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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.

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Can Mindfulness Reduce Your Belly Fat?

If you have an apple shape, mindfulness might help.

Most People Don’t Gain Much Over the Holidays

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 30, 2016 in Open Gently
Only 10 percent of Americans gain 5 lbs or more during the holiday season. Most gain a pound they lose later.

Are Kids Born, or Made Into, Emotional Overeaters?

Are the roots of emotional overeating in childhood?

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

Winter Holiday Weight Gain and Related Biological Causes

There are seasonal biological changes that facilitate an increase in our caloric intake.

The 3 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Children

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 23, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
The smart move is to say to your children what you want them to learn to say to themselves.

What Is CBT?

How cognitive behavioral therapy can be used in eating disorder recovery.

The Mental Health Struggles of Weight Loss Surgery

People who consider and undergo weight loss surgery cope with issues that impact their mental health and relationships, not only their bodies and wallets.

What Should You Do if You Think Your Child Is Too Fat?

You can use the CDC calculator to see if your child is too heavy.

Consumption and Disposability

Are hook-up dating apps similar to eating disorders in their attempts to fix psychological ailments?

You've Stopped Using, So Why is Your Brain Still Craving?

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on October 28, 2016 in Real Healing
Recovery from addiction is not just about no longer using your "drug of choice." Your brain needs special care during recovery.
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Which Treatments Might Help Reduce Bulimia Symptoms?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
The amazing results for bulimia with neurofeedback.
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Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo

Promising to Stop Addictive Behavior Is a Very Bad Idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Do Shame & "Rock Bottom" Decrease Dysregulated Behavior? No!

Do shaming and "rock bottom" help decrease dysregulated behavior? No! In fact, they can actually do the opposite.

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?

How Lisa Lampanelli Found Her ‘Choir’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Of all of Lisa Lampanelli’s accomplishments, being on her own side has not been something that she’s been able to do.

It Only Works If You Work It

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in One More Bite
What to do when treatment seems to "stop working"

Biscuits Before Breakfast: Recovery in Microcosm

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Eating a plain biscuit reminds me of how different healthy eating needs to be during recovery.

Why Donald Trump Needs to Stop Fat-Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 29, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Over 80 million people watched as Trump used the presidential debate as platform for fat-shaming. Could his messages be increasing the rates of eating disorders in our children?
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What Is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.
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5 Reasons Why We Crave Comfort Foods

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
Comfort foods give distinctive pleasure or make us temporarily feel better.

Questioning Medical Authority by Accident

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
While I was giving a recovery talk at an eating disorders clinic, one of the patients asked whether I disagreed with her medical treatment plan. I said yes. Should I not have?

Parents as Agents of Change

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in One More Bite
Do you feel empowered to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If not, here are some tips to help.
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One More Bite of One More Bite

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in One More Bite
Where we have been and where we are going!

Cornerstone of Eating Disorder Recovery

Emotions are inescapable. Negative emotions are powerful. Attempts to rid them are what eating disorders thrive on. It is often easier to have an eating disorder than to feel bad

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight
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Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

Your eating disorder does not define you. Cultivating self-compassion will help you to understand your experience and find peace within yourself.

No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.