Eating Disorders

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The term “eating disorder” encompasses a wide variety of abnormal behaviors that can present in a number of clinical pictures. One of the most basic ways to define “eating disorder” is as a cluster of abnormal eating habits associated with deranged thoughts or negative feelings. To define “eating disorder” adequately both psychological and clinical symptoms must be addressed.

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Human Dolls: Startling New Trend In Eastern Europe

Ukranian women seem to have adopted a very strange fashion trend: using plastic surgery to turn themselves into human dolls. Valeria Lukyanova has been making international headlines after transforming into a real-life “Barbie” doll, and Anastasiya Shpagina has earned the title of “Anime Girl.” These young women have undergone extensive plastic surgery to look like …

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How To Understand The Causes Of Eating Disorders

There is no known direct line between a specific cause and an eating disorder. This is because many factors can influence how a person views food, what they deem an appropriate weight and what they are trying to get from the behavior. That last part, the “what do I get” from an unhealthy behavior is …

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How To Talk To Someone With An Eating Disorder

If someone you know is displaying any of the warning signs of an eating disorder, confronting this person can be difficult as you may fear offending him or her. It is a delicate subject, but your concerns are valid and voicing them could help save your loved one’s life. People with eating disorders are often …

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How To Recognize Pica Eating Disorder

Pica Is Named For The Magpie Simply stated, Pica is an eating disorder characterized by the consumption of non-nutritive substances. Named for the Latin term for magpie, a bird notorious for eating anything, the disorder causes people to consume substances like chalk, dirt, hair, glass, stones, or even nails. Because Pica is not one of …

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How Social Media Reinforces Eating Disorders

It’s not hard to find pro-anorexia and bulimia websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts. While some of these sites are helpful communities for people looking to recover, many support the disease and encourage visitors to work even harder to be thin. Hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 16% in the past year alone, and …

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How Mindfulness Can Help To Overcome An Eating Disorder

When it comes to dealing with an eating disorder, being self-aware – or mindful – can be one of your most important tools to recovery. Being mindful of your thoughts and feelings (and realizing how these thoughts are subsequently affecting your behavior) is essential to getting healthy. Everywhere you look these days, there are “quick …

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How Is A Binge Eating Disorder Diagnosed?

Diagnostic Criteria for Eating Disorders Are Found In the DSM-IV Many people struggle with overeating and being overweight, but exactly how is a binge eating disorder (BED) diagnosed? What differentiates a full-blown binge eating disorder from other types of eating disorders? There is a manual called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th …

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How Eating Disorders Differ In Men

Eating disorders primarily affect women. Known as the “teenage white girl’s disease” by some, ED is actually very prevalent outside of the Western world and can affect people of both genders, at any age, and of any race. A Harvard study estimates that up to 25% of all eating disorder cases are in men. Men …

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Eating Disorders And Diabetes

Women with diabetes may be at an increased risk for developing an eating disorder, according to the American Diabetes Association. Among those with type 1 diabetes, bulimia is the most common eating disorder reported, while binge eating is more common among women with type 2 diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is a condition …

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Eating Disorder Fact Sheet

Eating disorders are a spectrum of mental disorders that lead to consequences involving the extremes of weight loss or weight gain. The major types are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Anorexia Anorexia is the medical term for a failure to take in enough calories to maintain body systems. The word refers to the symptom …

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