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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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In memorium: Charlotte Bevan

Life isn’t fair. This is not news to anyone here. Some of the most amazing people I know have had to overcome tremendous obstacles. The motivational speakers in this world will say that those obstacles made them who they are. Perhaps so, but it would also really be nice if life didn’t suck so much […]

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In praise of the difficult patients

When I was being treated for my eating disorder, I was a pain in the ass. I say this not with shame and loathing or as a badge of pride. I was a pain; that’s pretty much a fact. I lied, I cheated, I stayed silent when I should have talked and talked when I […]

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A tale of two anorexia genetics studies

Over the past month, there have been two major, news-grabbing studies on the genetics of anorexia. Both of these studies carried headlines saying something like “Anorexia genes found!” There are several problems with this: There are no such thing as “anorexia genes” These two studies were VERY different and found VERY different things. Given that the […]

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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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