Gut feelings: EDs and the microbiome

Consider this thought experiment: Drop a person in a blender (since it’s all hypothetical, go ahead and make it someone you don’t like. Feel better? I bet you do!). Then, count all the total number of cells that are produced. Only one in ten of these cells will be human. The other 90%? Those are […]

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Treating co-occurring EDs and OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most frequently diagnosed psychiatric disorders in people with eating disorders. It is known to make eating disorders more severe and harder to treat, leading to a longer time until remission is achieved. Recently, more and more researchers are beginning to recognize the significance of the overlap between EDs […]

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Recovery A-Z

My friend Kathleen MacDonald shared this on Facebook earlier today, and she graciously gave me permission to share it on my blog. I hope you enjoy. ‎”So how did you turn things around?” is one of the most common questions I get about my recovery-process. I wish there was an easy/short answer…but there isn’t. (don’t […]

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The myth of the "non-compliant" patient

I’ve engaged in several email and chat conversations with eating disorder patients recently, and one of the things that keeps coming up is that people with eating disorders are frequently labeled “non-compliant” and then kicked out of treatment. My first thought is: so where the hell are the compliant patients?!? I remember discussing medical non-compliance in […]

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On orthorexia, Part One: Is orthorexia an eating disorder?

In the past few days, I’ve seen several news articles about orthorexia. Aside from the personal agony it can cause, it also seems to be a current cultural obsession. Search for recipes on Pinterest, and it immediately suggests several ways to filter your search: Paleo, gluten free, clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Many of the […]

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Strength and recovery: The downside of motivational messages

It’s no secret that I’m on Twitter a lot. I use it both professionally and personally. It’s almost my second home. This afternoon, I ran across this tweet:   Having an eating disorder doesn’t show “strength.” Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long. — Demi […]

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Eating disorders in young children–how bad is it?

It’s hard to escape the media coverage of eating disorders in young children. The stories are usually framed around the growing numbers of young children (generally meaning pre-pubescent, typically 10 or 11 and under) that are presenting for treatment. The articles generally consist of a breathless assessment of how bad the situation is, with no […]

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Q&A with Jean Forney- Answering Important Questions about Purging Disorder

Researchers are beginning to study the full spectrum of eating disordered behavior, which extends far beyond the more common diagnoses of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. One of these potential disorders is purging disorder. PhD candidate Jean Forney wants to study purging disorder as part of her dissertation, but she needs your help to […]

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No escaping the eating: improving quality of life in anorexia

Last year, I wrote about a new study that looked at how to get people with long-term anorexia (aka, severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, SE-AN) to stay in treatment. It’s been a thorny problem in the field of eating disorders, because treatment drop-out is a big problem, both in research and in clinical practice. Whether […]

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Lucky comes later- on surviving suicide

This is not the post I intended to write. I had a separate post planned, something wonderfully nerdy and interesting and ED-related, but then I logged onto Facebook and Twitter tonight and was floored with the news that Robin Williams had committed suicide. It immediately brought me back to when I attempted suicide, not long […]

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A prevention picture is (not) worth 1000 words

As a knitter and crocheter and generally crafty-ish person, I love Pinterest. Since many of my friends are associated with the ED community, I also get plenty of ED-related stuff in my Pinterest feed. Some of the inspirational stuff I like, some of it just kind of goes in one ear and out the other. […]

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Misguided attempts at prevention for parents

One of the semi-implicit goals of ED Awareness Week is preventing eating disorders. Some of this information is geared towards sufferers themselves, with tell-all stories of how awful eating disorders are so people will know better than to go down that road (I don’t think this works, sorry). Other information is geared towards parents. Sometimes, […]

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Who’s ED Awareness Week for, anyway?

I got this email from one of my readers yesterday, and I thought Bob J. brought up so many valid points in this email. He gave me permission to share it here: One thing I wonder about is who “ED Awareness Week” is really for.  Is it for the public, is it to rouse the […]

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Welcome to your Barbie-free ED Awareness Week Zone

I’m guessing most of you have realized that it is, once again, Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Although I think the idea is great, I kind of dread this week. Most of the stuff written about eating disorders makes me cringe, and now I have this massive, week-long onslaught of misinformation that makes me want to […]

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