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Are Gymnasts at Higher Risk for Eating Disorders?

It’s easy to fall in love with gymnastics. The sparkly uniforms, the bouncy ponytails, and the encouraging hugs from a coach make little girls watching the televised events ready to sign up and be a part of the team, no matter what. But many girls who do enter the world of gymnastics soon find that …

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The Science Behind Junk Food Addiction

It’s no accident that Americans are addicted to salty, crunchy chips and surgery soft drinks. Scientists and “crave experts” in the processed-food industry have worked for decades to make it so. Food addiction can become just as severe as substance addiction if not addressed. If you or a loved one are in need of help …

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What Is Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake?

More than 28 million men and women in the US struggle with eating disorders that negatively affect their physical and mental health. What is avoidant restrictive food intake? It’s a new type of eating disorder that doesn’t have the same body image issues as anorexia and bulimia. Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder treatment can help …

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Treatment for Eating Disorders Part 1 – The Initial Steps

Eating disorders are some of the most frequently diagnosed mental health conditions.  Although many people associate them with adolescent and young adult females, they actually impact a much greater demographic.  Eating disorder therapists and treatment facilities see a wide range of individuals, including males of various ages and backgrounds, middle-aged women, athletes, and even children. …

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Eating Disorders and Alcoholism

In recent years, studies have shown that almost half of those who have an eating disorder also regularly abuse drugs or alcohol. Approximately 35% of people who abuse drugs or alcohol also have an eating disorder. This trend is particularly common in young teenage girls, so parents should take note of this in case they …

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Understanding Bulimia Vs Anorexia

Eating disorders aren’t about food. Rather, they have everything to do with a distorted body image. Two conditions stand out. When struggling with bulimia vs anorexia, where do you find help? Bulimia vs Anorexia: Differences and Similarities Eating disorders are a form of mental illness. They affect a sizeable segment of the population. Even so, …

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Tips for Supporting a Loved One With an Eating Disorder During the Holidays

For those with food-related challenges or an eating disorder, the holidays are full of events that can trigger addictive thoughts and behaviors. Triggers can be anxiety-provoking and stressful, setting a negative tone for the entire holiday season. Depending on which type of eating disorder your loved one has, giving in to temptations — or even just …

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Anorexia: Are you Literally Dying to Feel in Control or Accepted?

What psychology is at play in the eating disorder anorexia nervosa? A new movie called “To the Bone” starring Lily Collins seems to support the theory, somewhat tangentially, that anorexia involves a psychology of wanting to feel in control and accepted. As the anorexic starves herself, she overcomes temptation and achieves rigid control over her …

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Just Eat: Questioning the Concept of ‘Choice’ in Eating Disorders

By Elizabeth Langreck, MS, RDN, Director of Nutrition at Promises Scottsdale Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are life-altering, life-threatening psychological illnesses characterized by extreme eating habits and an obsession with body weight or shape. Eating disorders do not discriminate. Men and women of all ages, races, religions, sizes, education levels and socioeconomic …

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