By learning to eat mindfully, even when binging, you can retake conscious control over an automatic behavior.
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The first thing you have to do is get your child assessed and if necessary, into treatment. But after that - what's your role then? Read on to learn 9 ways to effectively support a teen who is already receiving professional care, but who still needs a ton of support from the rest of the family.
Struggling with binge eating disorder and ready to get help but not sure where to turn or how to start? Here are 6 guidelines to getting the help you need, when you need it.
Take this quick self test based on the APA’s diagnostic criteria to see if you might have an eating disorder that needs treating.
Are you struggling with bulimia? Read on to learn what treatments you need and what you don’t in this 10 step guide to overcoming this damaging eating disorder
Are you a healthy exerciser or do family and friends express concern at how often, how long and how hard you train? Is exercise fun for you, or is it something you NEED to do so you don’t feel guilty, anxious and depressed? Learn more about the warning signs of compulsive exercise and learn better and more joyful ways to weave fitness and health into your lifestyle.
What starts out as a desire to eat healthily can sometimes turn into something more nefarious and good intentions sometimes have unintended negative consequences. Orthorexia is a pop culture term to describe a fixation with healthy eating. People with Orthorexia will avoid certain types of food or even food groups entirely and in extreme cases become quite limited in what they can consume; and the consequences of Orthorexia can include malnutrition, social isolation and feelings of guilt and self loathing. Learn more about the condition and about what treatments are used to correct this unhealthy obsession with good health.
Pro Ana websites support anorexia as a lifestyle choice and celebrate extreme thinness as beautiful. People using these sites gain support for their unhealthy eating behaviors; and from within a community of like minded people, dangerous behaviors become normalized. Research shows that the use of pro-ana sites can worsen the severity of an eating disorder.
Obese kids should be encouraged to lose weight for greater physical and often mental health. Learn how to encourage weight loss, without increasing the risk of an eating disorder.
Diets just don't work. 95% of dieters regain any weight lost within 1-5 years, and since futile dieting can harm your health as well as increase your risks for an eating disorder - say no to diets!
Teach your kids to love their bodies - start by loving your own! Learn why what parents do matters a whole more than what we say, and put into practice easy strategies to keep your kids safe from eating disorders.
People with BDD are fixated on a certain part of their face, or body - believe it to be very ugly and noticeable, and worry about it enough to influence quality to of life. In extreme cases, BDD can cause social isolation or even suicide. Understand BDD, and learn how treatment can help.
Although some find solutions to eating disorder challenges through outpatient therapies or group support, others never seem able to break free without more intensive therapy on a residential basis. Learn 7 real advantages of an inpatient stay, and why a residential facility can offer more.
The differences in price, treatment intensity and therapies between the three different types of residential facilities for eating disorder treatment.
Take the following 5 question test to find out if you have an eating disorder.
Almost 1 million American men suffer an eating disorder.
Compulsive eaters tend to be obese, and most people will suggest that the solution to their problems lies through a better diet. Diets don't work well though when food is used as a coping tool.
Ipecac kills. Now rarely recommended for use even after accidental poisoning, regular abuse of the emetic syrup is exceedingly dangerous - 10% of bulimics have used it to purge, and some use it with regularity.
More people suffer binge eating than any other form of eating disorder - by far. Binge eating is also chronically under-diagnosed.
Bulimics binge eat and purge, as a means of weight management and also as emotional control. Learn what signs indicate tough-to-spot bulimia.
Anorexia nervosa, the deadliest mental-health disorder, is a fixation on weight control - literally a form of self starvation. Learn the signs, symptoms and risks of the disease.
Tragically, a habitual cycle of binging and purging with laxatives can lead to serious organ damage, and a risk of death. It also won't cause real weight loss.
Learn what treatment approaches work for people with eating disorders.