Bulimia in Pregnancy

Affecting approximately seven million American women, and tending to peak during child-bearing years, nearly 20% of all pregnant women suffer from an eating disorder.  Involving both binge eating and vomiting, and even the use of laxatives to rid the body of excess calories, a nine month pregnancy can cause bulimia to worsen. While some people... Read More

Male Eating Disorders

With an estimated 8 million people in the United States alone suffering from an eating disorder, 10% are men.  Commonly known as a “woman’s disease”, bulimia and anorexia in men is often misdiagnosed.  Combined with the stigma that eating disorders only affect women and seeing how eating disorders in men have only recently started receiving... Read More

Anorexia Athletica

When a person no longer enjoys exercising, but feels a compulsion to do so, they are suffering from anorexia althetica.  Although not yet recognized as a mental disorder like anorexia nervosa, anorexia athletic is a growing problem.  Mostly prominent in females ages 12 through 19 and linked to an abnormal obsession with thinness, those suffering... Read More

Bulimia Nervosa

Of Latin roots and characterized by suppression of food intake for a period of time followed by an over intake (binging period) resulting in feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. Although more commonly known to affect women and young girls, bulimia nervosa can affect men and young boys as well.  Most people suffering from bulimia... Read More

Anorexia and Mortality

Coined in 1873 by Sir William Gull and stemming from Greek origin, anorexia nervosa means a lack of desire to eat. Generally speaking, anorexia begins in adolescence and typically affects young girls.  However anorexia can and does affect everyone.  Admittance of the disease is commonly the biggest obstacle to overcome when dealing with someone who... Read More

What is “Disordered Eating”?

Given the constant emphasis our society places on being thin, it is not surprising that may people think dieting is both a normal and necessary part of life. However, constant attention to weight, calories, fat and body size can quickly turn into a destructive cycle of body dissatisfaction. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) states... Read More

The Hidden Dangers of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are among the most deadly of all mental illnesses. Individuals who suffer from this disorder have a distorted body image, which can trigger a number of dangerous behaviors. In a desperate attempt to control their weight they may binge and purge, severely restrict their eating, or exercise compulsively. While these behaviors alone are... Read More