Eating Disorders: Most Popular Articles
10 things you may be doing but shouldn't if you want to help support your adolescent in their recovery.
One of the most troublesome symptoms of anorexia nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders is the sufferer’s belief that they are not ill.
Restrictive eating disorders, those characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss, can manifest in individuals at higher weights
A fictional account of the day to day experience of someone with anorexia nervosa.
Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder or OSFED, formerly known as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) is less well known than anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
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.
Eating disorders in children and younger adolescents often present differently than they do in older individuals. Here are 4 signs to watch for.
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for anorexia nervosa.
Rumination disorder, which affects mainly disabled children and adults, involves regurgitating swallowed food. Learn what help is available.
The binge-purge cycle is a predictable pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviors most frequently associated with bulimia.
If you notice that your child has fallen off either their height or weight curves, ask your physician to conduct a careful history and physical.
10 things you may be doing (but shouldn't be) if you have an eating disorder.
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for bulimia nervosa.
Tthe new Barbie is a step in the right direction. It is my hope that we will start to see even more body diversity in images, toys, and in the media.
Recovery from AN requires weight restoration and nutritional rehabilitation. This must be prioritized over insight. Three recent studies on the brain illustrate why.
Does your son or daughter have an eating disorder? Learn more about how to help support them along the recovery process.
Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients' and providers' best allies in 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.
Learn what a day in the life is like for someone with bulimia nervosa in this fictional account of bingeing, purging and obsessing about food.
A listing of symptoms commonly experienced with eating disorders.
The simple five-question SCOFF Questionnaire can identify people who may have anorexia or bulimia, priming them to reach out for professional help.
There are numerous reasons to encourage consumption of a more varied diet, not only for individuals in recovery, but for eaters in general.
A summary of DSM-V criteria for Anorexia Nervosa
Teatox is a nutrition and cleansing program that involves drinking special teas that often contain ingredients that sound harmless but are not.
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 behaviors commonly occur in those with eating disorders. They may contribute to anxiety, depression, negative mood and increased body dissatisfaction and can maintain an eating disorder.
When you have an eating disorder, anything you do to relieve the guilt of eating is considered a 'compensatory behavior.' Learn why this is important.
In growing recognition of the centrality of food and eating to the recovery process, an emerging trend is the provision of meal support in additional settings.
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.
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.
Several factors influence whether you'll fully recover from anorexia nervosa. Learn what these factors are, and how they might affect your treatment.
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A fictional account of the day-to-day experience of someone suffering from binge eating disorder.
Many people who have bulimia suffer through multiple cycles of binging-and-purging. Understanding these cycles is the first step in stopping them.
Eating Disorders suffer from an “image problem” with dangerous consequences: they are believed to affect only white females and to be a function of choice and vanity.
Eating disorders have the highest death rates among mental illnesses. Suicide and cardiovascular complications are common causes.
An Eating Disorder Specialist Shares Five Strategies for Improving Body Image
Hospitalization for anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders may sound frightening, but it can be life-saving in some cases. Learn what to expect.
Many people with eating disorders also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn the links between the two conditions, and how they're treated.
An overview of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa, also known as the Maudsley method.
Two recently published books by respected colleagues are wonderful additions to body positive children’s literature.
An overview of dialectical behavior therapy and its application in the treatment of eating disorders.
Learn the connection between eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder, a condition involving constant worry over perceived flaws in appearance.
The topic of eating disorders in transgender individuals has been largely ignored by researchers and clinicians. However, a new study sheds light.
Learn more about interpersonal therapy and how it works to help treat eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Relapses are discouraging, but are a normal part of the recovery process. They offer the opportunity for both learning and strengthening recovery.
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.
Are you preoccupied with thoughts of food? Restriction may be the cause. According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, food is one of the five basic needs required for survival.
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.'
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)? How was it developed and what are its limitations?
Research shows that many people suffering from an eating disorder have also experienced abuse and/or trauma in their past.
Mental health professionals changed how they diagnose eating disorders as part of the DSM-V. Learn about the changes and what they could mean for you.
A list of suggested ways to improve your body image and counter negative body image.
What could be behind a personality or mood change? Have you considered food intake? Why do we say food is medicine?
An overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its use in the treatment of eating disorders.
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.
Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It takes hard work and focus. Prioritize recovery now; life can wait.
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.
Eating disorders in men and boys are more common than you think, but you may not recognize them.
Fortunately, most eating disorders are able to be treated on an outpatient basis. Learn what to expect from outpatient therapy and who qualifies.
