Eating Disorders Essential Reads

Eating Disorders: 4 Reasons to Choose Recovery

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

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.

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.

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

Body confidence, the most attractive aphrodisiac there is.

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?

"Pro-Ana" Websites Encourage Anorexia

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

Eating Disorders Online: Support or Triggers?

Much of the public learned about pro-ana and pro-mia websites from an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show back in 2001. When people go online for information and support about eating disorders, does what they find help or make them worse?

5 Ways to Measure the Fitness of Your Exercise Mindset

Moderate exercise is associated with benefits on mood, anxiety, cognition, and sleep. But how much exercise is too much exercise? Here are 5 ways to evaluate your exercise pattern and mindset to ensure that you are working towards true physical and psychological health.

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Here is the reality: It can be damaging to our daughters if we are critical of our own appearance. I know this is a sobering thought for all moms. One of the best predictors of whether a girl will have negative body image is if her mother has negative body image...

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

We often want the answers to life's biggest dilemmas to be complicated, enabling or even pricey. But sometimes the best advice we can receive comes without any fancy packaging, outrageous promises or gratuitous politeness.

Is Evidence-Based Treatment All It's Cracked Up To Be?

Evidence-based treatment sounds great. There's just one problem: if the evidence is faulty or irrelevant, so is the claim based on it.

Who Can Motivate You to Go to the Gym?

If viewing extremely toned bodies slapped with sentences making us feel guilty for stomaching anything other than a steamed vegetable does galvanize us to go for a jog, is that really so bad?

Mindful Eating, ADHD and Nutrition

Even if someone with ADHD is not overweight, executive function may impact healthy eating. And poor eating habits do not only affect nutrition. Difficulty with planning, distractibility, and time management frequently have a domino effect.

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.

The Joy of Distraction

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

Teenagers Are From Earth

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

Rumination and Your Health

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

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.

You Can’t Save Your Child From Their Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 18, 2015 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 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

I Want Chocolate!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 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 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.

Addiction as a Disease of Isolation

The anxiously attached person chooses the chemical shortcut to avoid pain and frustration, and becomes trapped there.

Mindful Eating Helps Prevent Overeating

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

Are Emotions (and Their Regulation) Contagious?

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

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 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.

How the Asian Pop Culture Boom Is Feeding Eating Disorders

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

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.”