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The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is not known. Most likely a mix of psychological, environmental and social factors come into play, as well as hormones that lead to symptoms of anorexia, but it has also been found to run in families.

By Sara Schapmann Perfectionism and eating disorders have long been thought to go hand in hand. One study explored types of perfectionism and body image issues and why this combination can be so lethal.

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi “This is ridiculous. It’s not a problem. I only purge when I get really stressed. I have to have something….” That was Belinda on her first visit to my office. When she passed out at her best friend’s wedding from dehydration due to laxative abuse, […]

Eating disorders affect nearly 30 million people in the United States, but only a small percentage of individuals seek help in overcoming their unhealthy eating behaviors.

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 […]