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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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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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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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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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Not just small adults: eating disorders in young children

More and more researchers and clinicians are becoming aware of the presence of eating disorders in young children (defined here and in most of the research literature as ED onset at less than 13 years). I have known five-year-olds with full-blown anorexia nervosa. Whether this awareness is due to people developing EDs at an earlier […]

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