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Posted in Addiction, Articles, Eating Disorders, Mental Health

How Drug Abuse Can Fuel Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and substance abuse can be crafty and complex partners in crime. Research shows about half of people with eating disorders also abuse alcohol or other drugs. Over 35% of people with substance use disorders also engage in some form of disordered eating behavior. These patterns can take a few forms and may feed […]

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10 Secret Ways Anorexia Manifests

People with anorexia have an obsessive desire to be thin that can lead to losing dangerous amounts of weight. Anorexia is an eating disorder that often begins around puberty, but it can begin at any age. People with this condition may have childhood trauma, emotional challenges or self-esteem issues that can make them vulnerable to developing anorexia, but it can also be related to hormones and genetics. Secrecy is […]

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The Genetics Behind Anorexia and Over-Exercising

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.

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How Perfectionism Drives Eating Disorders

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.

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Motivation, Denial and the Stages of Change

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, her family insisted she see me. Belinda’s ex-husband was attending the wedding with his new girlfriend and Belinda was worried how she’d look in her dress.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing an Eating Disorder Treatment Center

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.

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Key Factors That Lead to Compulsive Eating Disorders

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 happen? Why do so many people develop compulsive eating disorders?

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Eating Disorder Relapse Statistics: How Common Is Relapse?

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 eating disorders to relapse after completing treatment?

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What Is Thinspiration and How Can “Pro-Ana” Websites Trigger Eating Disorders?

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 dangerously unhealthy eating behaviors.

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The Controversy of Eating Disorder Forced Therapy

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 and may even be fatal. Because of the seriousness of these illnesses, medical professionals may recommend forced therapy for patients who don’t wish to recover from their eating disorders.

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