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Joycelyn Elders

Black History Month spotlight: Joycelyn Elders—Building a stronger future for our children

Black History Month is an important time of year to reflect on the many unsung accomplishments of African...
Paul Cornely

Black History Month spotlight: Paul Cornely—Keeping the Civil Rights Movement strong

They say if you have your health, you have everything. And Dr. Paul Cornely worked to ensure everyone could...
Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa (BN) can...
Mamie Phipps Clark

Black History Month spotlight: Mamie Phipps Clark—Redefining equality in a segregated world

Scientific studies are often considered the closest thing to objective truth. And not without reason. To be...
Effects of transgender discrimination

How social discrimination can lead to eating disorders in trans and queer populations

Belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community can be a source of pride and strength for many people. At the same time...
Mary Kenner

Black History Month spotlight: Mary Kenner—The unsung pioneer of women’s health

While scientific advancement is generally considered a collaborative effort, there are many unsung heroes...
Why do I binge eat?

Why do I binge eat?

Binge eating is the act of consuming a large amount of food over a certain period of time. By most medical...
Is fasting an eating disorder?

Is fasting an eating disorder?

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are...
Exercise bulimia vs. anorexia athletica

Exercise bulimia vs. anorexia athletica

Many people know at least a little bit about eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia...
Binge eating recovery

Binge eating recovery

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, characterized by...
Eating disorders in college students

How to maintain a healthy eating schedule in college

College can be one of the most exciting transitions in a person’s life. For many, it provides the first...
What is neuroplasticity?

What is neuroplasticity?

The ability to change and adapt is often considered essential to mental health. But it’s also a critical...
Fighting fatphobia in healthcare

Fighting fatphobia in healthcare (Part 2): IAEDP urges AAP to revise harmful guidelines for childhood “obesity”

In part two of Fighting Fatphobia in Healthcare, we explain more reasons why the International Association...
Fatphobia in healthcare

Fighting fatphobia in healthcare (Part 1): IAEDP addresses harmful AAP guidelines for childhood “obesity”

In its new guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with "obesity," the...
Dangers of bulimia nervosa

Dangers of bulimia nervosa on your health and well-being

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by extremes. People struggling with this condition move...
ARFID treatment at home

ARFID treatment at home

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a common eating disorder, though not widely understood...
How to treat eating disorders at home

How to treat eating disorders at home

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that affect millions of people around the world. In...
Binge eating disorder treatment at home

Treating binge eating disorder at home

Binge eating disorder (BED) is one of the most recently defined eating disorders, but it is already...
Bulimia nervosa symptoms teenager

Recognizing bulimia nervosa symptoms in teenagers

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a dangerous eating disorder that affects people of all ages, but the condition can...
Do I have anorexia?

Do I have anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder that may manifest differently in different people and can...
Do I have binge eating disorder?

Do I have binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious mental health condition that involves frequent episodes of someone...
Do I have ARFID quiz

Do I have ARFID?

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a serious mental health condition that involves a...
Bulimia treatment at home

Bulimia treatment at home

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder characterized by cycles of binge eating and purging, with these...
Anorexia home treatment

Anorexia home treatment

Treating anorexia nervosa (AN) is often a tricky prospect. While weight restoration and recovery from this...

Within Summit Q&A with Kevin Hines: The power of lived experience

Many people have said this story saved or changed their lives. People recognize they too can overcome...
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Anorexia

Do I have anorexia?

Do I have anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder that may manifest differently in different people and can...
Anorexia nervosa self-help

Self-help for anorexia nervosa

With its ability to significantly impact a person's psychological and physical health, anorexia nervosa...
Acute anorexia

What is acute anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a dangerous mental health disorder that impacts the way people feel about their...

What causes anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a very serious eating disorder, second only to opioid use as the...
Long-term effects of anorexia

What are the long term effects of anorexia nervosa?

In individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN), some may experience its effects in the...

The dangers of anorexiant diet pills

Anorexiant diet pills have increased dangers for those with an eating disorder. There...

Signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious illness that may manifest in several ways...

Is anorexia a disease?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is not a disease. A disease is when there is a harmful change in...
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Binge eating disorder

Why do I binge eat?

Why do I binge eat?

Binge eating is the act of consuming a large amount of food over a certain period of time. By most medical...

