Category: Research

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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Eating Disorders in LGBTQ+ Individuals

Girl on bench considering ED treatment The stigma and prejudice that LGBTQ+ individuals experience can severely impact their mental health and well-being. This is seen in the unfortunately high rate of LGBTQ+ individuals being diagnosed with mental illness and eating disorder. The Minority Stress Model (MSM) is often referred to when considering the impact of stigma on LGBTQ+ individuals. It posits [...]
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Health Anxiety: The Interplay Between the Mind and Body

African Woman Contributor: Rebecca Brumm, MA, LPC, CEDS-S – Clinical Director at Laureate Eating Disorders Program There is nothing quite like a mysterious new illness, turned pandemic, that can stir up anxiety about our health in even the most tranquil of us. Still, beyond the amplified worries of COVID-19, health anxiety, a continuous preoccupation of the state [...]
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Eating Disorder Assessment (EDA-5)

Doctor discussing Anorexia Research The earlier an eating disorder is diagnosed, the less entrenched the behaviors are and the earlier treatment can be provided. Eating disorder assessments can help identify them. For those that struggle with these dangerous disorders, “the first years of illness appears to offer a critical window for recovery, beyond which outcomes are poorer (1).” This [...]
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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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Eating Disorder Risk and Sexual Minorities

Heart shaped hands The list of overwhelming daily life challenges facing sexual minorities in our culture continues to be unacceptably long. Unfortunately, being at a higher risk for developing disordered eating beliefs and behaviors is on this list. A recent study found more evidence to support that. However, research has shown for some time that individuals in the [...]
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Are Foods like Drugs of Abuse: The Science Behind Foods Triggering Binge Eating and Loss of Control

An open book in a library COVID 19 epidemic responses included a stay at home orders, lockdowns, and quarantines. Many people have changed food preferences, abandoned healthy eating, and relapsed into patterns of binge eating and overeating [1]. Our relationship with food is complicated. We describe some foods as comforting or comfort food and others as a form of self-medication [2]. [...]
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Diet Beverages and Artificial Sugars: Risk vs Benefit

Beverages, Sodas, diet Drink, Cokes on store shelf Low-calorie sweeteners in foods and diet drinks can disrupt metabolism, and some experts have suggested that there use might cause diabetes and obesity [1]. But other studies have found that consuming diet drinks and food has little impact on metabolism and weight gain. A new study by Yale researchers published March 3 in the journal [...]
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Do No Harm: Embrace Health at Every Size

Woman in field on during holiday The frantic focus on weight in relation to health has been detrimental to our society and the individuals within it. The use of terms like “overweight” and “obese” are misleading and are used to designate an assessment of health, which is unfounded. The use of these terms in this article will be used in quotation [...]
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