Tag Archives: BMI

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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Letting go of the “ideal” body weight

Read through the research literature on eating disorders–especially anorexia–and you won’t be able to avoid the phrase “ideal body weight.” Weights are expressed as “% IBW.” Treatment is measured as to whether sufferers are able to return to 85%, 90% or 95% (pick one) of “ideal body weight.” It’s a phrase I seriously hate. In […]

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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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Treating Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa–Finally, a bit of hope?

In March, I attended the London International Eating Disorders Conference. This past weekend, I finally organized the last of my papers from the conference (After the conference, I was on vacation and then at a journalism fellowship, so I wasn’t home to do any organizing, hence the long delay) and found some notes I took […]

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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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Defining recovery: What do patients define as recovery?

Yesterday, I posted about how researchers define recovery in a variety of clinical situations. I think we have made a lot of progress in our understanding of what recovery is from a scientific perspective. Researchers are now embracing the idea that recovery involves much more than just regaining/maintaining weight and stopping ED behaviors. Certainly that’s […]

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Defining Recovery: What do researchers define as recovery?

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to be doing a series on my blog about definitions of recovery, what they are, and why they matter. For my first post, I’m going to start by discussing how researchers measure recovery. Considering that most of my readers are (judging by the email I receive […]

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Exactly whose weight are you over?

I’ve never really liked the terms “overweight” and “underweight,” at least how they’re used by the medical establishment. But for the longest time, I really couldn’t put my finger on why. Part of it, I knew, were the way that these terms have so much judgment attached to them–that if you’re not “normal” weight, you’re […]

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Understanding the quest for the “perfect body”: The links between perfectionism, body dissatisfaction, and EDs

Body dissatisfaction and body dysmorphia are some of the most frequently discussed symptoms of EDs. In his work on the “transdiagnostic model” of EDs, Christopher Fairburn asserts that these two features not only unite all of the different ED diagnoses but also are at the heart cause of the disorder. Although I don’t agree with […]

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