Why am I eating so much?

Anyone can have a complicated relationship with food, particularly in American culture...

What causes binge eating disorder?

Since it was first officially recognized in 2013, binge eating disorder (BED) has...
Dopamine and binge eating

Understanding the connection of dopamine and binge eating

Binge eating behaviors are a major aspect of several eating disorders, including binge eating disorder...

Signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder

The prevalence of binge eating disorder (BED) is on the rise in the US, with an...

BED of low frequency and/or limited duration

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United...

What is binge eating disorder (BED)?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States...
How food insecurity can lead to binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder related to food insecurity

There are many known risk factors for eating disorders, such as a history...
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Body image

Body image affirmations

10 body image affirmations

Eating disorders are often recognized by their physical symptoms, but some of the most harmful aspects of...

Unrealistic beauty standards and body dysmorphic disorder treatment

Over the last 100 years, the notion of what qualifies as attractive has varied...

How to deal with and overcome body insecurity

Your body image is how you see your own body, and how you feel about what you perceive...
The racist history of fatphobia and weight stigma

The racist history of fatphobia and weight stigma

Fatphobia and weight stigma are insidious forces in our society. Fatphobia...
The devastating effects of Instagram and body image

The devastating effects of Instagram and body image

A recent study has revealed that social media apps, such as Instagram and...
Improving your body image in bulimia recovery

Improving your body image in bulimia recovery

Improving body image is one of many individuals’ most challenging parts of bulimia...
How gender dysphoria affects body image

How gender dysphoria affects body image

‍Gender presentation, identity, and body image are inherently linked. This...
Healthism: When a focus on healthy living becomes problematic

Healthism: When a focus on healthy living becomes problematic

Healthism refers to a set of attitudes and beliefs that health is the most...
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Bulimia

Non-purging bulimia

What is non-purging bulimia?

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious eating disorder defined by cycles. People who struggle with this...
What causes bulimia?

What causes bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious eating disorder that revolves around cycles of binge eating and purging...
Signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa

Signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious mental health disorder, but the condition is often marked by a number of...
Two people talking on the beach

How to tell your loved ones you have bulimia

Telling your loved ones or family members that you struggle with bulimia nervosa (BN) can be a terrifying...

How to talk about bulimia nervosa

When you’re living with an eating disorder, like bulimia nervosa (BN), you can get...

How to stop bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is a complex eating disorder that often comes with feelings of...
woman by window

What is bulimia nervosa (BN)?

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder that affects between 0.5% and 1.5% of...
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Eating disorders

Is fasting an eating disorder?

Is fasting an eating disorder?

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are...

What are the different types of eating disorders?

There are many different types of eating disorders, each with its own unique set of challenges in treatment.

Unpacking the fear of eating in front of others

For many of us, sharing meals with others or going out to eat are the primary ways...
Two people chatting

The differences between bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa (BN) and anorexia nervosa (AN) are two of the most well-known eating disorders, but many...

Bulimia vs binge eating: the differences between eating disorders

Bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED) are two different eating disorders...
What causes an eating disorder: A biopsychosocial perspective

What causes an eating disorder: A biopsychosocial perspective

Eating disorders are complex and severe psychiatric illnesses that can have many causes. The biopsychosocial..
Signs a loved one may be at risk of an eating disorder relapse

Signs a loved one may be at risk of an eating disorder relapse

Recovery is a lifelong process for those who have struggled or...
8 eating disorder myths

8 eating disorder myths

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are...
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Anorexia issues

Exercise bulimia vs. anorexia athletica

Exercise bulimia vs. anorexia athletica

Many people know at least a little bit about eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia...
Do I have anorexia?

Do I have anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder that may manifest differently in different people and can...
Anorexia bloating

Why does anorexia bloating occur?

While not an official medical term, “anorexia bloating” can be used to describe bloating that occurs as a...
Anorexia bruising

Anorexia and bruising: Signs, causes, and healing

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a dangerous mental health condition, but it can also manifest in several physical...
Person with head in their hands

What are the effects of anorexia on teeth and oral health?

