is simply not enough. At the same time, inpatient hospitalization may not be needed. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) provide a higher level of care while maintaining flexibility.
Pica is a disorder in which sufferers eat non-food or non-nutritive substances. This dangerous practice is sometimes seen as a symptom of anorexia nervosa.
Unfortunately, not all eating disorders can be treated on an outpatient basis. Learn more about what a long-term treatment option like residential care could provide you, or your loved one.
A summary of DSM-V criteria for binge eating disorder
Psychiatrists are an integral part of the treatment team for eating disorders. Learn more about these professionals and how they can help you in recovery.
Eating disorders are dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Inpatient hospitalization may be necessary when someone is experiencing medical complications or is unable to make progress in recovery on an outpatient basis. Learn more about the structure and support inpatient care provides.
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.
While focusing some attention on eating healthy foods can be a good thing, orthorexia nervosa is a type of disordered eating in which someone is obsessed with eating in a particular way.
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A review of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD & Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA.
Borderline personality disorder is an illness characterized by instability and mood swings. It is commonly seen in sufferers of bulimia nervosa. Learn more about how these two issues are related.
Compulsive exercise can lead to many medical complications and is often associated with eating disorders. This questionnaire can help determine if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from symptoms of overexercise.
For many people, dieting is or has been a part of life for most of their lives. This isn’t really all that surprising. There is a multimillion-dollar diet industry that floods the media with advertisements for the latest way to lose weight and the foods to do it with. A study published in 1993 examined the number of diet product commercials and the total number of diet food commercials over the course of nineteen years (1973-1991) and found that they increased nearly linearly. This is in addition to obesity prevention campaigns and the overwhelming message of the media in promoting the thin ideal.
Navigating which level of care is right for you (or your loved one) can be a daunting task. Learn more about each level of care and what services each can provide.
Although many people want (and may need) to exercise more, some people suffer from compulsive exercising - which can be a symptom of eating disorders and/or body dysmorphic disorder. See if you're overdoing it.
Review of Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown - a personal account of her family's journey to help her daughter recover through Family-Based Treatment.
As a practice that promotes acceptance and balance, yoga can be an ideal form of exercise for those suffering from eating disorders and body image issues. Research has even shown that practitioners are less critical of their bodies and more accepting.
How to talk to a friend who you believe may be struggling with an eating disorder.
Misconceptions and myths about eating disorders are incredibly prevalent. Learn more about some of the top myths about eating disorders.
A fictional account of the day-to-day experience of someone suffering from binge eating disorder.
Most treatment for eating disorders is done by a team of professionals. Learn about each person and how they can help you achieve recovery.
Unfortunately for many eating disorder sufferers, eating out at restaurants can prove to be incredibly anxiety provoking and possibly triggering of eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. There are many things you can do to make eating out a pleasurable experience that allows you to eat good food and connect with people around you.
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.
Steps for a calm and successful grocery shopping experience when you are in treatment and/or recovery from an eating disorder
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.
Review of Brené Brown's I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Telling The Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy & Power - a book about shame & shame-resilience.
Although it isn't a diagnosable condition, drunkorexia is a dangerous set of behaviors combining the risks of both eating disorders and binge drinking.
It is well known that the incidence of eating disorders is higher among elite athletes. What should an athlete struggling with disordered eating or compulsive exercise do?
Summer can be a difficult time of year for people with body-image issues and eating disorders. Consider these tips to help you enjoy summer and wear summer clothing while feeling great about yourself.
Ashley Judd is an actress, humanitarian and self-proclaimed feminist. She was rumored to have an eating disorder when she entered treatment for personal issues in 2006.
Finding the right therapist for you, who is qualified to treat eating disorders can seem overwhelming. Consider these guidelines as you begin your search.
A definition of cognitive distortions and examples of how they apply to eating disorders.
Deciding to seek treatment for an eating disorder is a huge step and the process of finding the right therapist and/or treatment center for you can seem overwhelming. Here are resources to help.
Depression and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Learn more about how these two disorders are related and how they are treated together.
The terms binge eating and emotional overeating are sometimes used interchangeably but actually refer to two distinct issues that may be part of an eating disorder.
Questions to ask yourself as you consider a higher level of care for you or a loved one in the treatment of eating disorders.
