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

Why Sleepy Shopping May Lead to a Bigger Waistline

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in Food Junkie
Research suggests that combing the aisles of the supermarket with drooping eyelids may have unintended consequences for your pantry and possibly your diet.

Teenagers Are From Earth

Our black-and-white thinking about adolescence is getting in our way.

Proposed French Ban on Too-Skinny Models Bites the Dust

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 27, 2015 in Eating Disorders News
How many more fashion model deaths will it take before we start insisting on healthy-sized runway walkers?

The New Improved BMI

BMI categories underestimate the presumed health consequences of lower weights and overestimate the presumed health consequences of higher weights.

Anorexia and the Dangers of Blog Post Titles

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 26, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
Few topics induce stronger emotion than parenting and children’s illness, and where emotions are heightened miscommunication can easily occur. Here I try to clarify my mother’s original argument, respond to some readers’ comments which blur the crucial distinction between personal and scientific ‘findings’, and reflect on the role of choice in recovery from anorexia.

Anorexia Affects More Men Than Previously Thought

Anorexia and bulimia are traditionally seen as “female problems” but recent studies show that approximately one third of people with anorexia and about one half of those with bulimia are men.

4 Steps to End Emotional Eating

Is food your best friend and your worst enemy? It doesn't have to be this way.

How Clinical Psychology Programs Get Wussified

Aren’t therapists supposed to be able to stomach strong emotion, confront conflict, keep calm, and carry on?

Yes, You Can Get Addicted to Exercise

For approximately 3 percent of the population, striving to stay fit does them more harm than good.

The 5 Secret Reasons We Don't Lose Weight

We all hear so many contradictory messages about the most effective route to weight loss that it is easy to feel confused. Although fads will come and go, there is concrete science to guide our weight loss efforts. One of the most important things is to avoid common pitfalls.

The End of Stigma

Brazil's campaign to tackle mental health discrimination.

Bored, Blue or Blah? 4 Ways to Cope (Without Eating!)

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on March 20, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Do you munch when you are bored? Most of us do! Here are some easy, scientifically researched ways to beat boredom eating.

Rumination and Your Health

By Dr. Amelia Aldao Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Sweet Emotion
Getting suck in ruminative cycles is associated with poor physiological outcomes, such as increased cortisol reactivity and prolonged cardiovascular reactivity

Spirituality and Addiction

For years, people have accepted the notion that addiction is a spiritual disorder. Let's take a look at that idea.

Misdiagnosis of Men With Borderline Personality Disorder

By Randi Kreger on March 17, 2015 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Like women with BPD, men may come from troubled pasts and unstable relationships. At age 3, borderline football star Brandon Marshall witnessed his father nearly beat his mother to death—for the first time. He also lived with his father's drug use and vicious assaults toward women.

6 Reasons Smart People Don't Diet

Most men and women have been on a diet—at least one, if not many. We have because we’re tempted by the promises that inundate us. Lose a pound a day. Get a flat belly. Increase your metabolism. Be “thinspirational.” What’s not to like about this? The problem? These diets don’t work!

How to Completely Change Your Sex Life and Relationship

It's normal for a couple who has been together for a few years to fall into a stale and boring pattern. Our brains crave novelty. Stability and security is nice and comforting, but it’s not exciting. Instead of taking each other for granted and then going on Facebook looking up someone you dated high school, try being open and honest with each other. Hit the reset button.

What is a Psychological Disorder?

Psychologists define a psychological disorder broadly as psychological dysfunction in an individual that is associated with distress or impairment and a reaction that is not culturally expected.

Buying And Selling Binge Eating Disorder

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 12, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
In Greek myth, Cassandra was cursed with the gift of seeing the future without having any power to change it. I now know the feeling. What a mess.

Eating Disorders, Body Image and the Women’s Rights Movement

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 12, 2015 in Eating Disorders News
Twenty years after the Beijing conference on women's rights and gender equality, we still have work to do.

Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 12, 2015 in A Sideways View
In their wonderful book Lilienfeld and colleagues list 250 myths and misconceptions from the world of psychology. In a study we tested to what extent ordinary people thought them to be true. The results are surprising.

Genes and Eating Disorders

The "idea" that eating disorders are genetic has yet to be proved. Despite all that we know, some continue to assert that causation is not multidimensional, but rather genetically determined. Some thoughts on the matter....once again.

You Are What You Eat

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 07, 2015 in Open Gently
You brain gets a constant flow of information from your digestive track.

Fifty Shades: Glamorizing Abuse or Harmless Escapism?

The Fifty Shades Trilogy has provoked controversy because the story revolves around an abusive relationship. A group of researchers has argued that the books may harm women by glamorizing abuse. However, the authors' findings are inconsistent with their claims. Whether the books have a harmful influence or are simply titillating fantasy remains to be demonstrated.

The Meaning of Size

With the average American model meeting the criteria for anorexia nervosa and the average American female being classified as overweight, no wonder we are seeing a rise in body dissatisfaction and eating disorders as women hit middle age (40s to 60s).

Feeling Paranoid?

Paranoid fears are common and have a variety of causes but new research shows specific issue cognitive behaviour therapy can bring significant benefits

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

By The Book Brigade on March 03, 2015 in The Author Speaks
The millions of teens and adults who engage in self-destructive behavior do so because they never learned more constructive ways of soothing themselves in moments of distress. Many have engaged in such behaviors for so long that they can't envision a way out. But it's possible to replace self-destructive acts with kinder means of coping.

How to Find Proof That Hope is Not Lost

By Gregg McBride on February 28, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
The little, seemingly innocuous ways you take care of yourself are your proof that you care about yourself. And this "proof of caring" can be the first step toward committing yourself to lasting and permanent change when it comes to other matters like losing weight, embracing wellness, and/or getting healthier.

Why the "Eat Less, Move More" Approach Often Fails

Why the "Eat Less, Move More" Approach Often Fails. Not all calories are the same, By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

Eating Disorders in the Orthodox Jewish Community

Eating Disorders: What Does Being an Orthodox Jew Have to do With It? Contradictory demands on women may result in disordered eating. By Caryn Gordon, Psy. D.