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 [...]
Mental health professionals use a standardized manual to guide them in diagnosing patients. Known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health or DSM-IV, the current manual is 20 years old and is due to be revamped. The new manual, DSM-V, is expected to be released in 2013. Many anticipate that the updated manual [...]
Besides being TV personalities, what do Katie Couric and Demi Lovato have in common? Both women have publically confessed to struggles with bulimia. The two chatted about their common bond on Couric’s new show, "Katie," during an episode that aired on Monday, September 24.
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.
The term vegetarian includes a pretty broad spectrum of food habits. Many times the word is used to include anyone who uses the label whether they are strict vegetarians or semi-vegetarians. Under this broad understanding of the category research shows that young (college age) women who call themselves vegetarians are more likely than non-vegetarian women [...]
Demi Lovato is openly sharing her victory over substance abuse and self-harm, but not through music or acting. The celebrity is making headlines in recent news reports by telling her story and inspiring others at the treatment center she voluntarily entered a year ago for help with drug rehab, an eating disorder and mood-related disorders.
Isn’t it interesting how we can somehow find it easier to read the account of a celebrity and how he or she dealt with an addiction or process behavior than we can to recognize it in ourselves? When it comes to celebrities and eating disorders, there is certainly any number of books available to choose [...]
Heavy drinking episodes are considered by some to be a rite of passage in college. Students newly released from the rules of home often participate in risky drinking situations that can lead to bad choices or injury. College is also a time when eating disorders commonly surface, with new eating behavior patterns setting in, sometimes [...]
Bullying and eating disorders – the connection is becoming more recognized and relevant to patients, mental health experts and even celebrities, such as Disney actress Demi Lovato.