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Puberty and Eating Disorders- The Perfect Storm

Puberty sucks. Let’s just get that out of the way. Your body is changing, sprouting breasts and zits at the most inopportune of times. The angst of being more or less “developed” than your friends (hello, locker room comparisons!) is difficult. Then there are the psychosocial changes. Your peer relations grow much more complicated, you […]

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Caught in the Workplace Wellness Crossfire: My post for WSAW

Today I blogged about my experience with employee wellness programs and weight stigma for Weight Stigma Awareness Week. I’m re-posting it here. Read the original. Returning to work after a six week hiatus is generally awkward. When the hiatus is due to a life-threatening eating disorder and a suicide attempt, it’s even more awkward. But […]

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The treatment variables that affect long-term recovery

The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate ED symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces ED symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an ED […]

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At the intersection of obesity and EDs: Body weight, risk factors, and diagnosis

A study has been making the rounds and the headlines today with items like this: Eating Disorders Often Go Undiagnosed in Patients Who Have a History of Obesity Could Obese Teens be at a Higher Risk for Anorexia, Bulimia? Overweight But Anorexic Teens Are Often Overlooked By Doctors (STUDY) Pretty significant stuff. And, based on […]

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Pluck my life: Hair pulling in eating disorders

I’ve used this blog to confess to all sorts of bizarre behaviors related to my eating disorder, from laxatives to suicide attempts. Lest anyone reading this blog still be under the illusion that an ED is glamorous, let me remind you that it’s not. At all. But I haven’t really discussed one of the things […]

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Baby makes four: When mothers have eating disorders

According to most mainstream media articles and more than a century of psychological research, eating disorders are the near-exclusive purview of young teenage girls. But what happens when that girl grows up? We know now that eating disorders can follow sufferers through college, young adulthood, and into partnerships, marriage, and pregnancy. As much as we […]

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How am I feeling? Alexithymia and eating disorders

My treatment team always used to get so mad at me because I’d always answer the question “How are you doing?” with “I’m fine.” No, no, they said, tell me how you’re really feeling. Although I had times where I did know what I was feeling and either didn’t feel like sharing or didn’t feel I could […]

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Getting off the scale: Non-weight severity markers in anorexia

One of the most common catchphrases in the eating disorder community is, “It’s Not About the Weight!” Although I’d love nothing more than to change this to “It’s About More Than Just Weight!,” the fact is that, in most cases, treatment for an eating disorder depends mostly on weight. If your BMI doesn’t fall below […]

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Why I suck at intuitive eating

As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t always get along with hunger and fullness cues. There are any number of reasons for it, not the least of which is having a chronic eating disorder. But it might not be the only reason. Welcome to the strange world of impaired interoception. For those who […]

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The other side of hunger cues: fullness cues

So my treatment team talks a lot about hunger cues and when the return and what they mean. I’m not saying I never had trouble with hunger cues because I did. But hunger cues aren’t the only game in town. Fullness cues are the flip side of hunger cues, and the generally receive the short […]

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