Anorexia Library

  • A Chance to Live
    Inside every human being is a drive. Sometimes the drive is clear cut: he or she wants to be a doctor, a lawyer, a wife, a mother, a husband, a father, or something else entirely. ...
  • The Eating Disorder Beast Can Be Beaten
    I'm 15 years old, it's 3:00 p.m., school is out and I can't wait to get home and be alone. I'm dizzy, lightheaded, and cold. As I go to my locker to get ...
  • Purge: Rehab Diaries
    In our society, eating disorders are mostly misunderstood and glamorized. We’re told that everyone with an eating disorder is skin and bones. That just by looking at someone we can easily spot the starvation, the ...
  • Q & A with Eating Disorder Specialist Sari Fine Shepphird: Part 1
    Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D, a Los Angeles clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist, is the author of 100 Questions & Answers about Anorexia Nervosa. Psych Central contributor Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., spoke with her about ...
  • Demystifying Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    Some dismiss body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as vanity; others believe it’s a rare and extreme condition. Though many misconceptions continue to circulate, BDD is a real, fairly common body image disorder. It affects men and ...
  • Overeating: It’s All In Your Head
    The following is an excerpt from the book Three Minute Therapy and focuses on the topic of overeating and how cognitive-behavioral techniques can be used to help a person overcome this concern. They say that inside ...
  • Restrained Eaters May ‘Let Go’ During Pregnancy
    Women who usually are restrained eaters tend to gain more weight than other women when they're pregnant, say researchers. Excess weight gain may be linked to child obesity, so a team from the University of ...
  • The Psychology of Diets
    Evidence suggests that our dietary habits and the decisions we make about what we eat are acquired over several years, but what psychological processes underpin this kind of learning? And why do preferences vary across ...
  • Study Gives Hope for Anorexics’ Future
    Previous research has indicated a high rate of mortality and illness for patients with anorexia nervosa. A recent Swedish study, however, found positive long-term outcomes for adolescent anorexics. Dr. Frank Lindblad and colleagues at ...
  • A Family Guide to Eating Disorders, Part 2: Identification and Treatment
    In Part 1 of this Guide, we focused on strategies for preventing the development of eating disorders in children. In Part 2, we will turn to the warning signs of eating disorders, how to get ...
  • A Family Guide to Eating Disorders, Part 1: Prevention
    How much should you worry if your teenager starts to claim she's not hungry, eliminates foods from her diet, or expresses worry about becoming fat? When does "fussy" or diet-like eating go too far? How ...
  • What To Do if a Family Member Has an Eating Disorder
    Accept that there are no quick and easy solutions for recovery from an eating disorder. Therapists, physicians and other eating disorder experts have no magic cure. If your loved one is to get lasting recovery, ...
  • Treatment and Management of Eating Disorders
    Persons with eating disorders often have difficulty admitting that they have a serious problem, and in many cases, particularly with anorexia, family or friends must persuade the individual to seek treatment. In treating anorexia nervosa, the ...
  • Fitness Magazines and Eating Disorders: Is There a Relationship?
    It's long been held that waif-thin models posing in fashion and beauty magazines encourage young women to follow unhealthy eating habits—possibly bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Now, researchers at Brigham Young University have discovered "thin is ...
  • An Introduction to Anorexia Nervosa
    Right now, one percent of all American women—our sisters, mothers and daughters—are starving themselves; some literally starving and exercising themselves to death. Eating disorders are becoming an epidemic, especially among our most promising young women. ...
  • An Introduction to Bulimia Nervosa
    People with bulimia nervosa do two things. First, they eat. Second, they work very hard to get rid of what they have eaten. People with bulimia binge eat. That is, in a small amount of ...
  • Accepting Your Body
    It's time for some sound advice on achieving a quality lifestyle instead of dieting again. Ninety-five percent of all women don't have the ideal body type portrayed by the media, and up to 60 percent ...
  • Relapse Prevention
    Once you have made a change, how do you maintain it? What is the difference between a lapse and a relapse? How can you recognize when a relapse is likely? A lifestyle change is not easy ...
  • All About Eating Disorders
    Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are both eating disorders. Anorexia involves people who intentionally starve themselves when they are already underweight. Individuals with anorexia have a body weight that is 15 percent or more below ...
  • Behavioral Therapy, Medications and Anorexia
    No medications are available that effectively treat patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, but a few behavioral therapies may help prevent a relapse and offer other limited benefits, according to a new review of currently available ...
  • Defeating Depression’s Funk-to-Fat Cycle
    For many depressed people, exercise is excruciating. But it may be what they need to recover. As many depression sufferers can attest, feeling down is likely to lead to slowing down. It's not uncommon for once-active ...