Eating Disorders Essential Reads

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

You Can’t Save Your Child From Their Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 18, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
This guest post by my mother Sue Blackmore reflects on the difficulty, for parents with an anorexic child, of striking the right balance between caring for their child and ruining their own lives trying and failing to help.

Thirst Responders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in In Excess
Most people have probably heard of ‘binge drinking’ and ‘binge eating’. But what about binge gambling? Binge gambling shares many similarities with other binge behaviours including loss of control, salience, mood modification, conflict, withdrawal symptoms, denial, etc. This blog looks at an interesting case study of binge gambling

Is Your Self Worth Up for Sale?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on January 12, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
You could say that owning both diet food and junk food companies sounds like a conflict of interest. The success of one business may mean losses for another. But on the contrary, this is a successful and profitable business practice, with damaging effects for our self-esteem. The worse we feel, the more money they make.

The Most Important Keys to a Healthy Diet

Incorporating these 8 simple steps into your daily eating regimen can help you achieve the health you are working towards.

I Want Chocolate!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Naked Truth
Although the holidays can be a wonderful time of year full of light-hearted cheer, it is challenging time for many of us to manage our eating—particularly for those of us who crave chocolate. Here are three tips to help you manage your holiday chocolate cravings.

How To Do Christmas Better

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 12, 2014 in A Hunger Artist
This post is for anyone who finds themselves somewhere between a restrictive eating disorder and full recovery – or who just generally struggles a bit with Christmas. It’s about finding ways of making Christmas happier, healthier, and more connected, and it invites you to share your own concrete plans for doing better this Christmas.

Slow Down!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 05, 2014 in Cravings
S-L-O-W D-O-W-N! Stop rushing through your meals and develop a calmer, healthier relationship with food.

Addiction as a Disease of Isolation

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 18, 2014 in Science of Choice
The anxiously attached person chooses the chemical shortcut to avoid pain and frustration, and becomes trapped there.

Size Acceptance, Intuitive Eating, and Weight Control

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 27, 2014 in Cravings
Weight loss diets, exercising to burn calories, and other fat-fighting approaches help some people maintain a healthy weight, but not others. They’ve certainly done little to help health experts fight a national battle against obesity. As it turns out, the most important, and perhaps most successful, tool for controlling weight may very well be accepting your weight.

Mindful Eating Helps Prevent Overeating

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 21, 2014 in Cravings
Mindfulness is a centuries-old concept that has at least some scientific backing as an effective tool for disordered eating.

Bullied at the Gap

By Ann Goebel-Fabbri PhD on October 21, 2014 in Weighty Matters
What are women's widespread experiences of the fashion industry, and how does it make them feel about their bodies?

Are Emotions (and Their Regulation) Contagious?

By Amelia Aldao Ph.D. on October 20, 2014 in Sweet Emotion
How others can play a central role in our emotions and mental health.

Why You Eat What You Eat Part 1

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 01, 2014 in Cravings
If you buy a lot of fast foods and convenience food products, there are reasons that go beyond time and money. Promotions, advertising, packaging and marketing of these products are all designed to entice you to buy more. And so you do. Maybe it's time to look at the balance between whole foods and processed foods in your diet and weigh the long-term benefits of each.

7 Ways Exercise Can Go Wrong for Your Mind and Body

Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each one.

Forever Young - Through Humor and Surgery

By Joan Ullman M.A. on September 26, 2014 in Uncharted Customs
The late comic icon, Joan Rivers, like writer Daphne Merkin, and psychologist/blogger, Joan Ullman, have all voiced at times extreme unhappiness with their physical appearance - what in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is termed Bodily Dysmorphic Disorder. But far from having been undone, each woman triumphed over her affliction.

No Body Is Perfect

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 24, 2014 in Cravings
Perfectionists can be very hard on themselves because they simply don’t accept any imperfections or mistakes. If you’re a perfectionist, you may be trying to live up to impossible standards of physical beauty.

Conquering Cravings

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 21, 2014 in Cravings
Food cravings can quickly turn into food binges when they're out of control. But for many people, the best way to deal with a food craving is to give in to it.

How the Asian Pop Culture Boom Is Feeding Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on September 16, 2014 in Eating Disorders News
In our globalized world, the idea of the "western toxin effect" now seems quaint.

How to Avoid Bad Rehab Treatment

By Lance Dodes M.D. on September 09, 2014 in The Heart of Addiction
The rehabilitation industry in our country is, unfortunately, filled with false claims and bogus treatments. Virtually none of the major rehab centers even study their patients' outcomes, despite claiming fabulous results. And, sadly, rehab treatment usually fails.

Don't Click! A Simple Solution to Save our American Girls

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on August 25, 2014 in The Modern Teen
What if we banded together to stop the assault on our daughter's mental health? Every one of us has contributed to the horrible media messages that bombard American girls. But there is is one simple solution. Don't click! If for one month, no one clicked on internet stories that distorted girls' values about their self worth, then we would be sending a message to stop!

Why We Hurt the Ones We Love, and Let Them Hurt Us

People betray loved ones because of reasons like “I felt like it,” or “I want to get my needs met.”

Scaling Back

By Gregg McBride on August 18, 2014 in The Weight-ing Game
When trying to lose excess weight, do you put too much emphasis on the feedback the bathroom scale is giving you? It might be time to weigh some other options...

Who's Lying About Not Eating Meat?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 08, 2014 in Animals and Us
A new study shows that just thinking about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses causes women—but not men—to "strategically under-report" their meat consumption. Why are women more likely to lie about eating animals?

Anorexia Nervosa and Positive Emotion

Is there more to anorexia than just a fear of gaining weight?

TV Programs That Help You Avoid Overeating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 31, 2014 in Comfort Cravings
Does your favorite TV show impact how much you eat? You may be surprised to learn that the type of TV show you watch may actually may make a big difference. A new study examines the content of TV programs and the impact on mindless eating.

What Does It Mean to Be "In Recovery"?

Many words in the addiction field have been tossed around for years without being clearly defined or even being meaningful. "Recovered," "recovery" and "being in recovery" are examples.

Review: Saving Normal

Many human behaviours, quirks, eccentricities and woes which in the past would have been seen as parts of the rich tapestry of life are now branded mental disorders.

CFT: Focusing on Compassion In Next Generation CBT

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 15, 2014 in Practice Compassion
New research, options and tips from Compassion Focused Therapy, a revolutionary, evidence based approach to the alleviation of human suffering.

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

No single factor can fully explain every case of anorexia, clinicians should understand central causes and risk factors.