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Eating Disorders: 4 Reasons to Choose Recovery

No one chooses to have an eating disorder, but they can choose recovery.

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

Cultural pressures and gender norms may give rise to different symptoms

Hormones Play Leading Role in Eating Disorder Risk

Ovarian hormones drive increases in binge eating and emotional eating.

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

Treat your body well and it will reward you throughout your life

Recent Posts on Eating Disorders

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.

What if You Were Perfect As You Are?

Where have you felt broken? Are you ready to change?

Evolution Tells Us to "Eat Up"

It seems cruel to think about, but are our bodies aiding us in developing an eating disorder? Unfortunately, the answer for some women, is yes.

Eating Disorders: 4 Reasons to Choose Recovery

Are you struggling with an eating disorder? Choosing recovery will enable you to reclaim your life.

Dreadful Companions Called Fear, Guilt and Shame

Along with anger comes companion emotions that need to be examined as you heal from your eating disorder or disordered eating. Anger can be an immediate response to pain in your life. Fear, guilt and shame, however, follow close behind.

The Science of Happiness, Well-Being and Twinkies

By Garth Sundem on September 29, 2015 Brain Trust
As you’re reading this, ask yourself one question: Are you happy? Okay, maybe just one more: Wouldn’t a Twinkie make you happier? The answer depends on how you define happiness.

Why Control Won’t Bring You Happiness

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 28, 2015 A Hunger Artist
The process of successful recovery can be split into three phases: deciding and beginning to eat more and get better; continuing to eat more and get better physically and psychologically; and allowing recovery to flow into the life beyond it. Each bears a distinct relationship to the idea of control.

The M Word

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Obesely Speaking
If society consistently and frequently lies about women, eventually we will believe the lie even after we are confronted with the truth.

Manipulation in Families with Eating Disorders

It is extraordinarily difficult and wearing for family members to deal with a child with an eating disorder. When manipulation enters, it is easy to lose recovery ground. Understanding and responding to manipulation with compassion and authentic expression can be achieved.

The Obese and the Impulsive

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 21, 2015 Overcoming Pain
It is important to identify early risk factors for adolescent weight gain that could potentially be targeted in future weight gain prevention programs, as pediatric obesity and weight gain are risk factors for adult obesity and associated complications.

One Of The Best Foods to Manage Hunger Throughout the Day

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on September 21, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Do you get to work in the morning and feel hungry before you even start your day—even though you just ate breakfast before you left? Many clients ask me what are some of the best foods to help manage their hunger and make you feel more satisfied. Here is one food that can help...

Is Weight Loss Surgery the Magic Cure for Obesity?

Weight Loss Surgery will radically change your life but not necessarily in the positive way you expect. Those promoting the surgery make it seem like a miracle cure,. It is true that Weight Loss Surgery will radically change your life bu not necessarily in the positive way you expect. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.There are no quick fixes.

Beyond the Picky Eater

New research suggests that young children with more severe levels of selective eating may struggle with broader hypersensitivities and may be at risk for certain psychiatric diagnoses.

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

Dieters have been discouraged from frequent weighing because lack of progress can decrease motivation and weighing oneself may be linked to eating disorders. It's been suggested that dieters limit their weighing to once per week but new research suggests that this advice may be misguided.

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

The behaviors that males who have eating disorders engage in may not always resemble the typical pattern of efforts to slim down observed in women’s disordered eating behavior.

Fat Is an Emotional Issue

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 11, 2015 Handy Hints for Humans
Discovering the emotional issues that make maintaining a healthy weight so difficult.

A New Approach for Chronic Anorexia Nervosa

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on September 10, 2015 Post Clinical
Can a focus on quality of life, rather than a cure, offer new hope for those suffering from severe and enduring anorexia nervosa?

Are Healthy Living Blogs Really Healthy?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 10, 2015 Eating Mindfully
Healthy living blogs abound online. But these healthy living blogs may not really be so healthy.

Hormones Play Leading Role in Eating Disorder Risk

Every month, women face a recurring cycle that can throw our bodies out of whack and make some of us suffer in many ways. Not only can the ovarian hormones that drive the menstrual cycle makes us emotional, but they may be flipping switches on the genes that make some women more vulnerable to eating disorder symptoms.

”It Was About a 12-Pound Turkey”

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Naked Truth
“It was about a 12-pound Turkey.” I will never forget my first conversation with a person struggling with Binge Eating Disorder. The pain, anxiety, and shame in this woman’s voice as she described her eating behavior was palpable. Like most people with eating disorders, I was one of the only people she had ever told about her eating behavior and body image.

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

Body confidence, the most attractive aphrodisiac there is.

Sex: The Pursuit of Immortality at the Cost of Immorality?

Our minds are wired for survival, but what happens when the technology and abundance of contemporary life lead some of us to "eat beyond fullness" in terms of sex, diet, and information?

How the "Bonding Potion” Oxytocin May Cure Anorexia Nervosa

Oxytocin is widely known as the bonding hormone for its effects on love and lust between two people in a relationship. Many studies have been performed to determine whether this love potion can aid in psychological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and depression.Oxytocin is making a big impact in science and is currently being researched to treat eating disorders.

So I’m Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

By Anna David on August 18, 2015 After Party Chat
I'm a sober addict who exercises. Regularly. More specifically, obsessively. If this is a problem, I'm holding onto it.

Taking, Losing, and Letting Go of Control in Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 18, 2015 A Hunger Artist
Control is central to many experiences of anorexia. How might exploring unpredictability help us uncover its dark sides and weak spots?

It's Easier Than You Think To Misread Body Language

It never fails to surprise and disappoint me when therapists make dumb comments.

What the 9 Top Food Cravings Say About Your Emotions

By Deanna Minich on August 13, 2015 Food and Spirit
Ice cream, crunchy/crispy foods, caffeine, starches, salty, spicy, pastries and chocolate; some or all can be the focus of emotional overeating.

How I Turned BodyShame Into BodyLove

4 steps I used to heal my relationship with food, my body, and myself

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Breakfast

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Take a moment to ask yourself these THREE important questions about what you eat to start your day.

"Pro-Ana" Websites Encourage Anorexia

Websites advance the idea of anorexia nervosa as a lifestyle rather than a mental illness.