Anorexia nervosa (AN) may be a mental health disorder, but it can have a number of physical consequences...
Anorexia complications

Mental health and physical medical complications of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a dangerous eating disorder that affects all facets of someone's life, with the...
Person with anorexia nervosa and jaundice

Yellow skin in anorexia nervosa: Jaundice symptoms

Anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and other eating disorders affect more than someone's mental...
Anorexia hands

How anorexia affects hands: cold, shaking, tingling and discolored fingernails

You may not realize that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa (AN) can affect every part of the human body...
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BED issues

What is binge eating, and how does it affect the body?

Binge eating is when a person eats a large amount of food quickly in one sitting...
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Bulimia issues

Bulimia bloat

What is bulimia bloat?

Bulimia bloat is not a medical term, but it is frequently used to describe the distended (swollen) belly...

How bulimia can (permanently) affect your teeth

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious psychiatric disorder that involves frequent...
Complications of bulimia

What are the complications of bulimia?

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious eating disorder that can have a large impact on both mental and physical...
Person looking out to sea

The relationship between bulimia, skin, and acne

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a mental health disorder, but the condition can also cause a number of physical...
Person with head in their hands

Is there a relationship between bulimia, acid reflux, and GERD?

Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are medical conditions involving the movement of...

Is hair loss a symptom of bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder that can lead to many medical comp...

How bulimia affects the jaw: pain and swelling problems

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder that affects many parts of the body, incl...
Sunset

How bulimia affects your period

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa (BN) may...
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Co-occurring disorders

How to stop anxiety eating

If you turn to food when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you’re not...

Understanding depression and eating disorders

When someone enters treatment for an eating disorder, it is important they receive...
ARFID and autism

Treating ARFID and autism

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder that involves extreme picky eating...
Anxiety and depression

The relationship between anxiety, depression, and overeating

Food is one of the most essential aspects of life, not only needed for survival, but involved deeply in...

The relationship between anorexia nervosa and anxiety disorders

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder in which individuals are concerned about...

The relationship between ADHD and binge eating disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED)...

How does OCD and eating disorders interact

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders are two distinctive conditions...
Food aversion and OCD

Food aversion and OCD

When we think of eating disorders, we often imagine someone who has anorexia nervosa...
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How to help

Women's eating disorder treatment

Women are statistically the most affected demographic when it comes to eating...

Treatment of eating disorder in teen girls

Eating disorders are serious conditions that can affect anyone at any age. How...

Eating disorder treatment programs for male teens

Eating disorders can be very distressing for teen boys, and may have detr...

Eating disorder treatment programs for men

Men are affected by eating disorders like any other gender. Millions of men struggle...
LGBTQIA+ couple

Eating disorder treatment programs for LGBTQIA+ people

Clinicians and researchers have long been aware of the occurrence of eating disorders, but studies on the...
Helping a friend with an eating disorder

How to help a friend with an eating disorder

If you're having the thought, "I think my friend has an eating disorder," but aren't sure what to do about...

Eating disorder treatment programs for children

Eating disorders among children are very serious, and can be potentially life...
How to help someone with an eating disorder

How to help someone with an eating disorder

If you know someone who's struggling with an eating disorder, you may feel an array of emotions, from...
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Nutrition counseling

What is diet culture?

You’ve probably heard of the term “diet culture” if you’ve spent any time immersed in...
Nutrition counseling for eating disorder treatment

Nutrition counseling in the treatment of eating disorders

Nutrition counseling, also referred to as nutritional counseling, food counseling, or nutrition therapy...

Learning the intuitive eating principles

Intuitive eating is an approach to eating based on responding to the body’s...

Is it bad to eat at night?

You might have heard that it’s somehow harmful to eat late at night. Diet culture...
Why we should avoid labeling food as good or bad

Why we should avoid labeling food as good or bad

Have you ever referred to certain foods as “bad” or “good?” Maybe you say things...
What is intuitive eating?

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is an eating practice that involves listening to your body’s hunger...
Strategies for grocery shopping in eating disorder recovery

Strategies for grocery shopping in eating disorder recovery

After you’ve finished a higher level of care like inpatient eating...
Is intermittent fasting disordered eating?

Is intermittent fasting disordered eating?

Intermittent fasting is a relatively popular diet regimen involving periods of...
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OSFED

What causes atypical anorexia nervosa?

Atypical anorexia nervosa (AAN) is a serious eating disorder that shares many of...

