Eating Disorders Essential Reads

Instagram Takes on Suicide Prevention

A few years ago, it was acceptable to assert that social media wasn’t real life. Now, with social media dictating real life, the lines are completely blurred.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.
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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Why can’t I lose weight? Optimism is key to taking off the pounds. By Julie Jarrett Marcuse, Ph.D.
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10 Ways Your Brain Keeps You From Maintaining Healthy Weight

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Our cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating, and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

The "Electrochemical Persuasion" of Neuromodulation

Deliberate stimulation of the brain to manipulate behavior reads like something out of George Orwell’s "1984," but treatment of eating disorders & obesity is no longer "brainless"

Feel Good About Your Eating and Your Weight

You can lose excess weight and keep it off by changing your relationship with your body. You can do it by becoming more compassionately self-aware.

Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You

Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.

The Forking Paths of Children and No Children

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 13, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Can an eating disorder, even years after recovery, carry on affecting how we think about the possibility of having children? If so, how? Can we ever really tell?

Should You Try to Lose Weight?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're carrying extra weight, it's up to you to decide what to do about it. No one else is in charge of your body.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 03, 2016 in Cravings
Is exercise becoming an obsession? Too much of this good thing can hurt you.

Beyond Bikini Madness: Parents, Daughters, and Swimsuits

By Laura Choate Ed.D., LPC on May 23, 2016 in Girls, Women, and Wellness
Its swimsuit season and sexy bikinis are all the rage for young girls. Not sure about saying "no"? Here's help for deciding what choices are right for your family.

How to Love Your Body

Are images of perfect bodies weighing you down? Some thoughts on embracing your body the way it is.

When Healthy Eating Takes You Down an Unhealthy Road

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on April 26, 2016 in Cravings
Extreme healthy eating habits may signal an unhealthy lifestyle.

How to Eat Slower: 6 Strategies

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on April 26, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
We've all heard that it is important to eat slower. Here are 5 compelling reasons slow down your pace today and 6 strategies that can help make it happen.

When Tradition Trumps Science

Saturated fat that naturally occurred in the diet was never bad for us. How did we fall off the edge of the map?

How to Choose a Therapist

By Jonathan Shedler PhD on April 16, 2016 in Psychologically Minded
Beware of therapists who are too identified with a therapy “brand.” They have already decided how to treat you before they have met you, let alone understand you.

Fat Is More Than Just Flab

White fat is more that a layer of greasy energy stores. It has a surprising amount of other actions, including the production of several very powerful hormones.

Why Do Certain Foods Seem to Have Power Over Us?

By Gregg McBride on March 12, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Sure, I took off 250 pounds of excess weight without pills, surgery or gimmicks. But keeping it off still requires commitment—especially when it comes to certain food groups.

Shopaholic Frolics

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in In Excess
Although shopping is a necessity in life, it is also a leisure activity that can be addictive. But how prevalent is compulsive buying according to the psychological literature?

Twelve Hours a World Champion, One More Lesson Learnt

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 01, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
A little story about powerlifting, bodies, and balance.

Can DSM-5 Correct Its Mistakes?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 01, 2016 in Saving Normal
DSM-5 includes many mistakes that create real world harmful consequences. Having lost confidence in the DSM-5 self correction process, I suggest two ways to improve it.

Eating Disorders Are Age-linked and Sex-linked

By Kelly Klump Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 in The Science Behind Eating Disorders
Why do eating disorders overwhelmingly affect young women and why do they seem to run in families?

Are Elite Athletics a Breeding Ground for Eating Disorders?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 21, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are elite athletics a paradigm of health or a breeding ground for eating disorders? A new study explores the impact of eating disorders in adolescent elite athletes.
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Eating Disorders and Romantic Relationships

How to help when your partner is struggling with an eating disorder.

What It Means to Eat 'Like a Man' (or Woman)

Foods are gendered—meat is associated with virile masculinity and “light” foods are evoke delicate femininity—and are a means gender performance and others’ gendered evaluation.

Can Exercising Drive You to Drink?

A review examining physical activity’s counterintuitive connection with alcohol consumption found that upping our exercise ante could increase how much we drink.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Unseen and Unheard
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.

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?

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.

Eating Disorders: 4 Reasons to Choose Recovery

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on October 03, 2015 in Mindful Musings
Are you struggling with an eating disorder? Choosing recovery will enable you to reclaim your life.