Alcoholism is the common term for an established physical dependence on the presence of alcohol inside the brain and body. In mental health terms, this dependence represents one form of a condition called alcohol use disorder. Both alcoholism and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are known to stem partially from inherited genetic factors. […]
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Full disclosure: I am not overweight. I have not lived this challenge firsthand, but have only witnessed what others have gone through and heard their stories. As a woman, I know that being pretty and thin are seen as good, and that being fat is understood as bad. Unhealthy, but even worse, many women experience […]
After climbing steadily for decades, America’s sweet tooth is finally showing signs of rehabilitation. Still, most adults in the U.S. consume 22 teaspoons (355 calories) of added sugar per day – a far cry from the American Heart Association’s recommendations of six teaspoons (100 calories) for women and nine teaspoons (150 calories) for men. Many […]
Child star Amanda Bynes has grown up and is currently using social media to reveal her grown-up issues with her image. Following the former Nickelodean star’s Twitter feed might give psychologists valuable insights into a troubled mind. “Looking pudgy and I broke my nail” might not sound that much different than the average 26-year old […]
All the way back in 1976, a recording artist named Larry Groce released a novelty song called “Junk Food Junkie.” This catchy little tune told the Jekyll-and-Hyde-themed tale of a man who ate only healthy and wholesome foods by day, but who transformed into a junk food-craving maniac who would pig out on every sort […]
The whirlwind of activities during November and December are often accompanied by a large amount of food. This can make the holidays a dangerous time for someone recovering from an eating disorder. Being repeatedly faced with food challenges on top of the other normal stresses of the holidays can make these months especially susceptible to […]
When trying to improve your lifestyle, small changes are more manageable than big ones. So is it effective to focus on just healthy eating or just exercise, or does it have to be both? The short answer is it depends on your goal. Although studies in this area have been conflicting, the findings can be […]
Few national health issues in the United States are as serious and as urgent as the obesity epidemic. The condition is easy for anyone to diagnose, but treatment for obesity continues to frustrate obese individuals and treatment professionals alike. Much of the problem stems from the fact that the exact nature and causes of obesity […]
In today’s world where being beautiful, young, and thin are the Holy Grail, women are pushing their bodies to the limits in order to fit in. But while most everyone knows the dangers of bulimia, and anorexia, not everyone is familiar with a newer addition to the eating disorder family – orthorexia nervosa.
Those with eating disorders are sometimes treated with cognitive remediation therapy, which helps individuals understand the thinking behind their behaviors and develop ways of changing that thinking. While there are many facets to eating disorder therapy, many healthcare providers believe that this type of therapy is most helpful in treating those with eating disorders.