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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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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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Through a door sideways: Body size distortion in anorexia

When I was a grad student in Baltimore, I lived in a 400 square foot studio apartment. Two of the doors were normal sized (the front door and the one to the bathroom), but one that opened off from the bedroom into the back bathroom area was narrow. As in, I had to be careful when […]

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Guest Post: Caveat walker–Why ED charity has lost the plot

It’s very rare that I do guest posts here at ED Bites, but occasionally I do make an exception, and this is one of them. The post stemmed from a discussion at the ED Bites Facebook page, and after reading Holly’s eloquent thoughts and views on the subject, I asked her to explain them in […]

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The problem with “almost anorexia”

Hang on to your hats, people, because we have a new eating disorder in town. This one is called “almost anorexia.” Wait…what?!? Do we really need another pseudo-cutesy name for an eating disorder like pregorexia, drunkorexia, brideorexia, and manorexia that (in my opinion) negate the extreme suffering that accompany eating disorders? Also, in my opinion, […]

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ACT-ing to find a new anorexia therapy

Given that there are really no evidence-based treatments for adults with anorexia, researchers, clinicians, patients, and families are all eager to try and find something that will help this group of sufferers. One promising new therapy is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT (pronounced like the word “act,” as opposed to saying it like A-C-T). […]

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Defining recovery: What contributes to recovery and remission from an ED?

In the first two blog posts of this series, I’ve looked at how researchers define recovery, and how patients do so. Now, I want to look at what factors predict recovery in eating disorders. But first, a note. When I talk about things that predict a negative outcome, it’s possible that you might recognize some […]

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From the archives: I see angry people…

{{I’m busy this week and doing some traveling, so I probably won’t have as much time as I normally would to blog. As such, I’m pulling some posts out of the archives. I got a lot of positive feedback about this post, so I decided to dust it off and post it again. I hope […]

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A binge by any other name: Objective vs. Subjective binge eating

It’s a question I’ve been asked many times: what, exactly, is a binge anyway? Is it eating too much? Eating a lot of food? What? The DSM isn’t necessarily much more helpful. Take the new criteria for Binge Eating Disorder (via Mayo Clinic, as the APA pulled down the draft criteria from their website) that […]

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