Knowing the potential causes and risk factors provides important insight into how to prevent and treat eating disorders. It’s been said that the earlier you seek treatment for an eating disorder, the better the chance at full recovery. Read more in Psych Central.
Disordered eating exists on a spectrum. If you frequently attempt to ignore your body’s normal hunger and fullness cues, you may be engaging in disordered eating behaviors, which raise your risk for an eating disorder. Read more in Everyday Health.
Binge eating disorder is highly treatable with the right support systems. Looking for tips to cope with binge eating is courageous and admirable. Learning about what has worked for others and in clinical settings can help you decide what’s right for you. Read more in Psych Central.
Stereotypes about anorexia abound, making it difficult to know what’s true or false about the condition. As a result, you may not see early warning signs in yourself or those you care about. Knowing the truth about anorexia can save lives.
"It is critical to pursue early intervention strategies, such as education and screening, to prevent chronic malnutrition, long-term health complications, and death,” said Philip Mehler, MD, founder and executive medical director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and Severe Malnutrition in Denver. Read more in Everyday Health.
Anorexia nervosa can occur across genders, ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. This eating disorder increases a young person’s risk of dying by tenfold, and it has one of the highest mortality rates among mental disorders and a high relapse rate. Read more in Verywell.
People with this eating disorder become obsessed with nutrition and food preparation. This may lead them to eliminate entire food groups and constantly consider the food with the highest nutritional value and healthiest cooking methods. Read more in Verywell.
Purging disorder is an eating disorder characterized by the compulsion to purge in order to induce weight loss or alter body shape. It has additional features that differentiate it from bulimia and other eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN). Read more in Verywell.
It’s a night of fun and indulgence for many, but Halloween can be a nightmare for those living with an eating disorder. Fortunately, experts say, it doesn’t have to be this way.
"Even though the challenges can differ for each person, there are tried-and-true strategies that can keep your eating disorder fears in check before, during, and after this holiday," said Lara Effland, a licensed independent clinical social worker and clinical lead at the Eating Recovery Center, who is based in Washington state. Read more in Everyday Health.
The holiday season can be tough if you have or are recovering from an eating disorder. The good news: You don’t have to white-knuckle your way through until the new year. Here are 7 tips to help you survive and thrive. Read more in Everyday Health.