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Eating disorders where the primary outcome is a failure to take in proper nutrition will result in an emaciated, starved look, excessive fatigue, hormonal changes, and eventually, death. The classic anorexic nervosa patient pursues thinness relentlessly. They have a distorted body image and, while their weight is obviously lower than normal, they do not see …

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Pro-Ana: The Dangerous Inspiration Behind Anorexia

“Pro-ana” refers to the promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Many pro-ana organizations claim to exist as nonjudgmental environments for anorexics, while others deny anorexia as an eating disorder and instead refer to it as a lifestyle choice that should be respected. Since the scientific community recognizes anorexia nervosa as a serious illness, “pro-ana” …

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Want Others To Get Healthy? Questions Work Better Than Demands

With New Year’s resolutions fresh on our minds, there’s never a better time to support one another’s health-oriented goals. If you’re trying to encourage a loved one to get healthy, however, asking questions rather than making demands will be the most productive approach, according to a new study. The “question-behavior effect” involves asking questions like, …

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ADHD Drug Might Help Binge Eaters

Individuals suffering from binge eating disorder might benefit from taking lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse), according to new research from Shire, the drug’s manufacturer. Two identical phase III trials showed that Vyvanse helped reduce the number of weekly binge episodes that a patient normally experiences. A total of 773 patients who met the DSM-IV criteria for binge …

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