Binge eating, food addiction, compulsive overeating — there are many terms used to describe the different compulsive eating disorders. These disorders, while different from the more widely known anorexia and bulimia, are among the most common eating disorders to affect Americans, with some estimates of approximately 4 million people meeting diagnostic criteria. How does this […]
Eating disorders — anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders — are often treated successfully. Eating disorder treatments, including medication, psychotherapy and holistic care at inpatient facilities, all tend to demonstrate some success, at least in the short term. But what about relapse? How common is it for people suffering from […]
Thinspiration is a term used to describe images and writings that promote extreme slenderness as a body ideal. These materials frequently appear on pro-ana websites that treat thinspiration as a cultural norm. Research indicates that the vast majority of these websites promote eating disorders by providing detailed information on how to begin, maintain and hide […]
An eating disorder is a condition that causes people to overeat or avoid food altogether because of a distorted body image. Examples of eating disorders include bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorder. These illnesses are treatable, but without help from a physician or eating disorder therapist, eating disorders can lead to very serious health problems […]
If you’ve developed a problematic relationship with food, you may be asking yourself, Do I have an eating disorder? This is not a trivial question, since an eating disorder can ruin your life or even prove fatal if left untreated.
When a person limits the type or variety of foods they eat, they are often characterized as “picky eaters” so long as they don’t also have underlying body image or dysmorphia issues. Body dysmorphia is when a person has uncontrollable negative thoughts, for hours at a time, about real or perceived flaws they believe they […]
There’s always a friend when you’re out drinking who instigates it: the midnight munchie run. It’s next to impossible not to nod in agreement as they exclaim, “Who wants to get Taco Bell?!” as you’re finishing off your last round of drinks at the bar. Three tacos, a bean and cheese burrito, and one order […]
Despite no official recognition as a mental health disorder, anorexia athletica is nonetheless a dangerous phenomenon that seems to be spurred in part by social media.
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder with symptoms that commonly include repeated episodes of extreme overeating followed by self-induced vomiting, lack of control over this binge-purge cycle, and a poor or unrealistic body image. You may already know that bulimia can lead to serious health problems such as dehydration, inflammation of the esophagus, tooth decay, […]
By Gina Marchando, DMFT, LMFT, CHT, CIT The link between early childhood trauma and later development of an eating disorder has been well-established. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 to 50% of women with eating disorders have a history of trauma and abuse. Types of trauma common to those with disordered eating behaviors […]