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Eating Disorders can occur in women and men alike. There are many things one should know if they, or someone they love, is suffering from an Eating Disorder. Below we display a number of Eating Disorders Articles to help get you, or the one you love, onto the path of recovery.

Emotional Eating
We use food to self-soothe. People who have struggled with it, and the professionals who treat it, call it by many different names; compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and food addiction…
Thin Commandments
We go over the “Thin Commandments” and try to extract any other rules they might be living by. Below are the ten most common eating disorder “commandments” I came up with out of countless interviews with patients…
Male Eating Disorders
The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center says up to 10 million Americans struggle with compulsive eating today, and 10 percent are male…
Diet Myths
Here are a list of rules that relate dieting and eating disorders. It’s a difficult trip that no one ever comes out happy…
Why Our Bodies Need Fats
Fat provides needed energy. It is difficult to eat the large amounts of food in a very low fat diet to get all the energy you need…
Importance of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are our main source of energy and provide the ideal fuel (glucose) for your body to function optimally, as well as many essential vitamins and minerals…
Importance of Water
Water makes up 50-60% of body weight. All body cells equals 40% of body weight…
Pregnancy Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders and Pregnancy do not mix. You and your baby will be put at great risk for complications and possible death…
Distorted Body Image
As you read through the distortions you will notice that you have favorite ones. Others you will rarely if ever indulge in. Your high-frequency distortions are the ones you need to sensitize yourself to so that your inner alarm sounds whenever they come up…
Body Mass Index Calculator
Please keep in mind that the Body Mass Index Calculator is just an estimate of ideal weight. There are other factors to consider and everyone is different…
Medication Abuse
Here we look at the abuse of over the counter drugs…
Laxative Abuse
When laxatives are taken regularly for a prolonged period of time, one or more adverse effects, some of which are serious and/or dangerous, can occur…
Syrup of Ipecac
Syrup of Ipecac is a poison that the body rejects, causing vomiting. Usually given to children who have swallowed poison, ipecac is used by some Bulimics and Anorexics to induce vomiting after eating.
Diuretic Effects
Diuretic abuse is a practice by some patients with eating disorders. They rid the body of fluid by acting on the kidneys to increase the flow of urine…
Diet Aids
Over the counter (OTC) diet aids are used by many people and some of those people abuse them. These diet aids are dangerous…
Caffeine Effects
Studies have shown that in people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, the more caffeine they consume, the more anxiety and depression they feel.

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Distorted Body Image

Distorted Body Image, or body image in general, is the way a person feels about his or her own body in terms of physical beauty and sexual attractiveness. The term was coined by Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst Paul Schilder but no consensus definition of what body image is actually exists. Regardless, the idea of a …

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Emotional Eating

Does food serve as a distraction from uncomfortable moments in your life? If so, emotional eating may be your way of avoiding emotional discomfort. A focus on food diverts our attention from anything we’d rather not think about. Characteristics of emotional eaters Serious emotional eaters obsess about food Emotional eaters rely on food as their …

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Male Eating Disorders

Eating disorders do not discriminate between the genders. Although more women than men are diagnosed with eating disorders, over 1 million men and boys have an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Up to 10% to 15% of those affected have anorexia nervosa or bulimia (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and …

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Pregnancy Eating Disorders

Pregnancy eating disorders can be a serious health risk. The average pregnant woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. A woman who is under weight as she begins her pregnancy will need to gain more (a BMI under 20 should gain between 28-40 pounds), while a woman who is severely overweight may need to …

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Diet Myths

Diet myths abound. According to Juliet Zuercher, registered dietitian and director of nutrition services at Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders, failure to understand common diet myths can “be demoralizing and psychologically damaging, which can lead into a full blown eating disorder.” Popular myths about dieting include: Diet Myth #1 — Dieting will result in weight …

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Thin Commandments

The Thin Commandments were originally written by Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT, for people with eating disorders. These are tongue-in-cheek commandments that aren’t meant to be followed but to illustrate beliefs that lead people astray. Thin Commandments If you aren’t thin, you aren’t attractive. Being thin is more important than being healthy. You must buy …

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