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

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

From "#thinsperation" to the "Bikini Body," there is an abundance of "products" that are endorsed by celebrities and "experts" who perpetuate the "thin body ideal." The impact of this message on society is troubling, ranging from body image problems to serious eating disorders. One nutrition and health psychology expert shares an open letter about this disturbing reality.

When Eating Disorders and Drug Addiction Collide

Eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction have many characteristics in common.

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 Comfort Cravings
It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating holiday foods you love like pumpkin pie and sugar cookies.

5 Tips to Manage Your Eating Around the Holidays

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 24, 2015 Eating Mindfully
The holidays can be a time of stress and turmoil, especially when it comes to our eating. In the sea of holiday food chaos, let mindful eating be your guide to a balanced and nurturing relationship with food and your body.

Eating Disorders and Parenting at the Holidays

The holidays can be a triggering time for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. It can be difficult to maintain (or achieve) a healthy relationship to food at this time of the year. And if you're also a parent, you must manage these challenges as you support and nourish your children. It's no easy task.

Why Exercise Isn't Always a Panacea

Just because some exercise is great for us doesn’t mean these benefits extend indefinitely. It turns out that yes, you can exercise too much: Beyond a certain point of exertion, our bodies—and our minds—start to break down.

In Defense of the Bagel

Americans have an endless obsession with diets and eating or not eating foods in an effort to lose weight, bloat or fat. Often the food restrictions or diet imposed serve to induce bingeing at some point. The gluten-free environment has left the friendly bagel maligned or at least misrepresented.

Why Are Media Beauty Ideals Toxic for Our Daughters?

It is important for parents to know that there is a direct relationship between the amount of time that girls spend viewing media images and whether or not they will have negative body image. And we know that negative body image is related to many other problems like low self-esteem, depression, excessive dieting, and eating disorders. Some practical strategies to try.

Eating Disorders: 3 Tips for Getting Through the Holidays

Anxious about the holidays? Tips for maintaining your eating disorder recovery.

The Psychology of Food

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 How To Do Life
As we enter the holidays, on harvesting maximum pleasure from eating and cooking.

Illusions and "Troubled Senses" of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have a disturbing preoccupation with what they perceive as defects in their appearance—defects hardly noticeable to others. The disorder has been called the “distress of imagined ugliness.” Were Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray and Freud's Wolf-Man suffering from BDD?

Is There a Hole in Your Sidewalk?

How to get of the hole you keep falling into.

Do Parents Make Their Children Fat?

Research suggests that it’s not just unhealthy food choices that are putting the pounds on our children; parenting style also has a significant impact on childhood obesity.

A Fun Way to Beat Emotional Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 13, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Do you need a quick and easy way to calm your nerves without calories? Try this technique to help break you free from emotional eating.

How to Help Someone With an Eating Disorder

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 09, 2015 A Hunger Artist
What should you do if you think or know that someone you care about has an eating disorder? What shouldn’t you do? What can you do?

Is Holiday Stress Creeping Up on You?

Holiday stress can make the holidays seem like torture rather than pleasure. Use integrative therapies and mindful activities to reduce the stress that holidays can bring.

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Procrastination, weight problems, and over-spending all depend on feeling special.

The Importance of Accepting Painful Emotions:

Getting good with feeling bad goes a long way in the recovery from an eating disorder. Patients often have pre-existing anxiety and/or depression. But, disengagement from emotions is different from an anxious or depressed mood. Feelings matter before, during and after recovery. Emotional awareness and expression in relationships are key in recovery and in bonding.

What Causes Out-Of-Control Eating?

Food cravings affect millions of Americans but for some, these cravings may be an indication of an addictive relationship with food.

Is Anorexia a Choice?

New brain-imaging research sheds light on the question of how people struggling with eating disorders make decisions around food.

How Dieters Can Make Halloween More About Treats Than Tricks

By Gregg McBride on October 24, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
Hear that scream? That's not an extra from The Walking Dead or someone watching a scary movie marathon. That's me walking near the candy aisle while at the grocery store during this time of year. And like me, many of us with a dieter's mentality fear Halloween with the same kind of dread we do a visit to the dentist or getting on the scale after a weekend binge.

Is Addiction About Pleasure?

Pleasure has been confused with addiction for the last 5000 years. The reason for this is that common forms of addiction, like drinking alcohol, taking other drugs, gambling, and seeking sex, are often pleasurable. But the notion that addiction is about pleasure is completely wrong.

How Therapy Can Help Exercise Addicts, Part I

When you're addicted to exercise or struggling with an eating disorder, what does "opening up to what's going on inside of you" entail?

What is an Addiction?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 20, 2015 Minority Report
The clinical and therapeutic communities have come a long way in understanding addictions yet questions still persist as to the root causes of addictions. Is it a disease rooted in genetics and/or biology, is it a disorder of mental or psychological suffering, or is it one of depravity where the origin is of a spiritual issue? The answer depends.

6 Ways to Avoid Overeating Halloween Candy

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on October 19, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Halloween can be a scary time for stress eaters. Here are 6 tips to help you remain mindful this Halloween and avoid overeating candy!

Weight-Bias Within The Eating Disorder Recovery Movement

Here's how you can combat fat-phobia in the eating disorder recovery movement.

3 Signs That Your Relationship with Exercise is Unhealthy

Are you a slave to the treadmill? How to tell if your relationship to exercise is problematic.

Psychiatric Imperialism: Exporting Western Mental Disorders

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 16, 2015 Hide and Seek
Mental disorders as culturally determined and legitimized templates for distress.

The "False Creation" of Body Image Distortions

Our sense of our body—how we perceive its size and shape and how we feel about it—i.e., our body image—begins in utero but continues to evolve over our entire lifecycle. Both excessive weight and decreased weight can lead to actual perceptual distortions and/or overt dissatisfaction with it.

A Different CBT Approach To Eating Addiction

Do you believe your love for junk food, your dysfunctional childhood, or the stress in your life is at the root of your compulsive eating? Is so, you've fallen into the therapy trap. The cause is more fundamental yet simpler. Here's how to diagnose and treat the root, acting as your own therapist.