Eating Disorders Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26
Diagnosis of Eating Disorders
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.
Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
Cognitive Remediation Therapy is a new treatment for anorexia nervosa that focuses on the patient's process of thinking.
Eating Disorders in Transgender Communities
The topic of eating disorders in transgender individuals has been largely ignored by researchers and clinicians. However, a new study sheds light.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders
Many people with eating disorders also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn the links between the two conditions, and how they're treated.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Eating Disorders
Learn the connection between eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder, a condition involving constant worry over perceived flaws in appearance.
What Not to Say to Someone With Anorexia or Bulimia
If you have a loved one struggling with an eating disorder, you want to be supportive. Learn the list of things that simply should not be said.
37 Positive Body Affirmations to Fight a Negative Image
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.
Eating Disorders & Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
Research shows that many people suffering from an eating disorder have also experienced abuse and/or trauma in their past.
10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image
A list of suggested ways to improve your body image and counter negative body image.
Diagnostic Changes in the DSM-V for Eating Disorders
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.
Positive Body Image Books for Children
Two recently published books by respected colleagues are wonderful additions to body positive children’s literature.
What is Weight Stigma and Why Should We Care?
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.
Rare But Real Consequences of Binge Eating
Many people seem to regard binge eating as a benign eating disorder symptom. However, consequences like acute massive gastric dilatation are possible.
Excessive Exercise as an Eating Disorder Symptom
This article reviews how excessive exercise manifests in eating disorders, the risks of overexercising, and what to do about excessive exercise.
What Is Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders?
Family-based treatment (FBT, also referred to as Maudsley method), a manualized therapy, is a leading treatment for adolescent eating disorders.
Delays and Alternatives Help Prevent Binges and Purges
Two important tools for recovery from bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder and variants thereof are delays and alternatives.
Yes, Eating Disorders Can Be Deadly
Eating disorders have the highest death rates among mental illnesses. Suicide and cardiovascular complications are common causes.
Eating Disorder Behaviors: Tips for Difficult-to-Break Habits
Are you having a hard time stopping or decreasing dieting, purging, bingeing or exercise? The habit part of your brain may be really strong!
Symptoms & Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for anorexia nervosa.
Journaling Topics for Eating Disorders
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.
Symptoms of Eating Disorders
A listing of symptoms commonly experienced with eating disorders.
Interpersonal Therapy for People with Eating Disorders
Learn more about interpersonal therapy and how it works to help treat eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Diagnostic Criteria for Anorexia Nervosa
A summary of DSM-V criteria for diagnosing anorexia nervosa. Read about the criteria that must be met, and what categories professionals need to specify.
3 Myths About Male Eating Disorders
Eating disorders in men and boys are more common than you think, but you may not recognize them.
Think Your Child Has an Eating Disorder? What to Do
When it comes to eating disorders, it is better to overreact than to underreact. These steps will not create a problem if there is not already one.
Anosognosia and Anorexia
One of the most troublesome symptoms of anorexia nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders is the sufferer's belief that they are not ill.
Meal Support in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
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.
Should you externalize your (or your loved one’s) eating disorder?
Externalizing the eating disorder stems from narrative therapy; a central tenet is that the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.
Families and Eating Disorders
Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients' and providers' best allies in treatment of eating disorders.
Why Full Anorexia Recovery Is Crucial for Brain Health
Recovery from AN requires weight restoration and nutritional rehabilitation. This must be prioritized over insight. Three recent studies on the brain illustrate why.
Identifying Eating Disorders in Children: 4 Signs You Might Not Recognize
Eating disorders in children and younger adolescents often present differently than they do in older individuals. Here are 4 signs to watch for.
Cognitive Distortions and Eating Disorders
Learn what the term
Diagnostic Criteria for Binge-Eating Disorder
To be officially diagnosed with binge-eating disorder, you must meet several criteria, including multiple episodes of binge-eating. Here's a list.
MO's Eating Disorder Law to Close Insurance Loopholes
Missouri's eating disorder law, Senate Bill 145, hopes to close mental health parity insurance loopholes. Learn more.
Orthorexia is an obsession with healthy eating that escalates over time and may cause significant health risks.
Can Self-Help Help My Eating Disorder?
If you have bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or subclinical versions of either of these, self-help may be beneficial.
Barbie's New Makeover
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.
Two Steps to Being OK When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
It's so hard to support a child with an eating disorder. What can we parents do when we're in the grip of fear, hate, anger or despair?
Eating Disorders’ Image Problem
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, Periods, and Bone Health
Loss of menses during an eating disorder is a significant cause for concern that is best remedied by prompt weight restoration and sustained nutrition.
How to Prepare for Increased Body Exposure and Summer Activities
For many with eating disorders, wearing more revealing clothing such as shorts, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits is scary and something to avoid.
Dangers of the Instagram Teatox Culture
Teatox is a nutrition and cleansing program that involves drinking special teas that often contain ingredients that sound harmless but are not.
Bulimia Diagnosis Requires These 4 Factors
You don't have to
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
An overview of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its use in the treatment of eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Eating Disorders
Dialectical behavior therapy, a type of psychotherapy, may help people with binge-eating disorder and bulimia. Learn what's involved in the therapy.
