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Healthy Body Image: Bigger Than Model Thin

Research shows that women — especially those on a diet — in the United States determine their ideal body size and shape from the way models in television ads and fashion magazines look, not from the way [more…]

Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Bingeing

Eating disorders — particularly anorexia nervosa — can be deadly. The following lists explain the many medical consequences of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. [more…]

Lithium Deficiency May Lead to Mood Disorders

Scientists are uncertain whether this mineral is a required nutrient, but a lithium deficiency can lead to mood disorders. Most people take in about 2 mg daily from their diets, although no specific requirement [more…]

Understanding the Origins of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

Contrary to popular belief, eating disorders aren’t just about being fat or thin, about dieting or weight. Instead, eating disorders are typically about self-esteem, depression, power, communication, or [more…]

Find Ways — Other Than Eating — to Cope with Emotions

Keeping a food journal calls for recording what and when you eat and how you're feeling when you eat. Look back at your journal now and then: How many times did you record words that signal stress, sadness [more…]

Treating Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Bingeing

Treatment works for at least 60 percent of people with eating disorders. They can return to and maintain healthy weights and eat normally. They can develop healthy relationships with people, raise families [more…]

How to Change Your Perception of Your Body

About 95 percent of females and 30 percent of males have issues about the way their bodies look. You may never look like a supermodel, but that’s okay — virtually no one will. However, everybody can be [more…]

Multiple Factors Contribute to Development of Eating Disorders

Dieting is one possible reason for eating disorders, some people argue, because the disorders share dieting as a common thread. They think that if dieting didn’t exist, there would be far fewer eating [more…]

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

A person may have anorexia nervosa when she diets to the point of weighing only 85 percent of her normal, healthy weight (or a BMI of 17.5), fears gaining weight, is preoccupied with food, develops abnormal [more…]

Eating to Satisfy Emotional Needs

From the time your mother handed you a cookie to quiet your crying, food may have become more than a way to provide nutrition. It’s a way to nourish your soul as well. Dieting to lose weight can bring [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or obsessive exercise, in [more…]

Anorexia and Bulimia: Life-Threatening Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are psychological illnesses that lead you to eat too much or too little. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses that requires immediate medical attention [more…]

Who Is Likely to Develop an Eating Disorder?

The one thing that all those who suffer from eating disorders have in common is a history of dieting. Generally speaking, bright, energetic, attractive, conscientious, hard-working people of all races [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorders?

Binge eating disorder can happen at any age, but it’s often not recognized until adulthood. It’s similar to bulimia nervosa, but without purging activities. Victims of binge eating disorder eat large amounts [more…]

Helping Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder

If someone you know has an eating disorder, you can help. The problem is that the person who has the eating disorder may deny having a problem. That denial may leave you, the supporter, feeling powerless [more…]

Where to Find Help for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders require professional treatment. Do some background research on treatment, referral centers, and support groups in your area (check with your local school system, university, medical center [more…]

IBS Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Decrease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by cooking and eating the right foods. Living with IBS-C or -D can be a challenge, but you’re not resigned to accepting flare-ups. You can treat and [more…]

10 Eating-Healthy Tips for Binge Eaters

Healthy eating is a key step toward overcoming binge eating disorder, or BED. Following healthy eating tips can help you look at food and eating as healthy and pleasurable without the negative feelings [more…]

Facing the Health Risks of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

If you suffer from binge eating disorder, if you compulsively overeat, or if you eat as a reaction to emotional turmoil, your eating habits can lead to short- and long-term health risks. [more…]

How to Help Someone with Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Loving someone who has binge eating disorder, or BED, can be challenging. You want to be supportive, but being overly involved is counterproductive. These tips can help you find ways to be engaged without [more…]

10 Things to Do Instead of Bingeing

In order to interrupt any addiction, and to overcome binge eating disorder (BED) in particular, you have to find ways to get through periods of temptation and find alternatives to the unhealthy behavior [more…]

Overcoming Binge Eating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re facing up to binge eating disorder (BED) or any disordered eating, adopting healthy eating habits and finding ways to outlast those urges to binge. Knowing the health risks you face may help [more…]

8 Helpful Websites for Recovering Binge Eaters

Finding information about and support for overcoming binge eating disorder (BED) is as close as the Internet. Many helpful and worthy websites offer resources for those dealing with disordered eating. [more…]

13 Ways You Can Help a Binge Eater

If you're the friend or loved one of a binge eater, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Like any eating disorder, the right kind of support can be critical as someone begins the journey to overcome [more…]

10 Myths about Binge Eating Disorder

Many myths persist about the circumstances and factors that contribute to binge eating and what it means to be a binge eater (or an emotional eater). Only time, continued research, and greater acceptance [more…]

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