Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center Major calendar events, including holidays like the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, are when people typically indulge in high-calorie foods and sweet treats. People often celebrate Valentine’s Day by going out for a fancy dinner or baking decadent desserts. This can prove stressful for those who [...] Read More
Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Many people turn to food for comfort in times of stress, sadness, and anger. However, emotional eating habits like this only provide temporary relief and can quickly be followed by more negative emotions, like shame and guilt. This unhealthy cycle can cause emotional eaters to feel powerless when it comes to [...] Read More
Years of research has shown that adolescents who have an eating disorder are at high risk for developing a co-occurring mental health disorder.
Years of research has shown that it’s not uncommon for adolescents who have an eating disorder to develop other mental health concerns. Left untreated, this can significantly impact their overall [...] Read More
Transcript from our January 29, 2015 TweetChat with Dr. Kaye and Dr. Menzel of UCSD Treatment Center. “Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID)” Welcome to today’s #EDHchat! We are excited to have you all with us! We would like to start by welcoming our special guests, Dr. Kaye and Dr. Menzel of UCSD Treatment [...] Read More
Financial strain stresses more than the pocketbook. Research shows money problems break up marriages; cause migraines, muscle tension, even heart attacks; and money issues can drive someone to binge eating as a way to release the stress. Americans Rack Up Debt The average American carries $15,706 in credit card debt, and up to 16 million [...] Read More
Contributor: Ginger Nicol, MD, McCallum Place Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, is a medical condition characterized by loss of control while eating that can lead to the ingestion of large amounts of food. Weight gain and the development of obesity can occur in as many as 40% of individuals with the disorder.  The cycle [...] Read More
Stress and its effects on health are many. Most of us know this from experience, and can remember a time when worry about a job or relationship led to feelings of panic, insomnia, or a stomach ache. Stressful events lead to the production of hormones (cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) associated with a “fight-or-flight” response. A [...] Read More
At age 30 Martin sought treatment for binge eating. At 5’8” he was at an unhealthy weight, was pre-diabetic, and had chronic back pain. Five years earlier, he had stopped all alcohol consumption for fear it was becoming excessive. But he began to “switch substances,” using food as a means for numbing and soothing. Over-eating [...] Read More
Contributor: Margherita Mascolo, MD at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health Anorexia nervosa is characterized by low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, distorted body image, and an extreme focus on shape, weight, and size. It carries the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness, and its complications are a direct [...] Read More
Night Eating Syndrome (NES) was first recognized in 1955 by American psychiatrist, Dr. Albert Stunkard. NES is an eating disorder in which the affected individual wakes several times in the middle of the night and is unable to fall back asleep without eating, even though he or she is not actually hungry. The food eaten [...] Read More
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