The Relationship Between Attachment & Eating Disorders

Friends are Factors in Anorexia Treatment The ways in which we forge a connection with others impacts every area of our lives, including our mental health. These attachment patterns can develop throughout any period of the lifespan and are often connected to the many familial, social, professional, and romantic relationships we encounter. In some cases, it can become an attachment disorder, [...]
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Eating Disorders and the Holidays

Woman considering life coach Contributor: Norman Kim, Ph.D. – National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center When we think about some of the particular challenges of struggling with an eating disorder over the holidays, the first thing most people might think about is the food, and understandably so. Food is a central part of the holidays for all of [...]
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Feeling Out of Control in Eating

Girl lookinb behind her Feeling a loss of control over eating behaviors is an important symptom that can help distinguish between eating disorder diagnoses. This specific symptom can be incredibly troubling, as the concept of control and either having it or not having it has moral implications in our culture. Many who experience loss-of-control experience increased feelings of shame [...]
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Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Anxiety

Woman holding snow The holidays can be a source of joy and stress for people. This stress can be heightened for people with mental illnesses, including eating disorders. This is especially concerning for people with eating disorders since anxiety can intensify disordered behaviors [1]. Whether the holidays are stressful because of the increased focus on food or having [...]
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Orthorexia & University Students in Mexico

Girl Developing an Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a word that is less common than the behavior it defines. Literally translated to “correct eating,” the term refers to “having a pathological obsession in pursuit of a healthy diet” and is characterized by an “obsessive and pathological approach to eating what is perceived as “healthy [1].” What Characterizes Orthorexia Many [...]
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