It’s no mystery that we live in a culture driven by appearance. Even if we know something is bad for us, if it will help us look good we can’t seem to turn it down. As the drive for visual perfection continues, young men and women are constantly told that they are not good enough.… Continue reading Six Tips to Help Parents Raise Kids With A Positive Body Image
Eating disorders are a complex illness resulting from a variety of emotional and environmental factors and manifest in a variety of different ways. Often, they can go undetected, especially when unhealthy eating habits can look like a fad diet. Parents of teens may have a hard time recognizing when abnormal eating habits are leading to… Continue reading Is It a Diet or Is It an Eating Disorder? What Parents Need to Know
Research teams across the country and around the world are constantly pursuing research projects designed to help better understand eating disorders including the root cause, who is most at risk, and what treatments are the most beneficial. For families affected by an eating disorder, keeping on top of this research is important as it can… Continue reading Eating Disorder Research Update
May is Children’s Mental Health Month which is a great time to talk about where parents can find more information about the mental health conditions their adolescents may be struggling with. While there is no substitute for the expertise and information provided by a qualified mental health practitioner, this version of the ABCs can help… Continue reading The ABCs of Children’s Mental Health
Cleanses are healthy, right? They are touted on major talk shows, endorsed by celebrities, and billed as a healthy way to lose weight and rid the body of toxins. But are they actually good for your body? And is the “cleanse culture” ushering in a new kind of eating disorder? To answer these questions, let’s… Continue reading Are Cleanses the New Eating Disorder?
When most people think of eating disorders, it is very likely that the image that pops into their mind features a young, emaciated girl. But this is only part of the real story of eating disorders and something that the National Eating Disorders Association is working to change with its annual awareness campaign. National Eating… Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Many of those with eating disorders suffer in silence, afraid, ashamed, and unable to ask for help. The National Association for Anorexia and Associated Disorders (ANAD) estimates that only 1 out of every 10 people with an eating disorder ever receive treatment which is more than tragic when you consider the dangers these disorders create. And… Continue reading Are Our Teenage Boys Suffering from a Silent Epidemic?
Although it isn’t clear exactly how eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, and depression are related, they often seem to go hand in hand. While there is some scientific evidence that depression may increase the risk of developing an eating disorder, there is also evidence that the reverse can be true, that have an eating disorder… Continue reading Eating Disorders and Depression
Eating Attitudes and Concerns Research Study This study is being conducted at Bowling Green State University and seeks to better understand the relationships between eating attitudes and concerns and performance on certain tasks related to vocabulary. Women ages 18 and up are welcome to participate in the study and participation can be conducted completely online. … Continue reading Current Research Into Eating Disorders
When a person has anorexia nervosa, they are starving themselves and not providing their body with the basic nutrients and calories needed for survival. When this happens for an extended period of time, the body takes drastic action to conserve energy and preserve life. Unfortunately, these defensive mechanisms can have very serious long-term health consequences. … Continue reading Signs Someone You Love is Struggling with Anorexia