Labeling Yourself With "Binge Eating Disorder", "Compulsive Overeating Disorder" or "Food Addiction"

Nearly every self-help book or article I’ve read on binge eating disorder or food addiction has a section to help the reader decide if he or she really has binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating disorder or is a “food addict”.

Often there’s a checklist with questions like, “Do you eat more than you intended more than 3 times per week?” Or “Do you hide how much you eat?”

These books or articles are often written by someone that has no personal experience with binge eating, or by people who believe in addictive disease. By asking questions like this, in their opinion, they’re setting you up to conclude you have a problem.

In my own opinion, I prefer to take an opposite angle: if you aren’t sure you have a problem with eating, you probably don’t. If you do have a problem or struggle with it, you’re aware of it.

I am not going to post information or spend time in my books or program

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How Eating Disorders Are Reaching Your Teens

Since the 1990’s, pro-anorexia websites have been springing up left and right, sometimes encouraging people to become anorexic and sometimes helping them stay anorexic. About 10 years ago both Yahoo and MSN attempted to shut down these sites, making them unsearchable, but yet they have continued to infiltrate the web.

There are dozens of reasons why this is problematic. For instance, a study by Dina Borzekowski found that about 16% of 160 pro-eating disorder sites included some type of “creed” that entailed a list of rules or “commandments” that encouraged negative behaviors associated with different eating disorders. Not only are these found on “pro-ana”, pages used by those who are already anorexic, and “pro-anorexia” pages, pages that want to convert people to anorexia, but also on personal blogs.

Perhaps the largest issue with these websites is their availability to teenagers. Highly impressionable, teens are co

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Eating Disorders – How to Stop Binge Eating at Night

Obesity is a complex epidemic

Weight gain and obesity have been described as a complex epidemiological problem in the United States. Previous research has found a link between poor diets, gaining weight, high body fat, and late-day eating as a factor in gaining weight; however, the effect of each person’s biological clock, regardless of the time of eating during the day, has not yet been discovered.

Relationship between weight and timing of eating

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) on September 6, 2017, researchers at BWH studied the relationship between body fat, body mass index and timing of eating for the day and the body’s biological clock. This is the first time to examine the timing of meals and its relationship to the beginning of the secretion of melatonin, which is the beginning of sleep.

“We found that the timing of eating and its relationship

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Actresses With Eating Disorders – How to Survive in Hollywood

I have first hand experience with this not-so-rare phenomenon. It is difficult enough to want to look good to others and feel good about yourself and feel appealing enough to attract a partner, but throw in the scrutiny of the camera and the five to ten pounds it adds to your frame and it is a sure path to disaster if you have an eating disorder.

I started binging and purging when I was in high school. It was not only a way to deal with my “baby fat,” it was a coping mechanism. I thought I had it all under control. Six months later I was still doing it. Six years later, I realized I really had a problem. Twelve years later I finally found help. Today, I am bulimia free.

There is no one-way to become free of an eating disorder, each person has his or her own path. I never thought I would see the end of my very dark tunnel of hell that was my eating disorder. I want to let others know that there is hope. If I can do it, you can too.

I found a therapist

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Preventing Eating Disorders in Gymnasts

Prevention is the best way to halt disordered eating in its tracks, and the first item on the agenda is education. Athletes, parents, coaches, sports administrators, training staff and doctors need to be extensively informed about the risks and warning signs of disordered eating. The warning signs of an eating disorder are:

1.) An obsession with food, calories and weight.

2.) Constant vocal concern that one is fat, despite an average or below average body weight.

3.) Continuous and increased criticism of one’s body.

4.) Secretly obtaining and consuming food.

5.) Feasting on huge amounts of food and then leaving to go to the bathroom.

6.) Eating large quantities of food contradictory with one’s weight.

7.) Bloodshot eyes, particularly after exiting the bathroom.

8.) Enlarged parotid glands located at the angle of the jaw, giving the appearance of a chipmunk.

