Category: Anorexia

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 with anxiety 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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Atypical Anorexia in Teens

Women struggling with eating disorder Adolescence is a dangerous time for potential disordered eating behaviors. While a startling number of pre-teens and teens meet the criteria for an eating disorder, it is important to also consider those that engage in harmful and dangerous behaviors such as atypical anorexia that do not. For example, with anorexia nervosa, an individual typically needs [...]
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Why Transgender People Are More Likely to Develop an Eating Disorder

Women who Stay Connected in Anorexia Recovery Contributed by Staff at McCallum Place Prevalence of Eating Disorders Among Transgender People An extensive survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health sampled nearly 300,000 U.S. college students about their self-reported eating disorder diagnoses and compensatory behaviors [1]. The researchers found that 15% of the transgender people surveyed reported an eating disorder diagnosis within [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa State of Mind in Recovery

image of a head dealing with anorexia and brain issues Research has shown that individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa (AN) often struggle with cognitive deficits. These deficits include difficulties with set-shifting, central coherence, and decision-making. It is thought that some of these deficits are a result of the disorder, while others may be a consistent trait that makes one more vulnerable to developing the disorder. [...]
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Anorexia and Osteoporosis Concerns

Woman sitting on stump thinking of Five Tips for Positive Body Image Osteoporosis has long been one of the most severe and frightening effects of anorexia, but there may be hope on the horizon. In a 2019 article in the Journal of Eating Disorders, Drs. Pratibha Anand and Philip Mehler report on the “only published case of a complete return to normal bone density following many years [...]
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