More on Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is prevalent especially among young women and, increasingly, among young men.

Marked by a distorted sense of body image and extreme voluntary starvation, and closely associated with perfectionism and depression, it is the most deadly psychiatric disorder.

Anorexia is highly resistant to treatment, and when the starvation becomes life-threatening, the usual recourse is hospitalization with forced feeding.

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Caution, Moms: Your Daughters Are Listening

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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.

Dove’s Latest Body Positivity Failure

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Beauty Sick
If Dove’s bottles could speak, they’d blend right into the chorus of voices encouraging women to take an objectified perspective on their own bodies.

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By Emily T. Troscianko on June 15, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Reliving a small insight.

Eating Disorders Spread Among Asians

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 13, 2017 in Minority Report
In the past three decades, Asian countries have seen a surge in eating disorders coinciding with exposure to western standards of beauty. Asian culture also plays a role.

Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Why does the LGBT population have a higher prevalence of eating disorders?
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Is Your Relationship to Exercise Unhealthy?

A therapist's tips for breaking free from compulsive exercise

Drunkorexia and the Rise of “Rexias” in Disordered Eating

Excessive drinking, clean eating and food restriction are all known to contribute to poor body image, low self-esteem and worst of all; eating disorders.
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

8 Probiotic Strains Proven to Help Improve Your Health

Learn to take care of your body no matter what your size. Gut health is key to overall health and well-being.

The 3 Best Tips for Eating Ice Cream

Do you love to eat ice cream? Here are some tips to help you eat it mindfully!

Is Body Positivity Leading Us Astray?

In the body positivity movement, self-acceptance has been bypassed in our quest for self-love. But when you feel anything but love for your body, might acceptance be a better goal?
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A Gift From Mothers to Daughters

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Beauty Sick
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.

Anxious? There Are Two Ways To Go

Some believe the way to deal with anxiety is to replace uncertainty with certainty that what is feared can't happen. That is not the way the brain is supposed to work.

Trading in Celiac Disease for an Eating Disorder

The billion dollar "gluten-free" diet fad may be causing more harm to your mental health than you realize as we trade in gluten in exchange for disordered eating.
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Body Shame Is Not a Diet Plan

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa

Should Therapists Self-Disclose?

To self-disclose or not to self-disclose: that is the controversial question.

How Much Does a Blog Title Matter?

By Emily T. Troscianko on April 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Lately I’ve begun to wonder whether A Hunger Artist is an awful name for this blog. How do you interpret it? How do I worry you do? How would I like you to?

Is Anorexia the Latest Treatment for Obesity?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 27, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Is it possible that a mental illness holds the secret to treating obesity? That’s what some leading eating disorder experts propose.

Furthering the Discussion on FAT: Fear Not

Ingesting fat is feared because of links to weight gain by people with eating disorders and those who don’t have an eating disorder. Addressing confusion and misrepresentation.

A Semi-Parody One Item Personality Test

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Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
This is why psychologists deny certain people for weight loss surgery.
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The same endorphins that make you feel better when moving also help you concentrate, sleep better, have more energy, and deal with mental and emotional challenges in life.

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By Anneli Rufus on April 04, 2017 in Stuck
Eating disorders, unlike most other disorders, have an endgame, a vision of victory. Will traces of that yearning haunt us every time we butter toast or watch you slicing pie?

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By Emily T. Troscianko on March 31, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
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Why Your Mistakes Matter Less Than You Think

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
You lose something valuable. You kick yourself for it. Why do you never congratulate yourself when you don’t lose things? Just how confused are we about the mistakes we make?

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

By Edward Abramson Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in It's Not Just Baby Fat!
Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.
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Eating Disorders: It’s Not All About Food

We often think if we lose those ten pounds, gain muscle or adopt that healthy skin glow then we will feel better to only soon realize our self-esteem is still in the gutter.

Recovery and Fulfillment in Loss and Longing:

Understanding unconscious motivation, strengthening ego defenses, experiencing loss & longing facilitate eating disorder recovery and enable responsible & honorable decision making

Whole Paycheck Pauper? You’re Paying 47% More For Psychology

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