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Video: Your daughter hears you criticize your body.

Video: What your daughter hears when you criticize your body. | (Real Simple) Our bodies can start to feel like a collection of disappointments—thick ankles, flabby bellies, thinning hair—that we regularly disparage out loud. And if you think there’s no harm in making fun of your hips or jokingly chastising yourself for eating a candy…
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Deadly fallacy eating disorders are teenage illness.

It’s a deadly fallacy that eating disorders are a teenage illness (The Guardian) The majority of patients with an eating disorder are adults. Many are fearful of seeking help, and when they do decide to see their GP they are often turned away. Related Posts:Eating disorders are not a teenage phase.The deadly side of eating disorders.Binge…
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Why we must renew our vows to recovery.

Why We Must Renew Our Vows to Recovery – Jenni Schaefer | Eating Recovery Center As we begin a new year, consider how you might strengthen and revitalize your fight. Think about the things that you value. How can you spend more time and energy focused on those things? Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.Slipping…
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Slipping out of recovery? Try these 3 practices.

Slipping out of recovery? Try these 3 effective practices. (Recovery Warriors) A key to being recovered means you have to put in the work to stay recovered. These three things have helped keep me on track when my brain wants to resort back to what is comfortable. Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.Why do you…
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Do I have an eating disorder?

Do I have an eating disorder? (VeryWell) Self-starvation, purging, overeating, and over-exercising can be symptoms of an eating disorder. Learn how to recognize these in yourself and others. Related Posts:Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.What not to say to someone with anorexia or bulimia.What never to say to someone with an eating disorder.How an eating…
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3 tips to survive health and appearance cultural obsession.

3 tips on how to survive in a world where health and appearance are a cultural obsession. (Recovery Warriors) The world is not made for people in recovery from an eating disorder. It is a bold statement that I truly believe is the truth, but having the knowledge of this truth can shield a person…
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Want to know why you cannot stop thinking about food?

Want to know why you can’t stop thinking about food? The answer might surprise you. (Recovery Warriors) I tell them about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. The restriction of nutrition and weight loss leads to a heightened interest in food and eating. Related Posts:Do you have a healthy relationship with food?How to eat without shame.80% of…
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What never to say to someone with an eating disorder.

5 things you should never say to someone who has struggled with an eating disorder. (Insider) It’s not always easy to know who’s dealt with an eating disorder.   Related Posts:What I wish others understood about my eating disorder.Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.Could you have an eating disorder and not know?My daughter’s struggle taught…
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Why is it so hard to treat eating disorders?

Why is it so hard to treat eating disorders? (Cosmopolitan) Anorexia alone kills more people than any other mental illness does.   Related Posts:Treating the side effects of anorexia.After the violence, therapists treat racial trauma.Mindfulness not a waste — treats depression.21 women who expertly shut down their body shamers.The deadly side of eating disorders.The worst…
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Clean eating: Warning signs it is an eating disorder.

Clean eating: Six warning signs that your health kick is an eating disorder. (Independent) Load up Instagram, and they’re everywhere. Clean-eating obsessives who document every morsel that passes their lips, smugly signalling that they’re better than you. Their meals are green, their snacks amount to a child’s handful of almonds, and their so-called ‘cheat days’ look…
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Lies about eating disorders that almost stopped my recovery.

13 lies about eating disorders that almost stopped me from reaching recovery. (Elite Daily) It was equally sick and destructive throughout, as my eating disorder made promises to me that ultimately could have led me to my grave. Now that I am in recovery, I can painfully expose the lies, disguised as truths, that my eating…
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Being overweight and having an eating disorder.

Being overweight and having an eating disorder. (Eating Recovery Center) People often mistakenly believe that they cannot be overweight and have an eating disorder. The truth is that eating disorders affect people of all sizes.   Related Posts:When you are both overweight and anorexic.Seeing self as overweight a self-fulfilling prophecy.Binge eating disorder and recovery.Binge Eating: The…
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Chewing and spitting eating disorder facts.

Chewing and spitting eating disorder facts. (Refinery29) It’s exactly what it sounds like. “Chewing and spitting” — occasionally known as “c/s” to sufferers and “CHSP” to psychologists — is a disordered eating behavior in which individuals chew up and then spit out their food in an effort to lose weight. But it’s so much more…
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When people comment on weight or dieting.

