Eating Disorders

Introduction to Eating Disorders

We live in an image conscious culture, which urges all of us (especially women) to improve our appearance. The messages sent by magazines, t.v., and other media include “buy certain clothes and products; straighten and whiten your teeth; get rid of your wrinkles; and most commonly, LOSE WEIGHT and you will be happy, admired, and loved.” The recent and recurrent debate concerning the unhealthy, stick thin models used in the fashion industry is a perfect example of how strongly entrenched our notion of “thinness equals happiness” has become.

Eating Disorders — In The News
ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is solely approved in... Read More

For Anorexic Men, the Focus Is on Muscle

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anorexia is typically associated with women, but a new report finds that men -- especially men obsessed with muscularity -- can develop the eating disorder, too. The Canadian researchers noted that an estimated 10 percent or more of anorexia patients are thought... Read More

Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child

(HealthDay News) -- An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential health consequences of an eating disorder: Weight gain or loss. Difficulty concentrating. Problems of the stomach, heart... Read More

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Dying To Be Thin: 7 Shocking Facts About Teen Laxative Abuse

The Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health found that 78 percent of women within healthy weight range reported being unhappy with their number. Too often, this dissatisfaction leads to eating disorders... Read More

Post-Natal Depression And Eating Disorders

Coping with an eating disorder can create additional stress and complexity for pregnant women and new mothers. An estimated 20 million American women will struggle with an eating disorder like... Read More

Pumping Iron And Crushing Eating Disorders

Out of all the proven ways to overcome anorexia and bulimia, new findings are showing surprising correlation between lifting weights and recovering from eating disorders. The Hidden Perks of Weightlifting Researchers... Read More