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 [...]
by Rader Programs on Feb 16, 2012
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Aug 31, 2011
The experience of pregnancy varies from woman-to-woman. Bringing a new life into the world is a major life-changing experience; both physically and emotionally. For many women, their changing bodies, increased weight and altered hormone levels are a source of fascination, concern and even anxiety. Ideally, mothers-to-be will take better care of themselves to ensure the [...]
by Rader Programs on Jun 23, 2011
This week in eating disorder news covers – Increased rates of depression during and after pregnancy in women who have suffered from eating disorders; Demi Lovato opens up about her battles with eating disorders, depression, and cutting; Sleep related eating disorders from binge eating at night to eating and sleepwalking. Read more on these three topics in our Eating Disorders in the news weekly wrap-up.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on May 27, 2011
Recovering from Anorexia is crazy hard, and being 16 and having “Mommy issues” is even harder. Getting pregnant on top of all of that? Well, let’s just say most people would consider that a nightmare. Unfortunately for Kayla Jackson that nightmare is a living reality. The hardest part about an eating disorder is that your drug of choice is NOT something you can avoid. We all need to eat to stay alive, but what if you also have to eat to let another person live?
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Dec 13, 2010
Women suffering with anorexia are confronted with complex physiological concerns and psychological issues when they become pregnant. Anorexic women often fixate negatively on how pregnancy changes their bodies. Rather than focus on the health and well-being of the new life they are bringing into this world, anorexics often take drastic and life-endangering actions to control their weight.