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What Families Can Do When a Loved One Has an Eating Disorder

What Families Can Do When a Loved One Has an Eating DisorderFind Out What Families Can Do When a Loved One Has an Eating Disorder

The longer your child’s eating disorder goes undiagnosed or untreated, the longer they will suffer from it, and the more damaging it will ultimately be to their health. According to Harvard University Medical School’s HelpGuide website, aside from being supportive, the best thing any parent can do for a teen or adolescent with an eating disorder, is to encourage them to begin treatment, right away. If they are familiar with the symptoms for eating disorders, a family healthcare provider may be able to diagnose your loved one and test them for any serious medical issues that might need to be addressed immediately. There may also be co-existing conditions that require treatment, such as depression, substance abuse, or an anxiety disorder. Seeking help can be intimidating, but it’s important to remember that eating disorders are treatable. Here is some advice for parents that are taking the first steps.

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New Brain Science Promises Breakthroughs in Eating Disorder Treatment

New Brain Science Promises Breakthroughs in Eating Disorder TreatmentNew Brain Science Promises Breakthroughs in Eating Disorder Treatment

Due to some exciting new advances in brain research, scientists now believe they may have discovered neurological reasons why people with anorexia or bulimia are able to override the desire for food. “Eating disorders seem very behavioral. Sometimes it even seems oppositional when a child refuses to eat,” says Christina Wierenga, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at University of California San Diego. “Showing there are brain circuits that are not functioning effectively gives parents some pause, and helps them understand their child’s illness.” According to a recent report published by the American Psychological Association, independent studies point to roles that portions of the brain and neural circuits play in mental health disorders. For the millions that struggle with anorexia and bulimia, these efforts could signal major breakthroughs in understanding eating disorders.

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Self-Acceptance in Raising a Body Positive Daughter

Self-Acceptance in Raising a Body Positive DaughterSelf-Acceptance in Raising a Body Positive Daughter

In a recent article in Parents Magazine, Wayne Fleisig, PhD, says, “Kids don’t automatically pick up how to tie their shoes or brush their teeth; we have to teach them. The same is true for the values we want them to learn, such as the importance of healthful eating habits or why it’s wrong to be cruel to others about their weight.” Dr. Fleisig, a clinical psychologist at Children’s of Alabama, a pediatric health system in Birmingham, says, “With the difficult things, you can teach them in little pieces, on an ongoing basis.” Rebecca Puhl, PhD, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, adds, “People truly do come in different sizes, and some heavy people may be fit, just as some thin people may not be fit.” Puhl told Parents Magazine that it’s important we tell our kids that some of us are naturally rounder or heavier than others, and that’s okay. Experts say this is a concept we must pass along to adolescents and teens if we want them to have healthy attitudes about food and their bodies.

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Eating Disorder Challenges to Happier Holidays

Eating Disorder Challenges to Happier HolidaysEating Disorder Challenges: 12 Steps to Happier Holidays

The Christmas season is typically portrayed as a time when we all feel joyful and take delight in gathering with close friends and family members. But people recovering from anorexia, binge eating disorder, or bulimia may discover that the emotional challenges of the season, and the exposure to extra food, can trigger their disorders. Dr. Martha Levine, director of eating disorder programs at Penn State Hershey, told that people with eating disorders face a double-edged sword. “People make all this food and say, ‘Eat, eat!’ but then they also make comments about weight and appearances,” she says. “If you really listen to how much we talk about food, you see it can be a challenging time.”

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How Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating Disorder?

How Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating DisorderHow Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating Disorder?

Chances are, if you typed anything similar to the above title into a Google search, you know. You already know something is going haywire, and that you are losing control over your life. Do you have an eating disorder? If thoughts about food, your weight, your exercise routine, or your body’s shape or size rule your life, then, yes, you may have an eating disorder. Is the situation getting worse?

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How Are Eating Disorders Treated?

How Are Eating Disorders TreatedSteps to Recovery: How Are Eating Disorders Treated?

If you have an eating disorder, seeking treatment can seem overwhelming. But the more informed you are about treatment methods, how they compare, and what they involve, the more effective your choice will be. When you are exploring options with an eating disorder treatment center, it’s important to understand that your treatment experience will ultimately be determined by your diagnosis, the kind of eating disorder that you have, and the severity of your symptoms.

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Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles Gyms

Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles GymsBigorexia: Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles Gyms

Some call ‘Bigorexia,’ or Muscle Dysmorphia, the ‘Reverse Anorexia,’ and the disorder is growing in Los Angeles. As Dr. Jamie Feusner, an associate professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, explained to ABC News, “People with anorexia, most of them believe they are too fat and too large. Most of them want to be thinner. Whereas people with muscle dysmorphia, most of them believe they are too small, and not muscular enough, and they want to become bigger.” Alfonso Moretti, a personal trainer based in Beverly Hills, adds, “It takes over your life, so every decision you make becomes about the workout and how your body looks. I used to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning to drink protein shakes. I never missed a workout, ever, ever, ever.”

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How Males Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder

How Males Struggle With Binge Eating DisorderA Secret Shame: How Males Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder

After he ate 70 chicken wings in an hour, Andrew Walen finally realized something had gone very wrong with his eating habits. In a New York Times article, Walen admits, “Ultimately, it was about numbing out and self-loathing. There was this voice in my head that said, ‘You’re no good, worthless,’ and I turned to food.” Walen is not alone. Late night binges are common for people who suffer from BED, or Binge Eating Disorder, and this disorder affects almost as many males as females. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, research shows that 40% of the people that struggle with binge eating disorder in the U.S. are males. But these numbers may actually be much higher.

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A Roadmap To Healing: 10 Rules For Recovery

A Roadmap To Healing 10 Rules For RecoveryIt Helps to Have a Plan: A Roadmap To Healing 10 Rules For Recovery

When you have an eating disorder, you may feel that you’ll never experience happiness unless you lose weight. That your value will always be based on the way you look. The reality is that true happiness and feelings of self-worth come from loving and accepting yourself just as you are. Only recovery can make this possible. With an effective treatment program, love, support, and sound coping strategies, you can defeat your eating disorder, gain freedom and lasting self-confidence. But the path to healing and recovery can often seem like a trip to a difficult destination. Here are some guidelines to help you navigate this journey and avoid some of the obstacles in your way.

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Ronda Rousey’s Bold Battle With Body Image Issues in Los Angeles

body image issues In Los AngelesMMA Fighter Takes on Body Image Issues in Los Angeles, Hoping for Another Knockout

As an undefeated UFC champion and an Olympic medalist in judo, Ronda Rousey has established herself as one of the world’s strongest female athletes. Her popularity is responsible for the inclusion of women in Mixed Martial Arts.

Before Rousey, the UFC didn’t have a woman’s division. Recently, she has also taken on Hollywood with roles in major films. But she wasn’t always the bold confident person she seems to be now. As young girl, she wrestled with body image issues, body shaming, and an eating disorder. “When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine,” Rousey explains. “People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: these people are idiots. I’m fabulous.”

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