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Food, Fitness and Eating Disorders


Eating disorders a serious issue

Eating disorders are widespread and affect people of all ages and sexes...more


When dieting becomes dangerous

Many people make plans to go on diets to get rid of unwanted weight. For some, what starts out as a desire to shed a few pounds turns into an eating disorder...more


When Mom or Dad won’t eat

Most parents have dealt with the worries of having children go through phases of not eating. The unexpected worry for the “sandwich” generation is that of worrying about parents who are not eating...more


Eating disorders

More than 50 percent of teenage girls are on a diet or think they should be on a diet. Approximately 3 percent of these teenagers will go too far and become anorexic or bulimic. An eating disorder is more than not eating or overeating; it occurs when food and eating control a person’s daily routine and entire life...more


Anorexia nervosa

The American Psychiatric Association has recognized two clinical eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervous, a self starvation disorder, has four diagnostic criteria...more


Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa, which means "morbid hunger," is an eating disorder often characterized by the binge/purge cycle. According to the American Psychiatric Association there are 4 diagnostic criteria...more


Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is not the same as the occasional overeating. It is the loss of control while eating large amounts of food in a short amount of time. The characteristics of binge eating disorder include the following...more


Recovering from an eating disorder

The first step in recovering from an eating disorder is recognizing that a problem exists and that the behaviors that led to and created the eating disorder were not normal or right. It is also very important to realize that overcoming an eating disorder will take a lot of time and effort...more


Tips on preventing an eating disorder

Educate yourself. Understand the processes, self-talk, and behaviors that may lead to the development of an eating disorder. Keep in mind your personal positive qualities and talents...more



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