Category: Anorexia

An Introduction to Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

India woman with her family Contributed By: Dr. Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, CEDS and Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Services of Lindner Center of HOPE Puberty is a risk factor for eating disorders, especially among girls (Klump, 2013) and anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental health diagnosis (Arcelus et al., 2011). As many parents start to see [...]
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Eating Disorder Symptoms Comparison With Younger Ages

Woman recovering from eating disorder due to meaning There are several different types of eating disorders. Professionals determine what type of eating disorder someone is struggling with based on what disordered behaviors and thoughts someone is struggling with. Anorexia Nervosa One eating disorder diagnosis is anorexia nervosa. Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight. This fear leads [...]
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Heart Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Woman laying down Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a severe eating disorder affecting 1 to 2.2 percent of young women [1]. Characterized by an intense fear of becoming fat or gaining weight, individuals with anorexia nervosa severely restrict their caloric intake and/or engage in compensatory behaviors (purge vomiting, use of laxatives, over-exercise) to prevent weight gain. Both the restricting [...]
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Height Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Tween struggling with eating disorder treatment A recent study conducted on more than 250 adolescent females reveals stunted growth may be one of the long-term side effects of anorexia nervosa (AN) [1]. Published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study also sheds light on how height concerns may point to more severe health complications for individuals [...]
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The Role of Metabolism & Genetics in Anorexia Nervosa

Young Woman Standing Outside Her Eating Disorder Recovery Center For years, doctors and therapists blamed the development of anorexia nervosa on environmental factors like overbearing parents or controlling mothers. Thanks to numerous studies on the genetics behind eating disorders, it is now evident that parents do not cause their children to develop eating disorders (at least not in the way everyone thought). Instead, eating [...]
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Continuing Care for Anorexia from Childhood to Adulthood

Overweight Woman Sitting Near Window - 3363609_1920 Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a fear of gaining weight [1]. This fear leads to disordered behaviors to lose weight, such as severe food restriction or obsessive exercise. These behaviors result in individuals becoming significantly underweight. Anorexia is a severe, potentially deadly mental illness due to potential medical complications that result from [...]
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Anorexia and its Impact Over a Lifetime

Middle-aged woman stressing over her eating disorder While numerous studies have looked at anorexia nervosa (causes, the effectiveness of treatments, the prevalence in certain populations, etc.), very few, if any, have examined the lifetime impact of anorexia nervosa (AN). A recent study published by Cambridge University Press sought to change that by following a group of individuals with adolescent-onset anorexia nervosa over [...]
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Choosing Clothes After Weight Restoration from Anorexia Nervosa

Shopping for a Wardrobe It is the moment that many in anorexia nervosa treatment and recovery fear – the moment when weight restoration has been achieved and, therefore, new clothes are needed. Choosing clothing for your weight-restored body will undoubtedly be challenging; however, it can be another aspect that inspires your new beginning. Building a Recovery-Focused Wardrobe In recovery, [...]
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