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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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The Biggest Loser and a Bigger Hypocrisy

I’m not a fan of The Biggest Loser, nor have I seen more than brief clips of episodes. I generally try not to be Judgey McJudgeypants about things, but I really don’t need to watch the show to know it’s not something I would a) enjoy and b) think is good for people to watch […]

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The sky is (not) falling: Setting the record straight on the so-called eating disorder epidemic

Eating disorders can be a popular topic in the media, especially when they have to do with celebrities. They are usually filled with gasp-inducing statistics, a stock photo of an empty dinner plate, a bathroom scale, a tape measure, and/or a thin young woman in her underwear, possibly with scale or tape measure. It’s not […]

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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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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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Just say no to the “Just say no” campaign

As a child of the 80s, I remember the “Just Say No” drug campaigns well. I remember being a freshly minted 9-year-old, helping a friend campaign on the elementary school playground to bring DARE (aka, Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to our school. I thought I was doing the right thing, being an upstanding citizen, and […]

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When dieting gets dangerous

Let me introduce you to two hypothetical teens: Teen A and Teen B. Both teens go on diets. It could mean they want to lose a few pounds, it could be they are trying to “eat healthy” or be better at their sport. Regardless of why, they start cutting back on the amount and variety […]

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Why I don’t love my body and I don’t really care

Loving your body is seen as the Holy Grail of eating disorder recovery. It’s taught and preached from every street corner in the ED world. Loving your body and your appearance is seen as both the key to preventing EDs and recovering from them. I’m going to let you in on a secret: I’m in […]

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Picking apart picky eating, Part 2: Picky Eating in Adults

Unlike picky eating in children, the literature on picky eating in adults is much more sparse. As in, I found one paper on adult picky eating. Part of the problem is that adult picky eating has been an invisible disorder. Just as people assumed that eating disorders were strictly a “teen” thing, researchers thought that […]

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This image could be harmful to your health

You can’t avoid the magazines. You can try, but the images are everywhere: the grocery store check-out aisle, the book store, the corner newsstand. And almost every single one–especially those magazines that are household names or otherwise extremely popular–has a digitally altered celebrity or model on the front. I don’t have an objection to mild […]

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