Eating Disorder Dietitians: An Overview
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.
A Day in the Life of a Bulimic (A Fictional Account)
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 Day in the Life of an Anorexic (A Fictional Account)
Learn what it's like to be anorexic in this fictional account of a person who's obsessing about weight, avoiding food, and exercising too much.
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
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.
What Are Compensatory Behaviors in Eating Disorders?
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.
Spotlight on Treatment for Eating Disorders: Self-Monitoring
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.
Eating Disorders in Diverse Populations
People of diverse backgrounds find it helpful and encouraging to see themselves reflected in stories and images about eating disorders.
Coping With Relapses in Bulimia Recovery
Relapses are discouraging, but are a normal part of the recovery process. They offer the opportunity for both learning and strengthening recovery.
Bulimia and Your Oral Health
It’s well-known that bulimia nervosa that includes self-induced vomiting may cause serious oral problems, but what exactly are the concerns?
Factors Affecting Full Recovery from Anorexia
Several factors influence whether you'll fully recover from anorexia nervosa. Learn what these factors are, and how they might affect your treatment.
Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
9 Essential Facts About Eating Disorders
To fight the stigma surrounding eating disorders, 13 organizations have gathered to set the record straight. Here are nine facts about people with the condition.
Eating Disorder Truth 2
Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
Truth #9. Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
Nine Truths translations and collaborating organizations
The Nine Truths have already been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Estonian, German, Swedish, and Finnish.
Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
Eating Disorder Truth 3
Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
Eating Disorder Truth 1
Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
Recommended Treatments for Binge Eating Disorder
First-line treatment for binge eating disorder is individual psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most researched therapy for BED.
OSFED: The 'Other' Eating Disorder
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.
Why Food Variety Is Important to Eating Disorder Recovery
There are numerous reasons to encourage consumption of a more varied diet, not only for individuals in recovery, but for eaters in general.
Six Fun Things to Do With Your Scale (Besides Weigh Yourself)
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).
Why Food Is Medicine
What could be behind a personality or mood change? Have you considered food intake? Why do we say food is medicine?
Media Influence on Eating Disorders
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.
Meal Planning for Eating Disorder Recovery
Meal planning is a critical skill for recovery from all eating disorders.
Managing Holiday Meals Without Eating to Excess
Holiday meals often bring an increase in disordered eating. However, with appropriate pre-planning, they can be managed and enjoyed.
Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa
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.
This Halloween Let Them Eat Candy!
Halloween can be a wonderful opportunity to help children develop their intuitive eating skills!
10 Things to Stop Doing if You Have an Eating Disorder
10 things you may be doing (but shouldn't be) if you have an eating disorder.
Life Can Wait
Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It takes hard work and focus. Prioritize recovery now; life can wait.
The SCOFF Questionnaire for Anorexia and Bulimia
The simple five-question SCOFF Questionnaire can identify people who may have anorexia or bulimia, priming them to reach out for professional help.
The Case Against School-Based BMI Testing
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.
Understanding the Binge-Purge Cycle in Bulimia
Many people who have bulimia suffer through multiple cycles of binging-and-purging. Understanding these cycles is the first step in stopping them.
Is Dieting Causing Intrusive Food Thoughts?
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.
Hospitalization for Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders
Hospitalization for anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders may sound frightening, but it can be life-saving in some cases. Learn what to expect.
6 Steps to Stopping the Binge-Purge Cycle
Use these six tactics to stop the binge-purge cycle. Disrupt the pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviors most frequently associated with bulimia.
Starting College Without ED: Avoid Relapse & Maintain Your Recovery
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.
What Is Rumination Disorder?
Rumination disorder, which affects mainly disabled children and adults, involves regurgitating swallowed food. Learn what help is available.
Review: The Exercise Balance
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.
Body checking behaviors in eating disorders can be overcome
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.
Perfectionism Common in Those With Anorexia Nervosa
Many people with anorexia nervosa are perfectionists. Learn how this personality trait can impact eating disorders, both before and after recovery.
Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders
Fortunately, most eating disorders are able to be treated on an outpatient basis. Learn what to expect from outpatient therapy and who qualifies.
Orthorexia Nervosa: Symptoms and When to Seek Treatment
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.
5 Ways to Improve Body Image
An Eating Disorder Specialist Shares Five Strategies for Improving Body Image
Living in the Grey: Challenging All-or-nothing Thinking
All-or-nothing thinking is common in patients who binge eat. Recovery from an eating disorder involves learning to think and live in shades of grey.
Children Pediatric Growth Charts and Eating Disorders
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.
Apps and Eating Disorders: The Good and The Bad
New technology in the form of applications (AKA “apps”) offers potential risks and benefits for patients with eating disorders. What to look for.
Anorexia Nervosa in Individuals of Higher Weights
Restrictive eating disorders, those characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss, can manifest in individuals at higher weights
- By Category
An index of categories in the
Five Strategies for Managing Eating Disorder Thoughts
Dysfunctional thoughts have been implicated in the maintenance of problematic eating behaviors. Learn strategies to manage them and support recovery.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa
Physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms and warning signs for bulimia nervosa.
Landmark Research Studies
Although the studies summarized here may be somewhat older, they are considered 'landmark' studies and continue to be referenced.