Eating Disorders

The Non-Diet Mind

Do you have the mind-set that you struggle with your weight, that you’re too fat, that you need to go on a diet, or that you have no self-control? Then you are not alone. I had dinner with a friend last night and she was complaining to me that she needs to lose weight. She described “scooping” out a bagel and filling it with tuna fish salad so that she could restrict her carbohydrates but still have some ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

(taken from Yahoo! contributor network)

When eating disorders are brought up, most people will envision a fragile, emaciated woman who suffers from anorexia. However, contrary to common belief, anorexia is not the most prevalent eating disorder. According to the Weight Control Information Network, “Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder; it affects approximately three percent of all adults in the United States.” Like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating disorder is an uncontrollable mental disorder that can ultimately result in ...

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Protecting Your Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner
Eating Recovery Center

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year for individuals struggling with eating disorders. The food-centric festivities surrounding most holidays can feel overwhelming to patients, regardless of their stage in the recovery process. In response to the anxiety that can accompany heightened exposure to food and gatherings of friends, family and colleagues, treatment professionals often observe an escalation of eating disordered thoughts and ...

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“Focus on the Feelings, Not on the Food”

If I had to offer parents one morsel of advice when their adolescent daughter is struggling with an eating disorder, I would repeatedly remind them to “Focus on the feelings and NOT on the food.”

Parents often feel helpless when they see their child not eating, especially during a holiday meal. As parents, we are responsible for instructing our children on the right things to do. After all, we have spent their lifetimes teaching and shaping their appropriate behaviors. Now, you ...

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The Dangers of Thigh Gap

Images portraying skeleton-looking legs that are often digitally altered and bare thighs so thin they don’t touch, is the look that many young women are trying to achieve, which is unrealistic and unhealthy.

If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teen girls are willing to starve themselves for.

The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small, hollow cavity with a huge following on social media. ...

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Mind/body health: Obesity

Obesity is one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most troubling health problems. Unless you act to address the emotions behind why you overeat, you could be facing long-term problems.

Obesity is one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most troubling health problems. If you have a very high body mass index (BMI)–that is, your weight is significantly more than what is generally considered healthy for your height–you may be increasing the risk of many serious health conditions, including hypertension, heart disease and ...

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Healthy Holiday Eating: Strategies for Success after Bariatric Surgery

There are 365 days in the year, and for most families only a couple of dozen of those involve special occasions. Part of the joy of the season is sharing with loved ones, so it’s OK to enjoy a portion of Grandma’s special pie that’s available only on these special occasions. Giving yourself permission to enjoy all foods without over doing it reduces stress and makes time with family and friends more fun.

-Don’t attempt to diet. A realistic goal would ...

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Binge Eating Disorder in Men

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder — and many who have it are men. If that surprises you, you’re not alone. People often see eating disorders as a woman’s health concern. But guys get them too. About 40% of those with binge eating disorder are men.

“Men absolutely do struggle with eating, food, and body image. That’s often assumed to not be the case,” says Tom Wooldridge, PsyD. He’s the co-executive director of The National Association of Males ...

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