When people make comments about your weight or dole out dieting advice. (Weightless) Make sure you work out. You don’t want to gain the freshman 15. Related Posts:The case against dieting.If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true?Want to know why you cannot stop thinking about food?People who make things happen.10 reasons to…
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Why do you give up on your recovery?

Why do you give up on your recovery? (Eating Disorders Blogs) Some of the most painful words for me to hear from clients and message board members are, “I give up. I’ll never be a ‘normal’ eater’” or “I’m not losing weight, so what’s the point in trying to eat ‘normally’?”   Related Posts:Binge eating…
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6 signs your health kick could be an eating disorder.

Six signs your health kick could be an eating disorder. (Independent) Scroll up Instagram, and they’re everywhere. Clean-eating obsessives who document every morsel that passes their lips, smugly signalling that they’re better than you. Their meals are gr   Related Posts:Clean eating: Warning signs it is an eating disorder.Signs of teen depression.Subtle signs you might…
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What not to say to someone with anorexia or bulimia.

What not to say to someone with anorexia or bulimia. (VeryWell) Most people who know and love someone who is struggling with or in recovery from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa want to say helpful and supportive things. However, sometimes even the most well-meaning person can say things that aren’t just unhelpful but can actually be triggering to the…
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Controlled by exercise: Between self-harm and self-care.

Controlled by exercise: The distance between self-harm and self-care. (Huffington Post) My life felt controlled by getting in my next workout. I adopted the belief that a day was only as good as the workout completed. Fear pressured me into working out while sane people slept.   Related Posts:Exercise addiction: When healthy becomes hazardous.Culturally incompetent therapy:…
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Bulimia diagnosis requires these 4 factors.

Bulimia diagnosis requires these 4 factors. (VeryWell) You don’t have to “binge and purge” to have bulimia. Learn exactly what clinicians look for in bulimia diagnosis and what groups are most at risk. Related Posts:What not to say to someone with anorexia or bulimia.Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.Enhanced CBT bests psychoanalysis for bulimia.Looking for…
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I had to stop exercising to lose weight.

I had to stop exercising to lose weight. (Elle) My doctor gave me an unusual prescription: to stop working out. And it totally changed my relationship with exercise and my body.   Related Posts:5 reasons your diet does not work.10 reasons to stop dieting now.Want to know why you cannot stop thinking about food?Why can…
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Signs your teen has an eating disorder.

5 signs that your teen might have an eating disorder. (Huffington Post) As a parent it can be challenging to discern whether you teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, especially because these disorders often thrive on secrecy and silence. The following are some common warning signs that may signify that your teenager is struggling…
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When you are both overweight and anorexic.

When you’re both overweight and anorexic. (Broadly) Eating disorders are commonly diagnosed after drastic weight loss. For anorexic women and men who don’t meet the weight criteria, that often means suffering in silence.   Related Posts:For anorexic men, focus is on muscle.Being overweight and having an eating disorder.Fat talk makes women less likeable.Seeing self as…
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Exercise addiction: When healthy becomes hazardous.

Exercise addiction: When healthy becomes hazardous. (REbeL) Throughout the past several decades, the American culture has grown obsessed with exercise. The widespread belief is that the only thing better than one hour of exercise, is two, perhaps three. Related Posts:Controlled by exercise: Between self-harm and self-care.‘Fitspiration’ exercise obsession.I had to stop exercising to lose weight.Extreme…
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Subtle signs you might have an eating disorder.

8 subtle signs you might have an eating disorder. (Bustle) Here are eight subtle signs that you might be suffering from an eating disorder.   Related Posts:Signs your teen has an eating disorder.Depression is not always what you think.6 signs your health kick could be an eating disorder.Clean eating: Warning signs it is an eating…
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Eating disorders are not a teenage phase.

Eating disorders are not a teenage phase. (The Emily Program) While it is true that eating disorders often begin in adolescence, it must be understood that they are real medical issues that require treatment. The perpetuation of this idea is harmful as it not only hinders early intervention, but also discounts the many adults that suffer…
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The long reach of weight loss compliments.

The long reach of weight loss compliments. (ED Bites) It seems that nearly every time after we reunite with someone after a long time, someone always throws out a compliment like this: “You look like you’ve lost so much weight! You look fantastic!” Related Posts:No more weight loss contests at work!Fighting the push for wedding weight…
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Eating disorder recovery during Ramadan.

