Category: Anorexia

Anorexia Nervosa & Ischemic Stroke

Nature Bridge in Forest There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that individuals with anorexia nervosa are at higher risk for severe medical complications. Anorexia behaviors involve severe restriction of food and fluids, which deplete the body of nutrients and electrolytes that are necessary for optimal body function. What remains is a starved body and brain that is at [...]
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Perhaps There is More Driving Anorexia Than Weight

Teen unknowingly triggering the mind-body connection with health anxiety The fear of weight gain (or fatphobia, FP) has long been considered one of the central characteristics of anorexia nervosa (AN). However, recent research challenges this traditionally accepted idea, indicating there may be more driving anorexia than weight. Anorexia Nervosa and Fear of Weight Gain Eating disorder specialists and medical professionals have traditionally believed the [...]
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Atypical Anorexia and Body Weight

African American Black Woman in Blue Shirt with Arms Crossed Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The term anorexia still comes with a lot of stigmas. Many assume that those who are suffering from anorexia will be extremely thin and underweight. Although being underweight is an important diagnostic feature of anorexia nervosa, it isn’t necessarily present in every case. The absence of being [...]
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Anorexia & Relapse Prevention

African-American Woman Anorexia nervosa is one of the most dangerous mental illnesses [1]. This is because of the medical issues that can happen as a result of anorexic behaviors. Anorexia is an eating disorder that is characterized by weight loss and an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. People with anorexia may become underweight by [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa – Tips for Supporting Your Loved One’s Recovery

Footsteps in Sand of Eating Disorder Recovery Journey Anorexia nervosa is a harrowing disorder with the highest mortality rate of any mental illness [1]. As the partner of someone struggling with this disorder, you likely know all-too-well what these statistics look like in real life. Providing support to your loved one as they fight this disorder can be very difficult and overwhelming. Look to the [...]
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Comfort and Encouragement for Parents of a Child Struggling with Anorexia Nervosa

Mother and daughter hugging and working on Eating Disorders in Mothers and Daughters and pursuing treatment for anorexia Parents of a child with anorexia nervosa (AN), we see you. We see your fear, your confusion, your anxiety, your strength, and your anger. We see you working your hardest to adapt, learn, support, and stay strong. The way that you are fighting and pivoting for your child is admirable. Even so, you are likely exhausted. As much as [...]
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Long Term & Short Term Consequences of Anorexia

Woman thinking Anorexia is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight. This obsessive fear of weight gain coupled with a distorted body image leads individuals with anorexia to restrict their caloric intake to the point of self-starvation and malnutrition. These behaviors can have severe long-term and short-term consequences on an individual’s [...]
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Bone Density, Abnormalities and Early-Onset Anorexia

Young girl wanting to be a model not realizing of the weight stigma that comes with it While many people assume bone conditions like osteoporosis only affect older populations, research shows that bone problems like osteoporosis are a common problem among individuals with anorexia nervosa. In fact, a recent study reveals children and adolescents with early-onset anorexia nervosa are at an increased risk of developing bone density abnormalities that could, if left [...]
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DBT, Adolescents & Eating Disorder Treatment

Young Woman with Red Hair For the past several decades, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been used to help treat a wide range of mental health disorders, including eating disorders (ED). And while research suggests DBT is often a beneficial form of therapy for both adolescents and adults with EDs, it was not originally designed to treat eating disorders. However, [...]
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