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  • Ongoing Therapy for Eating Disorders

    Recovering from anorexia can be a long and difficult process. Often, even after a successful treatment plan, and individual may relapse back into disordered thinking. That's why ongoing therapy for eating disorders is so important. Understanding one’s relapse triggers may help prevent a potential relapse. One common relapse is having an illness, such as the flu, which affects appetite. In times when appetite is diminished, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy eating plan, and the temptation to slip back into a reduced diet may be difficult to resist.

  • How Social Media is Fueling Eating Disorders

    It has long been known that eating disorders such as anorexia can be fueled by the media's portrayal of thinness and beauty. Unnatural expectations can help feed an obsession with being thin and losing weight. In recent years, a disturbing trend has emerged, which may be further exacerbating the effect of media on those especially vulnerable to eating disorders.

     

  • The Rapid Rise of Male Anorexia

    Eating disorders are extremely common among women. There is more media and public attention centered on women and eating disorders than men, and there is thus a common misconception eating disorders to not occur in men. Many people who suffer from an eating disorder may feel that there is a negative social connotation around their disorder, and this can be a problem in particular for men. Men may hesitate to seek assistance for their anorexia because of the anxiety around experiencing what they perceive to be a female problem.

  • The Dangerous Side Effects of Anorexia

    Anorexia is a serious disease that can cause many health risks. These risks can include failure of the cardiovascular system, psychological issues, and can be fatal if left untreated. Some of the dangerous effects of anorexia, such as osteoporosis, can occur long after a person has recovered from the disorder.

  • How to Break the Relapse and Recovery Patterns in Anorexia

    When you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, you are constantly worried about your weight. You base much of your self worth on how thin you are. It may seem that anorexia is simply an extreme diet, when in fact, the causes of anorexia are often much more complex and deep-rooted. Anorexia is not simply a diet. It is an attempt to control your life through your behavior and eating patterns. The desire to exercise such control is generally symptomatic of serious psychological issues.

  • How to Recognize the Signs of Anorexia

    Many people feel critical about their bodies or feel anxiety around their appearance at one time or another. It can be difficult to discern whether you are experiencing natural concerns over your weight, or are exhibiting signs of anorexia. One sign that your behaviors around eating are dangerous is lying to friends about your eating habits. You may make excuses in order to avoid eating around other people, or pretend that you have already eaten. Another sign that you may be anorexic is lying to yourself about your own body image.

  • Eating Disorders and Older Women

    by Rebecca Cooper

    Sixty-six percent of America’s adult population is overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this year that 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese.

  • Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

    It takes a lot of skills and training for a therapist or psychologist to get involved in the field of eating disorder recovery.  The patients that they are talking with could have many different issues that have caused them to develop strange eating habits.  Sometimes it can be hard for patients to be completely honest because they do not want to be judged or reprimanded and they have become very adept at hiding what they do for many years.  However, eating disorder specialists understand why they behave in certain ways a

  • Moving from a Treatment Center into Real Life

     People with eating disorders can get some much needed time away from their stressful lives while staying in a treatment center.  It is a good opportunity for them to be away from the problems that cause them to start restricting their food intake, binging or purging.  In the controlled environment of a facility it is easier to avoid the kind of behavior associated with a disorder because you are being closely monitored and given assistance at all times.  What will happen when a patient leaves the facility?  The process of eati

  • The Binge Eating Cycle: Breaking Free

    We develop patterns of behavior early in life. We start associating certain events with certain behaviors. One such pattern is our behavior with food. Being fed by our parents when we were young may come to represent being cared for or being loved. On the other hand, not being fed when we were hungry may have produced a deep insecurity about whether there would be enough food in the future.

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