Tag Archives: dieting

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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When the “healthy eating” message goes very, very wrong

It seems you can’t go anywhere without seeing “healthy eating,” anti-obesity, weight loss messages. They’re literally everywhere. Besides the magazines in the grocery store checkout lines, Pinterest boards, and mass media, children are receiving lots of these messages in school. More and more schools, it seems, are limiting sweets that can be brought in for […]

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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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Semper Fi: EDs in the military

Of all the mental disorders associated with the military, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is at the top, followed by suicide/depression and addiction. But a number of studies have found that a surprisingly large number of people in the military have eating disorders, at rates that exceed current population estimates. Being a member of the military […]

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