Wynonna Judd is an American singer song-writer who has had a successful career, both as part of the singing duo The Judds and as a solo artist. She has candidly discussed her struggles with food and weight as well as her difficult family relationships.
The female athlete triad is a complication of eating disorders that occurs when someone suffers from bone mineral density problems, menstrual irregularity, and disordered eating. Learn more about how this triad can be harmful, how common it is, and how it is treated.
Learn more about this form of disordered eating that occurs when diabetic patients skip insulin doses in order to lose weight.
Demi Lovato is an American singer/songwriter and actress who has been open and honest about her struggles with anorexia, bulimia and related issues.
Eating disorders are known to be familial in nature. Is this a function of biology or shared environment?
Do you experience insomnia and compulsive eating at night? If so, you may have night eating syndrome. Learn more about this type of disordered eating.
Male and female athletes can be at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder. This is thought to be because of increased pressure and vulnerable personality traits.
A definition of compulsive exercise, also known as compensatory exercise or excessive exercise.
Review of Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys - a personal account of how she went without mirrors (or other reflective surfaces) for a year with the goal of learning to love her body.
Contrary to popular belief, men can develop eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Learn more about this issue.
Review of The Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT.
A summary of DSM-IV-TR criteria for Eating Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified, including criteria for Binge Eating Disorder.
The amount of time spent with students provides teachers and coaches the unique opportunity to influence and build relationships with their students each year. On the other hand, they also have the responsibility of watching out for problems and challenges that their students are facing each year. If you are a teacher or coach that works with adolescents or young adults, I urge you to learn about eating disorders of all types and work to create a body-positive environment in your school.
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.
Make some realistic and achievable resolutions for your recovery this year.
Many people who suffer from an eating disorder have also experienced abuse and/or trauma, making them at risk for suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn more about how these two issues are related.
If you're planning to make new year's resolutions this year, consider this list of guidelines to make resolutions that are realistic and achievable.
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.
The promotion of the 'thin' ideal and idea that you can achieve perfection by today's media affects all of us. Become a critical viewer of the media and fight these messages.
If you need to go to a higher level of care such as inpatient hospitalization or a residential treatment facility, the options can seem overwhelming. Learn more about what questions to ask and things to consider.
Self-harm and self-mutilation is common among people who also suffer from an eating disorder. Learn more about this problem, how common it is, and what causes it.
Review of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D. - a book about the challenges adolescent girls face in American culture.
Starting college can be an exciting, but difficult, transition. Learn more about how to prepare for this life change and maintain your recovery from anorexia or bulimia.
Substance use and abuse problems are often associated with bulimia nervosa. Learn more about how these issues are related and how treatment must be modified to accommodate the increased complexity.
Recovery from an eating disorder requires that you learn how to take care of yourself - physically, spiritually and relationally. Learn more about what this means and how you can begin taking care of yourself.
Review of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban, one of the few recovery memoirs written by a male.
If your scale is a source of stress and anxiety, consider these six ways to get rid of it (and have a little fun in the process).
The majority of people with an eating disorder also struggle with symptoms of other mental illnesses as well. Learn more about these diagnoses and how they affect treatment and recovery.
For many people, events and celebrations with a focus on food can be stressful and anxiety provoking. Consider including some of these ideas (that don't involve food) in your holiday celebrations this year.
Elite athletes are at a higher risk for developing eating disorders. It is important for parents to be educated about this risk and stay involved.
A definition of body checking, a symptom seen in eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.
About.com Guide to Eating Disorders, Susan Cowden, interviews Brian Cuban about his book, eating disorders, recovery and bullying.
Review of Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by Crystal Renn.
a serious, possibly life-threatening eating disorder characterized by repeated episodes of binge eating and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting
Review of Hungry to be Whole: A Therapist's Story of Healing from Anorexia by Brooke Wesley, LSCSW.
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.
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Review of Laura Collins' book Eating With Your Anorexic - a personal account of her family's journey to help her daughter recover through Family-Based Treatment.
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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.
a term used to describe websites and other media whose goal it is to promote bulimia nervosa
Wanting to choose a gift for a loved one who is recovering from an eating disorder? Here are a few ideas that help support recovery and show how much you care.
Review of the children's book, Shapesville by Andy Mills & Becky Osborn - a book that encourages positive body image in young boys and girls.
One myth about eating disorders is that they only affect adolescents and young adults. Learn more about how they affect women over the age of 50.