Attitudes Toward Thinness and Emaciation


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


“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


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?


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


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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“Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries”- Regina


“There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.”-Janice Mean Girls. In honor of Mean Girls 10th anniversary (yes it is a big deal) I chose this quote. Keeping secrets is a very dangerous game. […]

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The Dangers of Energy Drinks


Energy drinks are all too common a sight these days on television, in print ads, plastered across the Internet – or on any popular media source that sees a lot of traffic. Energy drinks currently consume a huge percentage of the available cold beverage space in grocery stores and convenience establishments. Compared to 10 years ago, […]

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Evolving Ideals of Male Body Image Explained by Action Figures

GI Joe and Barbie would probably be hospitalized if their proportions were manifested on a real body Males and females tend to have different expectations when it comes to body image. Ask your average man what he feels he should look like, and it generally involves muscle mass that is 15-20% larger than how the […]

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