Experts say that of all mental disorders, anorexia is potentially the most deadly. Despite attempts at therapy, many cases have been impervious to treatment. A new exploratory technique may help those suffering from chronic, treatment-resistant anorexia.
The development of eating disorders is often linked to some perception of the thin ideal, a pie-in-the-sky notion of what women should look like, based on doctored media images. The images often show a celebrity or model who is exceptionally thin, with youthful skin and eyes.
Bombardment with images of super-thin models and celebrities is everywhere. Magazines, television, billboards and catalogues are filled with pictures of women who exemplify beauty and style and they are all rail-thin. The cumulative effect of this is that women accept the media-projected standard of beauty and too often see themselves as something less. The repeated…
When discussing eating disorders, the role of the media often surfaces in the conversation. Many experts and eating disorder patients believe that the images of physical perfection flooding the television and print media provide an impossible ideal that women cannot reach.
Adopting a vegetarian diet is a decision that flows from a mind-set. It could be that a person feels that the vegetarian lifestyle is the most healthful. Others may turn to vegetarian eating because of moral convictions about the environment or animal rights. However, some use the diet to mask disordered eating.
A new self-published eBook has shot to the very top of the bestseller list and given its author a seven figure deal. The book is called Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier than All Your Friends and is written by author Venice A. Fulton, under his pen name.
Whether you eat too much or too little may depend on neurological circuitry in your brain, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School.
When women sit down to a meal together in a restaurant, they often badger each other about their choices. If one woman orders a salad, the others might tease her about “being good” or that she’s thin as a rail and should eat something more. Women may also laugh when the dessert menu is presented,…
As young girls turn into young women, they take more notice of their appearance. It’s often in these early years that women may develop eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Over time these women may find treatment to cure the disorder. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports…
A recent joint study by researchers from two universities and a college in Israel found that women who have eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia) depict themselves quite differently in drawings than women without eating disorders. In fact, the drawings by the women with eating disorders had specific characteristics that were quite prominent.