Essential Reads

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

Do you want your daughter to feel better about her body than you do? Read on.

The Self "Loathsome Gluttony" of Binge-eating Disorder

When eating to live turns to out of control living to eat

The Joy of Distraction

Why do people fail at self-control?

The Emotional "Trials" of Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23)

Although parents wish otherwise, the hardest stage of adolescence comes last

Recent Posts on Eating Disorders

Learning to Decline the Call to Sugar

If stress relief is a reason you are craving sugar, look for alternative means of stress relief such as exercise, meditation, yoga, and even venting to friends.

Is It Time to Ban Food Ads?

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is linked to 18 percent of all deaths for those ages 40-85. It has boosted medical costs by an estimated $150 billion annually and has sent the incidents of related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease soaring. Obesity is also related to depression and diminished quality of life. It’s never been more apparent

Peanut Butter is My Gateway Drug

By Gregg McBride on April 25, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
Taking the taboo and shame out of a binge can help shed light—and perhaps even some laughter—onto the addictive habits that might be holding us back from finding forgiveness, compassion and (ultimately) success.

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

How do we keep our girls from being weight obsessed in a culture that values thinness?

The Self "Loathsome Gluttony" of Binge-eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a new diagnostic category in psychiatry's DSM-5 although it was first described in 1959. Already pharmaceutical companies are heavily marketing their medications to this new population.

Perfectionism: Inherited or A Psychological Solution?

There are many articles and research that reference Perfectionism. The term can be loosely thrown around to assume that all perfectionism is an inherited trait. This may be true for some, but not others. Perhaps psychological experiences influence a person's perfectionism. In either case, not enough is known or understood to assert causation.

Does Thinking You Are Fatter Make You Fatter?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 16, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
Many adolescents misperceive their body size; it is not uncommon for normal weight adolescents to categorize themselves as overweight. What is the effect of this misperception of body size?

The Joy of Distraction

Negative affect is among the most important triggers of self-control failures.

The Emotional "Trials" of Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23)

For many last stage adolescents (18 - 23) independence can prove too much of a good thing when they flounder in so much freedom, become stressed out, and experience emotional crisis as a result. At this juncture, parents can be of help.

Can We Exercise Too Much?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in Fit Femininity
Physical activity has been proven to improve physical and psychological health. However, is any amount of exercise good? Too much exercise can prevent psychological well-being. When excessive exercise develops into exercise dependence, it becomes compulsive behaviour that controls the exerciser's life.

10 Things To Do Instead of Cheating On Your Diet

By Gregg McBride on April 11, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
We all do it: Eat something we really didn’t want to avoid boredom, avoid stress or to get through a difficult moment. Next time you hit a food mood that really isn’t about hunger, try one of these 10 food substitutes to get through the angst, calorie-free.

Is Competition Between Men Healthy?

In moderation, competition is a normal, healthy human expression and way to strengthen ourselves. But it is not uncommon for competition to be taken to extremes, and manipulated to feed a man’s ego. If left unaddressed, unhealthy competitiveness can lead towards detrimental relationships and other long-term problems for men.

We Break Our Own Hearts

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 07, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
Our perception is our worst enemy in love and addictive behaviors.

Skinny Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 07, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
Sometimes I feel like I'm living in the Goldilocks fable. This one is too fat…that one is too thin…is anyone just right? While the media has continued to bombard us with the usual fat shaming messages, I’ve also been noticing a lot of skinny shaming recently.

Do We Overeat Because of Poor Self-Control?

We know how to stop eating in a literal sense. We just don’t know how to think about overeating in a way that motivates us to stop.

All People With Eating Disorders Are Underweight, Right?

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in Naked Truth
In today’s society, most people have been personally affected by someone who has struggled with an eating disorder. Yet, our image of the typical person struggling with an eating disorder is often incredibly narrow and often inaccurate. We must broaden our view of what a person with an eating disorder “looks like” to honestly understand their experiences.

Why You Shouldn't Shop When Sleepy

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.

French Ban on Too-Skinny Models Passes

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 27, 2015 in Eating Disorders News
How many more fashion model deaths will it take before America passes legislation to ensure 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 Amelia Aldao Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Sweet Emotion
Getting stuck in ruminative cycles is associated with poor physiological outcomes, such as increased cortisol reactivity and prolonged cardiovascular reactivity