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Author Caitlin Moran Compares Compulsive Overeating to Drug Addiction

Author Caitlin Moran’s recent personal essay “I Know Why the Fat Lady Sings,” published in the Wall Street Journal, juxtaposes compulsive overeating with drug addiction, comparing the disorders while contrasting the cultural stigma attached to the former to the “perverted, self-destructive fascination” associated with the latter. She cites Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’s drug use [...]

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Weight Obsession Disorder From the Media

UK Releases Guide to Help Parents Combat Weight Obsession Disorders

Eating disorders are a global problem, affecting women and men of all nationalities and cultures. No matter where one is raised, they are likely to be inundated with a barrage of images of celebrities and models that have had their forms digitally altered in order to conform to unattainable standards of beauty. Combating the media’s [...]

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Eating Disorders and Comorbidity – Can Your Eating Disorder Clinic Cope with Dual-diagnosis Care?

It’s rare that an eating disorder isn’t associated with other diseases. For example, eating disorders can occur simultaneously, with individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder at the same time, or eating disorders can happen in conjunction with other mental illness, such as depression or addiction. When this happens, it’s called comorbidity, and [...]

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Coping with the Stigma of Eating Disorder Therapy

Identifying an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia and seeking treatment for it is just the first step to recovery. Eating disorders can make sufferers retreat from their family and friends, making them feel even more alone and alienated. While the stigma of having an eating disorder has been discussed at length, something that’s not [...]

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Compulsive Overeating Symptoms – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Compulsive overeating, like the more well-known eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, has some clear physical symptoms, such as weight gain and extreme obesity, but few people know that it can have much more serious symptoms as well. Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder marked by the compulsive urge to eat. It’s common for someone to [...]

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Anorexia Nervosa – Not Just an Eating Disorder

It might seem easy to identify someone with anorexia, but the truth is that it isn’t. And while some people think it’s a simple disorder that only involves limiting food intake, anorexia nervosa is much more complicated than that. Typically, someone who suffers from anorexia nervosa has feelings of self-worthlessness, depression, self-consciousness, envy or the [...]

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Confronting Friends or Family – Helping Someone who may Suffer from an Eating Disorder

It’s important to know the issues surrounding eating disorders. Not because you might be diagnosing someone anytime soon, but because knowing them could lead to an intervention that can save someone’s life. No matter how uncomfortable or confrontational it might seem, reaching out with care, concern and empathy can save a life. Eating disorders have [...]

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Anorexia May Contribute to Categorical Learning Deficiencies

Everyone thinks that they have some basic knowledge of anorexia nervosa, but experts know that it’s a complex, multi-layered disorder that goes beyond just restricting caloric intake. Megan E. Shott, who conducts research at the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychology, found that individuals that face anorexia nervosa could also have issues with cognitive deficits [...]

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Orthorexia: At What Point Does Healthy Eating Become an Eating Disorder?

Orthorexia, a term used to describe individuals that fixate on healthy eating isn’t a term that’s recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, and some eating disorder clinics don’t even know what it is, but it is seen as a precursor to other more common eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Commonly, orthorexia begins with [...]

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Why Eating Disorders are Particularly Harmful to Pregnant Women

One aspect of eating disorders that’s often overlooked is how they can affect women’s reproductive health. A study conducted in the United Kingdom showed that women who have a history of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia have more fertility problems, unplanned pregnancies, and general negative feelings toward having a child. The study, which [...]

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