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Beating the Thinspiration Addiction

While certain substances like nicotine and narcotics have physically addictive properties, one can develop a psychological addiction to just about anything. While pro-anorexia sites, that feature thinspiration content, can seem horrific and harming to the uninitiated, these sites can actually provide a sort of comfort to individuals with eating disorders. So much so, that individuals […]

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Eating Disorders Treatment Options: Focusing on Health

During an interview with iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the topic of body image. It’s my hope that her words will serve to inspire fellow parents to adopt her perspective. She spoke candidly that when discussing food with her daughters Sasha and Malia she doesn’t speak in terms of which foods make […]

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Eating Disorder (ED) Blog: Seventeen + BMI = Bad Math

When struggling with an eating disorder, numbers can feel like your enemies. It can seem that everywhere you look numbers are taunting you, judging you and diminishing your self-image. Whether it’s the number of calories in the sandwich you just ate or the number on the scale, the mental arithmetic never seems to add up […]

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Eating Disorder Symptoms: College Stress and Bulimia Nervosa

Going to college can be an exciting time for young women. Time away from their family gives them a chance to forge an identity that is uniquely their own. College can be a time to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. However, the transition from living at home during high school to living more […]

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Pro-Anorexia Blog: Promotes Starvation Contest

While browsing the web, I came across a blog that was having a “friendly weight loss competition.” I won’t reveal the name of the pro-ana blog, but it was created by a pro-anorexia blogger. These bloggers tout the benefits of anorexia, at times presenting it as a way of life rather than an eating disorder. […]

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Eating Disorder Help: Why We Need to Put an End to Bullying

November 19th-23rd was anti-bullying week. To coincide with anti-bullying week, UK-based eating disorder charity Beat conducted a survey that sought to reveal correlation between eating disorders and bullying. 65% of individuals surveyed felt that bullying contributed to their eating disorders. This showed a 41% increase from a similar survey that the charity conducted in 2009. […]

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Eating Disorder Articles Show Women with Anorexia Have Brain Differences When Viewing Themselves

While there are many different potential causes for anorexia, new research shows that women with the deadly eating disorder show different brain activity than women who do not have anorexia. The research comes from the Center for Brain Health, and was published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The research was conducted by […]

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Are Mobile Apps Turning Gamers into Food Addicts?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that food makers are now using mobile apps to target potential consumers, many of whom are children. Snack companies are giving away free games with names like “Cookie Dough Bites Factory” and “Icee Maker.” The games are easy to operate and built for touch-screen devices like phones and tablets. […]

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Back to School: Do Colleges Create Food Addicts and Trigger Eating Disorders?

Nearly every student going away to college has heard of the infamous, so-called “Freshman 15.” This term came into existence due to incoming freshman’s tendency to gain weight. What is often not discussed is that anxiety over the freshman 15 can often trigger eating disorders. There’s not one reason why students tend to gain weight […]

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Eating Disorders Blog: Physical Intimacy and Anorexia Nervosa

When a woman or man struggles with anorexia nervosa it can have a wide-range of effects on their romantic relationships. Many individuals diagnosed with anorexia are already in relationships, others might have the desire to start new relationships. But without proper treatment, an individual’s anorexia can make it difficult to establish intimacy. How is Intimacy […]

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