To be officially diagnosed with binge-eating disorder, you must meet several criteria, including multiple episodes of binge-eating. Here's a list.
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.
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for binge eating disorder.
An overview of the types of eating disorders and their characteristic symptoms.
Your body can do some amazing things, and it deserves your respect and love. These positive body affirmations can help you ward off negative thoughts.
If you have bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or subclinical versions of either of these, self-help may be beneficial.
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.
An overview of both outpatient and inpatient treatment of eating disorders.
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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.
It’s so hard to support a child with an eating disorder when we’re not OK. What can we parents do when we’re in the grip of fear, hate, anger or despair?
A solid treatment team is important when recovering from an eating disorder. Learn more about dietitians and the role they'll play in your recovery.
Many people with anorexia nervosa are perfectionists. Learn how this personality trait can impact eating disorders, both before and after recovery.
Depression and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Learn more about how these two disorders are related and how they are treated together.
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.
It’s well-known that bulimia nervosa that includes self-induced vomiting may cause serious oral problems, but what exactly are the concerns?
Holiday meals often bring an increase in disordered eating. However, with appropriate pre-planning, they can be managed and enjoyed.
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 causes of eating disorders are complex and varied. They include social and cultural expectations, biological and familial factors, media influence and specific environmental stressors.
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.
Weight stigma refers to negative attitudes toward a person because he or she is overweight or obese. Weight stigma seems to be the last socially acceptable form of discrimination in our society.
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.
Steps for a calm and successful grocery shopping experience when you are in treatment and/or recovery from an 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social media, fashion magazines and TV have an impact on eating disorders. Learn what the research shows, and how much the media may increase risk.
Most people want to eat healthy, but focusing on it to the point where it interferes with your life may mean you have symptoms of orthorexia nervosa.
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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.
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.
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.
As concerns regarding childhood obesity rise, so do the number of schools engaging in BMI measurement programs. Unfortunately, while these programs may intend to help students, they may actually be harming them.
How to talk to a friend who you believe may be struggling with an eating disorder.
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.
A review of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD & Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA.
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Compulsive exercise may get in the way of activities a person enjoys, interfere in relationships with loved ones and can lead to physical consequences.
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.
Every year, the National Eating Disorders Association promotes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Learn more about how you can get involved.
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.
Questions to ask yourself as you consider a higher level of care for you or a loved one in the treatment of eating disorders.
Self-monitoring is one of the first steps toward recovery from eating disorders and can be a rich source of information for anyone struggling with their relationship with food.
A summary of DSM-IV-TR criteria for Eating Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified, including criteria for Binge Eating Disorder.
Nine Truths About Eating Disorders
Definition and symptoms of purging disorder, an eating disorder distinct from bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.
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.
Halloween can be a wonderful opportunity to help children develop their intuitive eating skills!
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.
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.
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.
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.
While many schools are beginning to implement BMI measurement programs, you can speak out against them. Use this form letter as a way to let your school or representatives know that you believe this is a dangerous idea.
Misconceptions and myths about eating disorders are incredibly prevalent. Learn more about some of the top myths about eating disorders.
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.
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.
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.
Review of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban, one of the few recovery memoirs written by a male.
Most treatment for eating disorders is done by a team of professionals. Learn about each person and how they can help you achieve recovery.
Missouri’s New Eating Disorder Law, Senate Bill 145, Hopes to Close Mental Health Parity Insurance Loopholes
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.
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.
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.
Choosing a treatment center for your son or daughter can seem extremely overwhelming. Learn what questions to ask and which options are available to consider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Exercise Balance: What's Too Much, What's Too Little, and What's Just Right For You! can help anyone who's struggling with how much to exercise.
an acronym commonly used for bulimia nervosa
A definition of compulsive exercise, also known as compensatory exercise or excessive exercise.
Statistics on the prevalence of eating disorders.
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.
Make some realistic and achievable resolutions for your recovery this year.
an acronym commonly used for Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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.
Eating disorders are known to be familial in nature. Is this a function of biology or shared environment?
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.
Synopsis of research study examining the relationship between masculinity and femininity withbody-image concerns among males.
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 process.
Although it isn't a diagnosable condition, drunkorexia is a dangerous set of behaviors combining the risks of both eating disorders and binge drinking.
A summary of diagnostic criteria and information regarding other specified feeding or eating disorder and unspecified feeding or eating disorder.
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.
Review of The Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT.
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.
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an acronym commonly used for anorexia nervosa
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.