This is what it’s like to recover from an eating disorder during Ramadan. (BuzzFeed) For those recovering from eating disorders, the Islamic holy month can be a difficult period. Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.Eating disorder recovery: Your post-treatment plan.Lies about eating disorders that almost stopped my recovery.Pregnancy, motherhood a minefield for recovering women.“Recovery bangs”…
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Trauma, social justice, and eating disorders.

Trauma, social justice, and eating disorders. (Proud2Bme) This piece connects anorexia nervosa to sexual violence (trigger warning for sexual violence, trauma, and description of disordered eating). Related Posts:After the violence, therapists treat racial trauma.Key events can trigger eating disorders.Childhood trauma: 8 misconceptions.Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.The deadly side of eating disorders.Hereditary trauma: Inheritance of traumas.
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The gift of eating disorder recovery to oneself.

The gift of eating disorder recovery to oneself. (Eating Disorder Hope) Individuals in recovery have noted an increase in emotional strength, as they find that they now have the ability to tolerate negative emotions without engaging… Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.Eating disorder recovery: Your post-treatment plan.Lies about eating disorders that almost stopped my recovery.“Recovery…
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Mythbusters: The eating disorder edition.

Mythbusters – The eating disorder edition. (Proud2Bme) No one deserves to feel alone, worthless, or hopeless. Life is too short to spend it being hateful to the beautiful, unique body you were given. Related Posts:16 damaging myths about depression.My daughter’s struggle taught me about eating disorders.17 harmful myths about anxiety.5 ways to stay body-positive in…
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If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true?

If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true? (Huffington Post) Even when I saw, very clearly, that dieting was keeping me in a never-ending cycle of restricting and binge eating, it was still very scary to give up. There’s so much safety in following a plan, and so much hope that this time…
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Insurance companies keep eating disorder patients sick.

How insurance companies are keeping eating-disorder patients sick. (Marieclaire) Why aren’t women getting the health care they so desperately need? Related Posts:Can stress make you sick? 8 scary symptoms.Striving for the perfect diet is making us sick.Could you have an eating disorder and not know?Screwed-up reason people complimented for being sick.17 assumptions modern newlyweds are sick…
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Why has buff become best for men? Rise of the ripped.

Why has buff become best for men? Rise of the ripped. (Aeon) With bodies sculpted to look like comic-book heroes, today’s muscle men create an impossible template for masculinity. Related Posts:Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up.12 signs of emotional infidelity.Midlife eating disorders triggers: Infidelity.Screwed-up reason people complimented for being sick.Harassment, masculinity, and body image.Selfie…
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Is the doctor in? Eating disorders training.

Is the doctor in? Eating disorders training amongst medical professionals: Part 1. (Science of Eating Disorders) Something that has often shocked and, frankly, appalled, me is how little training exists for those at the front line of eating disorder service delivery. I’m talking about people like family doctors, teachers, coaches… Related Posts:What it is like…
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Restricting calories can make you crazy (no, really).

Restricting calories can make you crazy (no, really). (Huffington Post) You know how as soon as you restrict your calories, all you want to do is eat a whole tray of warm chocolate chip cookies? It’s not just you. I want to share a research study that shows the frightening… Related Posts:People who make things…
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Importance of a balanced diet for mental health.

Importance of a balanced diet for mental health. (Science Daily) The importance of nutrition for maintaining mental health has been highlighted by recent research. The human brain needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and minerals like zinc, magnesium…
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80% of women suffer from food guilt.

New poll reveals that 80 percent of women suffer from food guilt. (Huffington Post) We’ve taken any excitement, enjoyment or pleasure from our food and have infused it with toxicity, both figuratively and literally. This type of stress that we carry around food can lead to things like eating disorders, weight issues, anxiety, and depression.…
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Top 10 eating disorder blogs of 2015.

Top 10 eating disorder blogs of 2015. (World of Psychology) This compilation of the best eating disorder blogs for 2015 reflects the great diversity among eating disorder bloggers.  …a series of real-life accounts, practical advice and sound wisdom. Related Posts:How an eating disorder changes the brain.What never to say to someone with an eating disorder.Binge…
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Diet and activity trackers: Misused tools.

Diet and activity trackers: The next generation of misused tools. (Am I Hungry?) Fitness bands, calorie counting apps, body composition monitors, and other gadgets have brought the old diet diary, bathroom scale, and pedometer into the digital age. But are they really an improvement? Related Posts:5 reasons your diet does not work.Striving for the perfect diet…
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‘Fitspiration’ exercise obsession.

