Category: Anorexia

Anorexia’s Impact on Thinking

Brain Nerve Cell We have all experienced the physical and mental changes that come with hunger. Feelings of irritability, brain fog, and fatigue can make daily tasks and encounters more taxing and difficult. For those struggling with anorexia nervosa, these symptoms are more constant and more severe. Just as a starving person does not function optimally, neither does [...]
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Anorexia & Compulsive Exercise: A Dangerous Combination

Nature Lone Tree in Field Anorexia and compulsive exercise often go hand in hand. Tragically, they can be a dangerous (or even deadly) combination. But what is the driving motivator behind compulsive exercise in anorexics, and how does compulsive exercise specifically impact the physical and mental health of individuals with anorexia? What Is Compulsive Exercise? Before we look at the [...]
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Unique Considerations of Seeking Anorexia Treatment in the Military

Woman soldier in the military According to the National Guard Association of the United States, Eating disorder diagnoses among military members have risen 26% over five years (1). The military and anorexia have a complicated relationship. Military personnel undergo unique life experiences that can make them more vulnerable to these disorders. In this 3-part series, we will examine how military [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa: 2020 Research on Long Term Outcomes, Growth Retardation, and Other Medical Consequences

Girl thinking about Spirituality Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and others, have increased in prevalence over the past 25 years. While experts have discussed changes in ideal body image, manufactured foods, and obesity as root causes, these remain puzzling diseases of unknown, but complex bio-psycho-social etiology. Research has made amazing [...]
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Acute Anorexia Nervosa

Girl's hand wrapped with IV Acute anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe psychiatric illness leading to serious health complications and, in some cases, even death. Unfortunately, treatment centers and hospitals are often ill-equipped to treat this advanced stage of anorexia, making it hard for many acute AN patients to find proper treatment. What is Acute Anorexia Nervosa? Acute anorexia nervosa [...]
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Attention Bias Modification and Anorexia Nervosa

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light There is no end to the list of factors that may influence eating disorder development, and cognitive factors are a large part of this list. An interesting study is digging into a cognitive process (Attention Bias) related to what stimuli, such as food, catch our attention, and how this may impact our brain and behavioral responses. [...]
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Eating Disorder Treatment for Neurodiverse Patients

Lady sitting on a beach Contributor: Jessica Steinbach MPH, RD at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center Co-occurring disorders are often addressed in eating disorder treatment at every level. Dietitians, therapists, and other members of the treatment teamwork to recognize how the complexity of each individual case plays into eating disorder behaviors and the presence of disordered eating. Some co-occurring disorders [...]
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Attention Bias Modification Training in Anorexia Nervosa

Woman thinking about perimenopause Attention Bias Modification Training, or ABMT, is a technique originally used for Anxiety Disorders and is, according to Mercado [1], “a form of cognitive bias modification training with the potential for modifying AB triggered by different stimuli.” This form of modification training is used to train an individual’s attention towards stimuli that are not compatible [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa Does Not Have One Look

Teen girl staring out a window thinking about bulimia There are many silent voices of pain in the eating disorder community, and some individuals don’t “look like” what a person with anorexia nervosa is assumed to look like. The sad and honest truth is, there is no limit to who can be challenged with an eating disorder. From gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and, yes, appearance, [...]
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