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Eating Disorder Relapse Warning Signs

Eating Disorder Relapse Warning Signs
How to Spot Eating Disorder Relapse Warning Signs

There is no clear-cut route for eating disorder recovery. The path of recovery for some people who have eating disorders is marked by a series of “good days” and “bad days.” Although there may not be a set path for recovery, there are warning signs that may indicate an eating disorder relapse. There are also situations and events that can be recognized as triggering for those in eating disorder recovery.

The National Eating Disorder Association lists the following signs that may indicate an eating disorder relapse: “You look in the mirror frequently and weigh yourself often. You skip meals or find ways to purify yourself after eating. You get irritable around the issue of food. You feel an overwhelming sense of guilt or shame after eating. You avoid events that involve food. You isolate yourself or engage in increasingly secretive behaviors.”

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Food and Families

Food and FamiliesFood and Families

It is clear to see how some people get their eyes, smile, or even sense of humor from their parents. However, it may be equally true but perhaps less obvious that our relationships with food are connected to our families. Often the behaviors taught and reinforced in our family system contribute to how we act and the decisions we make long after we leave our family home.

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Orthorexia may not get as much recognition as the better-known eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, however the disordered eating behavior of orthorexia deserves a closer look.

Just as excessive dieting can be the simple start of anorexia, trying to limit oneself to “good” or “pure” foods may lead to orthorexia.  According to Kratina, “Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”  Orthorexia may start out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but people who have orthorexia become fixated on food quality and purity.”

Those suffering from orthorexia may have difficulty eating food that they have not personally prepared as they may question the quality of the food. This can make socializing around meals difficult for someone with orthorexia. According to Marcason (2013), “Someone suffering from orthorexia likely doesn’t enjoy food in the same way that someone with a healthy relationship to food does. Rather, orthorexics feel virtuous when they eat the foods they consider to be good or safe, while deviating from their self-imposed extreme diet restrictions causes anxiety and self loathing.”

Like eating disorders, there are medical complications associated with orthorexia. Because many people with orthorexia will eliminate or greatly reduce certain food groups that are vital to a balanced diet, these people may not be getting adequate nutrition.

Another concern with this condition is that many individuals with orthorexia will have a great knowledge of food and nutrition but may not have factually correct knowledge of food and nutrition. Individuals should seek help from medical and nutritional specialists in order to receive the most accurate information and to better understand balanced nutrition (Marcason, 2013).

There is hope for those with orthorexia. There are trained specialists available to work with those suffering from this condition. Specialized treatment offers clients a better understanding of this condition and ways to help the individual adopt healthier outlook and relationship with food.




Kratina, K. Orthorexia Nervosa. Retrieved from: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/orthorexia-nervosa

Marcason, W. (April 2013). Orthorexia: An Obsession with Eating “Pure”. Retrieved from: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442471029

College Life: College and Eating Disorders

College and Eating DisordersCollege and Eating Disorders

For many teenagers, college serves as an opportunity for many firsts. The college experience is often the first time students live without their families and a concrete set of rules. Unfortunately, dealing with an eating disorder is among these firsts for many college students.

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Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Misconceptions About Eating DisordersDebunking Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Because eating disorders are complex and often misunderstood, there are several misconceptions about eating disorders and eating disorder behavior. These misconceptions include: people with eating disorders do not eat anything, you must be a certain size to have an eating disorder, and eating disorders cannot be fatal. A popular and incorrect notion about eating disorders is that people with eating disorders do not eat anything.

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Trends in Eating Disorders & Eating Disorder Treatment

Trends in Eating DisordersWhat Are the Latest Trends in Eating Disorders

Although eating disorders diagnosis is nothing new, new trends are developing within the eating disorder community. Two of these trends include the rise of eating disorders among men and the rise of eating disorders in younger children. According to Huffington (2013), “ A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in January 2013 found that eating disorders — once considered the domain of young, white, privileged females — are increasingly affecting males, with research indicating that 10 to 15 percent of people who suffer from anorexia or bulimia are male.”

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The Threat of “Thinspiration”

The Threat of ThinspirationWhat is The Threat of Thinspiration About

In today’s society, many people especially young girls are bombarded with messages through the media on how they should look and feel about their bodies. Because teens make up an ideal target customer base for marketers, a significant amount of the media is targeted at young women. These images can create tremendous stress on an individual and as well as influence self-esteem and body image.

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The Under-Education of Over-Exercising

undereducation overexercising
What Does the Undereducation of Overexercising Really Mean?

In our society, we are bombarded with messages about exercising and eating.
These messages come through many different outlets including television, radio,
magazines, and even through government sponsored campaigns. According to Let’s
Move.gov, Michelle Obama recently launched a campaign called “Let’s Move” to raise awareness of the importance of exercise and encourage children to exercise for an hour per day and adults to exercise for thirty minutes per day.

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