The problem with ‘fitspiration’ and our over obsession with exercise. (Thought Catalog) “Fitspiration,” or fitness inspiration, constantly clogs up social media. Although the “fitspiration” is a good way to promote healthy living, it is hurting more than it is helping young women’s self esteem. Related Posts:Diet obsession: How to break free.Thigh gap: New body obsession?OCD:…
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Here is what crash-dieting does to your body.

Here is what crash-dieting does to your body. (Buzzfeed) Here’s the thing: Crash diets can actually wreak havoc on your body, not to mention your general disposition (because, hangry). Here are nine reasons you should probably never do them again. Related Posts:10 reasons to stop dieting now.The case against dieting.Thigh gap: New body obsession?Teenage dieting…
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How an eating disorder changes the brain.

How an eating disorder changes the brain. (Huffington Post) …eating disorders affect “the thinking parts of our brain that we use to make rational decisions. Those parts of the brain themselves can actually shrink and degenerate during an active eating disorder,” Related Posts:The brain on anorexia.What alcohol does to your brain and body.Compassion: Brain food for…
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Older people and eating disorders.

Older people and eating disorders: Not ‘just a teenager’s problem’. (Medical News Today) While eating disorders are often considered to be a “teenager’s problem,” older people can also be affected by these diseases. Not only are they susceptible to eating disorders, but there are a number of unique problems that are experienced by this social group.…
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No more weight loss contests at work!

No more Biggest Loser weight loss contests at work! (Am I Hungry?) Weight loss contests are based on flawed assumptions. Particularly in workplace wellness initiatives, there are two predominant assumptions about body weight that are so ingrained that only a small (but growing) number of people even question them. Related Posts:The long reach of weight loss compliments.Fighting…
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Striving for the perfect diet is making us sick.

Striving for the perfect diet is making us sick. (Popular Science) Related Posts:17 assumptions modern newlyweds are sick of.Can stress make you sick? 8 scary symptoms.Screwed-up reason people complimented for being sick.Diet and activity trackers: Misused tools.Diet obsession: How to break free.5 reasons your diet does not work.
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Poor dental health can signal an eating disorder.

Poor dental health can signal an eating disorder. (Baltimore Sun) Related Posts:Brain abnormalities, poor memory with cannabis.6 signs your health kick could be an eating disorder.Could you have an eating disorder and not know?Clean eating: Warning signs it is an eating disorder.Poor sleep takes huge toll on academics.The holidays sent my eating disorder into overdrive.
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Might your college student have an eating disorder?

Might your college student have an eating disorder? How to tell, what to do. (Huffington Post) A pattern we eating disorder therapists see (often too late to be of much help) is calls from parents in late December, reporting they felt something wasn’t right at Thanksgiving but weren’t sure whether they should say anything. Related…
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Hypergymnasia: The eating disorder that is not.

Hypergymnasia: The eating disorder that isn’t. (Eating Disorder Hope) Not that I would have admitted it then, even while down on the cold floor of the gym surrounded by strangers who looked both concerned and horrified after I had collapsed yet again during an intense workout, but I was a living textbook example of hypergymnasia,…
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5 reasons your diet does not work.

Stop blaming yourself! 5 reasons why your diet doesn’t work. (Am I Hungry?) I am increasingly disheartened for those who are unknowingly misguided into a life of repeated, humiliating attempts to lose weight, then take on the shame of “their failure.” What I want you to know is… Related Posts:10 reasons to stop dieting now.Diet…
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Fighting the push for wedding weight loss.

Fighting the unhealthy cultural push for wedding weight loss. (Psychology Today) Diets, cleanses, bridal boot camps, wedding-dress workouts…losing weight for a wedding can become an obsession, a distraction, and a source for stress during an already stressful time. Related Posts:Premarital counseling on your wedding checklist?Planning a wedding with anxiety.No more weight loss contests at work!The long reach…
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Juicerexia: When juicing becomes an eating disorder.

Juicerexia: When juicing becomes an eating disorder. (Eating Disorders Online) “Addicted to the rapid weight loss, some woman are taking this new diet craze to dangerous extremes,” said Dr. Oz. “Women who do these juice cleanses can, and do, die from heart problems.” Related Posts:Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.Artist explores the many facets of…
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“Recovery bangs” in an eating disorder?