9.) Throwing up, or the smell of vomit in the bathro

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Eating Disorders: Why Do I Recommend Considering the Maudsley Approach for Anorexic Adolescents?

The Maudsley Approach for treating adolescent anorexics is getting more attention now in the United States. Many have strong opinions about it and not all of it positive. I went through my own “growing pains” before I fully embraced Maudsley and I’ll talk a bit about that here.

Any time something unknown begins making traction in any given field, eye brows are raised and the gloves can come off for an all out fight. There are those who want to hang onto what they know at any cost; some who have an open mind to considering new approaches; and a few who are willing to dive in and do the research.

I was somewhere in the middle category when I started learning about Maudsley. The nutritionist who helped me with all my ED girls heard about it and suggested I look into it. All she told me is the approach puts the feeding into the hands of the parents and it is showing promising results with adolescents.

I was all for giving parents more power. It was

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Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders and Your Drug Rehab

What is the Purpose of a Drug Rehab Program?

We all know that the purpose of a drug rehab program or alcohol rehab program is to help those suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism to achieve long term sobriety. The initial step in drug rehab or alcohol rehab is to check into their alcohol detox or drug detox program. Afterwards, most people move into the addiction treatment level of drug rehab. After many years of research into drug rehab programs and alcohol rehab programs we have found that well over half of the patients admitted to drug rehab and alcohol rehab have a dual diagnosis.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

In basic terms, a dual diagnosis is the co-existence of a drug addiction or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder. As such, drug rehab programs and alcohol rehab programs had to adjust their addiction treatment services to treat both disorders simultaneously. But what about the person with a

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Are Celebrities Using Social Media to Promote Eating Disorders in Teenage Girls?

It’s that time of year again. January 2015; New Year, new me and “celebrities” seem determined to make their money from diet supplements and ‘belly-blasting DVDs’ but are they fuelling eating disorders in adolescents?

As social media allows fans to become ever closer to their idols the presence of media and body image is almost impossible to escape. The new idols of teenagers are the stars of reality shows such as Geordie Shore and Made in Chelsea and the use of social media allows young girls (and boys) to follow all aspects of their life; from their wardrobe to their eating habits. A constant daily reminder on social media that another TOWIE star has dropped 2 dress sizes and is happier than ever through a new dieting technique, or pictures of what diet supplements “Vicky Pattison” is replacing her meal with. By observing the profiles of these girls that are ‘retweeting’ celebrities’ diet secrets or thanking these

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3 Common Types of Eating Disorders And Their Possible Causes

People who are overly concerned about their weight and body appearance may develop eating disorders. If you are severely distressed about your physical appearance, you might resort to irregular eating habits that wreak havoc on your health. There are several types of eating disorders that may have symptoms of insufficient or excessive eating. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge eating are some of the most common types of eating disorders. Both males and females can become victims of these conditions. Teenagers or early adults are more susceptible to developing irregular eating habits.

Eating disorders have been classified as medical illnesses that need medical treatments as well. Treatment measures for these disorders can be highly effectual. If you or anybody you know is suffering from any of these conditions, you must seek professional medical help immediately. If not addressed promptly, the consequences can be detrimental. Eating disorders typically co-exist with o

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Are Veganism and Vegetarianism Symptomatic of Eating Disorders?

Over the last year, a large number of clients have told that medical professionals advise them that that their lifestyles and eating choices are tantamount to mental illness and should be categorised as eating disorders. Their choice to not eat any animal products or limit their consumption to non-flesh based content is viewed as extreme and a response to disturbances in their psychological wellbeing. As a psychologist, I wish to address these concerns both to the clients and medical professionals.

Firstly, it is important to understand what vegetarianism and veganism is. Vegetarianism is the practice of not eating flesh-based products of animals i.e. Meat, fish or chicken, although some people still call themselves vegetarian but eat fish. Choices are often made on the basis of beliefs about health or cruelty in farming practices or meat production. The former belief is based on the understanding that a person is healthier if they do not eat meat, fish or chicken althou

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