Eating Disorders

Why Eating Some Kinds Of Fat Can Make You Healthier

How many times have you heard someone, perhaps even yourself, say “I avoid eating fat”? We live in a society where people diet by limiting their consumption of particular nutrients. But how healthy is this really? And at what point could this behavior be considered disordered eating? Avoiding Fat to Avoid Getting Fat For about …

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The Face Of Eating Disorders

If you asked the average person about eating disorders, many people would point to young girls as the face of these deadly diseases. Despite the common misconception that eating disorders affect young women only, these diseases do not discriminate by gender or age. In fact, research tells us that eating disorders affect both women and …

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The Dangers Of Calorie Counts In College Dining Halls

My small liberal arts college claimed to be, “helping students make informed eating decisions” by posting nutrition information for each food item in our dining hall. Their claim was probably true, in part: students could see how much protein or fiber was in each food, ideally helping them put together a balanced, healthy meal. In …

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Reflection In The Mirror: A Brief Guide To Overcoming Negative Self Talk

We all have an internal voice inside our head that determines how we view situations and ourselves. This inner voice is what psychologists call “self talk”: conscious, as well as unconscious assumptions and beliefs. Self talk can be reasonable and rational, but it can also be negative and downright mean! Here are some ideas for …

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Preventing Eating Disorders: Tips To Protect Your Teen

The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 12.2 percent of students in the U.S. went without eating for 24 or more hours in an effort to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight. The school-based survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also found that 5.1 percent of students …

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Pregorexia: A Growing Danger Among Expectant Mothers

Many expectant mothers worry about excessive weight gain which could lead to a number of health problems such as gestational diabetes in the mother and early diabetes in the child. A growing percentage of pregnant women with these worries cope with weight gain through disordered eating. Pregorexia, the moniker for this disorder, affects an increasing …

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Your Eating Disorder

Coming to the realization that you have an eating disorder can be difficult and even overwhelming. An eating disorder affects everything from physical health, to mental health, and even personal relationships; it may seem impossible to talk with someone who will understand what you are going through. If you’ve made the decision to talk to …

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How To Speak With Your Family About Your Eating Disorder

If you have finally come to terms with the fact that you have an eating disorder, what do you do next? Of course you will want to get some support and most likely that will include help from your family. But talking about your eating disorder with family can be a very difficult thing to …

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How I Knew I Had An Eating Disorder – A Personal Story

“Even as a kid, I knew I was different,” says Sandy,* “I always felt so bad about myself, so guilty. I was bigger than a lot of the other girls and knew I looked different. I swore to myself that I would lose the weight no matter what it took, and for a while it …

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Help! I Think My Friend Has An Eating Disorder

Watching a friend transform from a healthy individual into a shadow of her former self can be a scary thing. Her weight may drop, her attitude may change, she might start pulling away from you, and eventually you’re left wondering what happened to your friend. How do you express your concerns, and how can you …

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Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

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