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    • Stopping the Binge-Purge Cycle Created: Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The binge-purge cycle is a predictable pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviors most frequently associated with bulimia." itemprop="description">...
    • Consequences of Compulsive Exercise Created: Thursday, September 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Compulsive exercise may get in the way of activities a person enjoys, interfere in relationships with loved ones and can lead to physical consequences." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • 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: Friday, February 28, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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: Tuesday, February 25, 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.
    • Can Eating Disorders Be Prevented? Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 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, January 30, 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.
    • Diagnostic Criteria for Binge-Eating Disorder Created: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    • Choosing an Eating Disorder Treatment Facility for Your Child or Adolescent Created: Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 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="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • Six Fun Things to Do With Your Scale (Besides Weigh Yourself) Created: Friday, May 17, 2013 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      If your scale is a source of stress and anxiety, consider these six ways to get rid of it (and have a little fun in the process)." itemprop="description"><...
    • Depression & Eating Disorders Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      Depression and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Learn more about how these two disorders are related and how they are treated together." itemprop="description" Sunday, July 29, 2012 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      Psychiatrists are an integral part of the treatment team for eating disorders. Learn more about these professionals and how they can help you in recovery." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • 10 Ways to Support Your Adolescent With an Eating Disorder Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      Does your son or daughter have an eating disorder? Learn more about how to help support them along the recovery process." itemprop="description">>
    • The Road to Recovery Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      The path to full recovery from an eating disorder can be a difficult and long journey. It is important for everyone involved to have realistic expectations." itemprop="des$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop="...
    • Diagnosis of Eating Disorders Created: Friday, January 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 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."
    • Hungry Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 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: Tuesday, January 28, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire Created: Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013
      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.
    • Female Athlete Triad Created: Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013
      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.
    • Compensatory Behaviors Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
      Definition of compensatory behaviors, a symptom seen in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
    • Pica Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
      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.
    • Eating Disorders & Sport Created: Sunday, September 29, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
      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?
    • Substance Use Disorders & Bulimia Nervosa Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
      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.

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