“Food Concocting” and Binge Eating Disorder

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Food concocting is an addictive behavior that often correlates with binge eating disorder – itself a potentially deadly eating disorder (ED). Interestingly, nearly one in four patients who suffer from a binge eating disorder also concoct their food combinations. Most concoctors state that they feel depressed and shameful after engaging in this practice.

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3 Types of Happy and What They Mean for Eating Disorder Treatment

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About 40% of our happiness is determined by us and us alone, according to one psychologist; and generally speaking, there are three types of happiness factors. Using this information in eating disorder treatments to deliver more effective outcomes is the goal. So how can a sense of self-control over one’s happiness level help to combat commonly-encountered eating disorder issues?

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Monster: The Eating Disorder Within

I usually meet people in the real pits of their disease, so when I start learning who they actually are it’s incredible to see the transformation. I had a mother say something that has never really left me. “I know my daughter is a monster right now, but just know she is my monster and I love her.” As I got to know the “monster” the more I saw the young lady, I knew the monster and what it was capable of. I lived the monster. I at one point was the monster.

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Attitudes Toward Thinness and Emaciation

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The intense fear of gaining weight and of losing that “perfect” body composition often leads anorexics to eat far too little and/or exercise too much – all in the hopes of maintaining an ultra-thin (often quite unhealthy) frame. A study was conducted that analyzed how anorexics define beauty and perceive body types.

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SpanX: Looking at the Side Effects of Shapewear

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“Restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis.” Need I say more? Still convinced Spanx are the best? “Increasing intra-abdominal pressure can certainly provoke episodes of incontinence,” said Dr. Kuemmerle. Funny I didn’t find that in the small print? If my options are: risk a tummy role, or provoke an episode of incontinence, then I am gonna choose tummy role…just saying.

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This is Your Brain on FOOD! New Research Looks at Brain Responses to Food

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Studies have shown that the brain responds to food differently depending on where you may lie on the eating disorder spectrum. A new study compared the brains of anorexic, obese, extremely obese, and healthy individuals and the resulting brain activity when these groups were exposed to a variety of foods.

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Junior Juicers: Do Juice Cleanses for Children Do More Harm than Good?

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I think that the only thing worse than children doing juice cleanses is the parents that are supporting it. How toxic can the little people be? If your child is not getting enough fruits and vegetables, then maybe you as the parent could reassess that. All of the research I have done about cleanses has said that they do more harm than good.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Common Amongst Individuals with Eating Disorders

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is quite common amongst individuals with eating disorders, and there are many theories behind this apparent correlation. A three-phase treatment guideline created by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies helps provide enhanced therapy and recovery results for those impacted by PTSD.

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Body Image Interventions Should be Focus of Psychotherapy Efforts

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An effective treatment regimen for any eating disorder must utilize a multi-dimensional approach to wellness. Psychological treatment and support, nutritional counseling, medical evaluations, exercise routines, and laboratory diagnostics all contribute to a 360-degree treatment philosophy.

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A Bleak Life. Finding Resilience in Recovery.

“A bleak life and a fate that could not be countered.” I think this is where many people newly in recovery get stuck. The first month post treatment is not all it’s cracked up to be. At least for me it wasn’t. I neglected to make appointments with my after care team because as far […]

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