Signs and symptoms of atypical bulimia nervosa

The signs and symptoms of atypical bulimia nervosa (ABN) are similar to those...

Atypical anorexia nervosa symptoms

Atypical anorexia nervosa (AAN) shares many of the same characteristics as anorexia...

What is purging disorder?

Purging disorder is an eating disorder that involves purging to lose weight or change...
Night eating syndrome

What is night eating syndrome?

Night eating syndrome (NES) is a sleep-related eating disorder where a person eats more food at night than...
Stop eating at night

How to stop eating at night

Everyone has the occasional late-night dinner or midnight snack, but for some people, overeating at night...

What is atypical anorexia nervosa?

While atypical anorexia nervosa (AAN) may share characteristics of anorexia nervosa...

What is atypical bulimia nervosa?

Atypical bulimia nervosa (ABN) is a form of bulimia nervosa (BN) that affects...
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Self help

Anorexia nervosa self-help

Self-help for anorexia nervosa

With its ability to significantly impact a person's psychological and physical health, anorexia nervosa...

Self-help and eating disorder treatment

Human resolve can be a formidable force in any endeavor. Recovering from an...
Why you should ditch the “new year, new you” mentality

Why you should ditch the “new year, new you” mentality

It’s that time of year again. Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, even...
How to thrive during the holidays while recovering from an eating disorder

How to thrive during the holidays while recovering from an eating disorder

The holidays are just around the corner, and given the rollout of vaccines...
How to overcome shame in eating disorder recovery

How to overcome shame in eating disorder recovery

Shame is extremely common among people struggling with eating disorders...
How to shop for clothes in eating disorder recovery

How to shop for clothes in eating disorder recovery

It’s natural to gain or lose some weight during eating disorder treatment as...
Exercising during eating disorder recovery

Can you exercise during eating disorder recovery?

Exercise is a great way to promote physical, mental, and emotional well...
Can gardening aid in eating disorder recovery?

Can gardening aid in eating disorder recovery?

Professionally guided gardening, or horticultural therapy, is a type of therapy...
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Therapy

Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa (BN) can...
Emotion-focused therapy for eating disorders

Emotion-focused therapy for eating disorders

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), sometimes called emotionally-focused therapy, is a type of therapy that...
Experiential therapy for eating disorders

Experiential therapy for eating disorders

Experiential therapy is a form of insight-driven or action-based therapy that immerses a patient in an...
People holding hands

Using radically open dialectical behavior therapy to treat eating disorders

Treating eating disorders is often challenging, but radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT)...
Exposure therapy for eating disorders

Exposure therapy for eating disorders

Exposure therapy is a type of therapy used to treat eating disorders, phobias, and anxiety. It is typically...

Self-help and eating disorder treatment

Human resolve can be a formidable force in any endeavor. Recovering from an...

Medical nutrition therapy for eating disorder recovery

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an evidence-based treatment option for eating...
Group therapy for eating disorder treatment

Group therapy for eating disorder treatment

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that have deep impacts on many people. By some...
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Treatment

Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa (BN) can...
Binge eating recovery

Binge eating recovery

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, characterized by...
Eating disorder support group

Eating disorder support groups: Finding healing in community

Eating disorders like binge eating disorder (BED), anorexia nervosa (AN), and bulimia nervosa (BN), can be...
Emotion-focused therapy for eating disorders

Emotion-focused therapy for eating disorders

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), sometimes called emotionally-focused therapy, is a type of therapy that...
Experiential therapy for eating disorders

Experiential therapy for eating disorders

Experiential therapy is a form of insight-driven or action-based therapy that immerses a patient in an...
Person doing research on eating disorder programs

How to choose the best eating disorder treatment program for your needs

When it comes to choosing an eating disorder treatment program, people’s specific needs may vary. A program...
Eating disorder treatment

Learn about eating disorder treatment

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can impact all aspects of someone's physical...

Exercise addiction treatment & recovery

Exercise addiction is an eating disorder that can do serious damage to the body, with up...
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UFED

Unspecified feeding or eating disorders (UFED)

UFED stands for unspecified feeding and eating disorder. This diagnosis applies...

What is rumination disorder?

Rumination disorder, also referred to as rumination syndrome, is a rare and...
Chew and spit disorder

Chew and spit disorder (CHSP)

While some people with eating disorders strictly limit their food intake, and others struggle with...