Facing Summer Break With An Eating Disorder

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Anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia knows how challenging the summer months can be. Without school responsibilities to occupy time, and an increased emphasis on body image, summer break can be one of the toughest times of the year. This is why it’s not surprising that many eating disorder […]

What You Should Know About Anorexia in Men

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Anorexia nervosa is a very serious, life threatening condition in which an individual refuses to maintain their body weight. They may eat minimally or not at all, or exercise to the point of exhaustion, out of a deep dissatisfaction with their body shape. The condition affects women more often than men, but a misunderstanding of […]

Growing Up With An Anorexic Parent

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The relationship between a mother and child is a powerful one, so it comes as no surprise that in examining the roots of an eating disorder during treatment this significant bond is closely examined. Anorexia and other eating disorders have social, genetic, and psychological factors that must be taken into consideration during treatment. The relationship […]

Self Acceptance And Eating Disorder Recovery

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In eating disorder recovery, making a decision to begin accepting yourself is a brave act that can bring about big changes, and that can also be quite scary. The process can be especially daunting for a person who suffers from low self esteem. Oftentimes they have created unrealistic goals of perfection that are impossible to […]

What Parents Should Know About Anorexia

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Finding out that a child or other loved one is suffering from an eating disorder is never easy. You may experience a range of emotions, from sadness to anger to guilt and many others. What you need to remember is that you are not alone and that there are many resources out there for parents […]

Social Isolation And Eating Disorders

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One of the biggest threats to someone’s eating disorder recovery is surprisingly social isolation. It’s unfortunate because many people recovering from anorexia or bulimia tend to put support, community, and connection to others on the backburner as they progress in recovery in other ways. Because eating disorder behavior occurs in secrecy and isolation, disconnecting oneself […]

How Anxiety Plays A Role In An Eating Disorder

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What is anxiety? Anxiety can describe several disorders that include symptoms of nervousness, a general sense of apprehension, intense fear, and excessive worry. Not all anxiety is bad however. Anxiety is a natural part of being human and it serves an important purpose and is a perfectly normal response to most of life’s stresses. Anxiety […]

Repressing Emotions And Anorexia

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Most of us can honestly say that we spend a lot of time and energy repressing emotions, or otherwise finding ways to avoid facing them. This is especially true when it comes to experiencing unpleasant emotions, such as sadness, loneliness, grief, anger, or anxiety. Avoiding those feelings by simply refusing to acknowledge their existence may […]

Letting Go Of Control Issues And Anorexia

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Eating disorder experts have been investigating possible connections between perfectionism, control, and anorexia for years and have finally confirmed their suspicions that the disorder is linked with those traits. A recent international study conducted on over 300 women in both the U.S. and Europe found that there was a correlation between the severity of their […]

Binge Eating In Addiction Recovery

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Binge eating and compulsive overeating are both types of eating disorders that involve an obsession with food, and uncontrollable impulses to overeat. It’s very common for individuals suffering from these disorders to also have mental issues such as depression, low self esteem, or anxiety. Substance abuse problems are also very common among binge eaters. Taking […]