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.

Recent posts on Eating Disorders

Promising to Stop Addictive Behavior Is a Very Bad Idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on October 18, 2016 in Bottom's Up
When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.

Do Shame & "Rock Bottom" Decrease Dysregulated Behavior? No!

Do shaming and "rock bottom" help decrease dysregulated behavior? No! In fact, they can actually do the opposite.

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?

How Lisa Lampanelli Found Her ‘Choir’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Of all of Lisa Lampanelli’s accomplishments, being on her own side has not been something that she’s been able to do.

It Only Works If You Work It

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in One More Bite
What to do when treatment seems to "stop working"

Biscuits Before Breakfast: Recovery in Microcosm

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Eating a plain biscuit reminds me of how different healthy eating needs to be during recovery.

Why Donald Trump Needs to Stop Fat-Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 29, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Over 80 million people watched as Trump used the presidential debate as platform for fat-shaming. Could his messages be increasing the rates of eating disorders in our children?
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What Is DBT?

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on September 28, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.
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5 Reasons Why We Crave Comfort Foods

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
Comfort foods give distinctive pleasure or make us temporarily feel better.

Questioning Medical Authority by Accident

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
While I was giving a recovery talk at an eating disorders clinic, one of the patients asked whether I disagreed with her medical treatment plan. I said yes. Should I not have?

Parents as Agents of Change

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in One More Bite
Do you feel empowered to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If not, here are some tips to help.
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One More Bite of One More Bite

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in One More Bite
Where we have been and where we are going!

Cornerstone of Eating Disorder Recovery

Emotions are inescapable. Negative emotions are powerful. Attempts to rid them are what eating disorders thrive on. It is often easier to have an eating disorder than to feel bad

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight
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Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on September 12, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Your eating disorder does not define you. Cultivating self-compassion will help you to understand your experience and find peace within yourself.
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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Why can’t I lose weight? Optimism is key to taking off the pounds. By Julie Jarrett Marcuse, Ph.D.

No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.

When Suicide Hits Home

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 06, 2016 in Cravings
A child's suicide leaves his family with a jumble of emotions mixed with grief. Here's how one mother is trying to cope.

Has Obesity Prevention Led to a New Epidemic?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are eating disorders the collateral damage in our war against obesity?

Weight Loss Pills And Products Don't Work And Aren't Safe

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 04, 2016 in Saving Normal
Diet pills and products aren't safe and don't work. Exercise, healthy diet and policy changes are the only solutions.

Counting Joy Points Not Calories? A New Angle on Weight Loss

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Rewired
Why not stop counting calories and start counting "joy points'?

Food Addiction Is Not About Willpower

Food addiction is an obsessiveness with food and with your body.

Dissecting the Clean-Eating Meme

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 29, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
At the heart of 'clean eating' is a potent metaphor. It's worth taking a long hard look at its threats and promises and the rest of its dangerous box of cognitive tricks.
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10 Ways Your Brain Keeps You From Maintaining Healthy Weight

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Our cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating, and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Farm Animal Suffering Leaves a Bad Taste In Your Mouth

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animals and Us
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.

Smoking in the Shower

What we do in private drives who we are in public.

What's the 4-Letter Word Your Diet Might Be Missing?

By Gregg McBride on August 20, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Wanting a quick fix (which can include fads, pills or even surgery), some dieters often ignore the actual "work" it takes to successfully lose excess weight once and for all.

The Danger of Talking to Children About Weight

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 16, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
How our misguided quest for health and wellness in our children may be causing harm, and what to do about it.