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    • 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.
    • 10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image Created: Friday, February 03, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      A list of suggested ways to improve your body image and counter negative body image.
    • Starting College Without Ed Created: Monday, August 06, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      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." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • 10 Things to Stop Doing If You Have an Eating Disorder Created: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      10 things you may be doing (but shouldn't be) if you have an eating disorder." itemprop="description"> Friday, April 12, 2013 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      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.
    • Diagnostic Changes in the DSM-V Created: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      Learn more about the changes and additions to the diagnostic criteria of eating disorders in the 2013 publication of the DSM-V." itemprop="description">
    • The Binge-Purge Cycle Created: Thursday, November 08, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      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."
    • Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa Created: Friday, February 03, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      An overview of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa, also known as the Maudsley method." itemprop="description"> Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
      Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for anorexia nervosa.
    • Symptoms & Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for bulimia nervosa.
    • Diagnosis of Eating Disorders Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      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.
    • Symptoms of Eating Disorders Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
      A listing of symptoms commonly experienced with eating disorders.
    • Diagnostic Criteria for Binge-Eating Disorder Created: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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    • Choosing an Eating Disorder Treatment Facility for Your Child or Adolescent Created: Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      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." itemprop="d="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • Depression & Eating Disorders Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      Depression and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Learn more about how these two disorders are related and how they are treated together." itemprop="description" Sunday, July 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      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." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • 10 Ways to Support Your Adolescent With an Eating Disorder Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      Does your son or daughter have an eating disorder? Learn more about how to help support them along the recovery process." itemprop="description">>
    • The Road to Recovery Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
      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." itemprop="des$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop="...
    • 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.
    • A Day in the Life of an Anorexic Created: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014
      A fictional account of the day to day experience of someone with anorexia nervosa.
    • 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.
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder & Eating Disorders Created: Friday, December 14, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      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...
    • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Created: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      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 infor...
    • Diagnostic Criteria for Anorexia Nervosa Created: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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    • Stopping the Binge-Purge Cycle Created: Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      The binge-purge cycle is a predictable pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviors most frequently associated with bulimia." itemprop="description">...
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders Created: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      An overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its use in the treatment of eating disorders." itemprop="description">