What are “recovery bangs” in an eating disorder? (Psychology Today) Fragile, dry hair; weakened, brittle fingernails; and dull, dry skin are signs of general malnutrition, particularly when calories, protein and zinc are low. No surprise then that hair loss (and bad fingernails and skin) is common in anorexia nervosa. Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.The gift…
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9 eating disorders myths busted.

9 eating disorders myths busted. (NIMH) Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D.,  a NIMH grantee  at the University of North Carolina, debunked nine myths about eating disorders at the at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress  Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD. Among her key messages: Related Posts:6 eating disorder myths debunked.11 myths about eating disorders to disregard.Freshman 15 facts & myths, explained.Psychotherapy:…
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Importance of nutritional therapy for recovery.

The importance of nutritional therapy for recovery. (Eating Disorders Online) Nutrition therapy is a key component of eating disorder treatment and your recovery process. Related Posts:Binge eating disorder and recovery.Why do you give up on your recovery?Lies about eating disorders that almost stopped my recovery.The gift of eating disorder recovery to oneself.Eating disorder recovery: Your post-treatment plan.To…
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Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up.

Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up. (Psychology Today) “Self-monitoring takes a commitment of time and effort. The most effective evidence-based treatment approaches for adults incorporate self-monitoring. The information you record will be very helpful to me as your provider. You won’t have to do it forever. It is not something that normal eaters do.”…
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Telling someone you have an eating disorder.

Question of the week: Telling someone you have an eating disorder. (Eating Disorders Online) When you are ready to tell someone about your eating disorder, make sure the person you tell is someone who you trust and feel completely comfortable with. If you do not feel okay opening up to your family, consider telling a…
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Alcohol abuse, eating disorders share genetics.

Alcohol abuse, eating disorders share genetic link. (Science Daily) Now researchers have found that some of the same genes likely are involved in both. They report that people with alcohol dependence may be more genetically susceptible to certain types of eating disorders and vice versa. Related Posts:A third of medical students report alcohol abuse.Older people…
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Do not settle for “almost recovered”.

Don’t settle for “almost recovered”. (Psychology Today) Despite the lack of dramatic and obvious symptoms, those who inhabit this gray zone on the health/illness continuum can nevertheless experience a great deal of anguish. Related Posts:My husband did not ‘settle’ for a fat wife.Signs you are verbally abused: Part I.The link between racism and PTSD.Panic attack symptoms…
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Midlife eating disorders triggers: Infidelity.

Midlife eating disorders triggers: Infidelity. (Cynthia Bulik) Midlife eating disorders are on the rise. Treatment centers around the country, and the world, are reporting a rise in the number of women and men over 35 who are presenting for treatment for eating disorders. Related Posts:Midlife eating disorder triggers III: Empty nest.Midlife eating disorder triggers II: Divorce.Self-monitoring apps:…
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Weird late night snacking: Concoctions.

Weird late night snacking: A study shows some people make concoctions. (Huffington Post) Research published in the International Journal Of Eating Disorders says that one in four people noshes on not just any snack, but a strange one in the middle of the night. Related Posts:Science-backed reasons to go to bed early.A long night of sleep may…
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The deadly side of eating disorders.

A body to die for: The deadly side of eating disorders. (Eating Disorders Online) According to a study from the Archives of General Psychology, anorexia nervosa is the most lethal mental disorder of all, increasing risk of death six-fold as compared to healthy individuals. Related Posts:Treating the side effects of anorexia.Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.I think…
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Diet obsession: How to break free.

Diet obsession: How to break free. (SheKnows) Ahhh — summer weather is here. Which means dieting time, right? No! Stop the madness and get back to living. Here are three steps you can take today to stop yourself from riding the dieting rollercoaster. Related Posts:10 reasons to stop dieting now.5 reasons your diet does not…
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Telling parents you have an eating disorder.

Telling your parents you have an eating disorder. (Eating Disorders Online) On the one hand, they represent the best resource to get help and they can offer the most powerful support. On the other hand, an eating disorder is embarrassing – it feels like the furthest thing from making your parents proud. Related Posts:Telling someone…
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Key events can trigger eating disorders.

Family life study reveals key events that can trigger eating disorders. (ScienceDaily) Eating disorders can be triggered by lack of support following traumatic events such as bereavement, relationship problems, abuse and sexual assault, according to new research. Even changing school or moving home can prove too much for some young people and lead to conditions…
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