Eating Disorders Library

  • Challenging Body Distortions Through the Eyes of the Body
    Body image is the picture in our mind's eye of how we look to ourselves. It reflects our beliefs about how we think others perceive us ...
  • Food, The Good Girl’s Drug: How to Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings
    Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious eating disorder that affects about 2.8 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Yet, it’s vastly misunderstood, and books on BED are few and far ...
  • 9 Psychologist-Approved Must-Reads on Mental Health
    Psychologists are a discerning bunch when it comes to books. Because of their insider’s view of mental ...
  • Making the Most of Your Whole Self: Being an Embodied Therapist
    Since human beings communicate through their bodies long before they learn to talk, the language of ...
  • Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance
    Humans are obsessed with body image.  The media says we should look a certain way, else we be outcast and forgotten.  Although men do feel the need to have an attractive appearance, women are more ...
  • Choosing the Right Diet
    Starting a new weight-loss program can be intimidating. There are so many questions and so many different answers. With so much ...
  • The Voice of an Eating Disorder
    Many people have a difficult time comprehending eating disorders and their true intensity and severity. Myths abound: Eating disorders are a choice. (They’re ...
  • Getting on Track with Your Eating Behaviors
    For those who struggle with food and eating, the new year often brings the resolution to do better this time around: Lose ...
  • Do Carbohydrates Keep Dieters Happy?
    Low-carbohydrate diets may negatively affect dieters' well-being, researchers have found. A team from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia looked at ...
  • What We Eat: Morality and the Dinner Table
    We humans enjoy dividing things into categories. Doing so helps us form cognitive shortcuts and organize large sets of information. ...
  • Food, Family and the Holidays
    If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much ...
  • Wannarexia: What Parents Can Do
    Anorexia nervosa is a serious illness with dangerous health consequences and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Yet some people yearn ...
  • Size Does Not Equal a Healthy Body
    I will never forget the night my 6'3" tall, slender brother and his even taller, slender friend bought two tickets for the ...
  • Body Dissatisfaction and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy is associated with dramatic changes in women's body shape and size, and for many women, these changes trigger mixed emotions. For some, ...
  • Insecurity May Contribute to Obesity
    Researchers studying food behavior have identified a crucial element in overeating. Disinhibited eating is a pattern of behavior that involves eating too quickly and a repeated lack of success when dieting. Many studies show ...
  • Can Nutrition Help Fight or Ward Off Depression?
    Depression is a debilitating but widespread condition involving low mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Nutrition may have the potential to affect a person's risk of depression, its ...
  • 10 Tips to Ease Concerns About Your Weight
    Given the focus on weight by the health establishment, the government and the media, it is not surprising that many people in this country are anxiously asking the same question. And there is no shortage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Anticipated Fullness Is Crucial to Calorie Intake
    Experts have challenged two basic assumptions behind food choices and the causes of obesity. Drs. Jeff Brunstrom and Peter Rogers of the University of Bristol, UK, investigated the theory that we eat larger amounts of tasty ...
  • 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 ...
  • Are We Slaves to Hedonic Hunger?
    Psychologists looking for new ways to describe and explain eating behavior have come up with a novel phrase, "hedonic hunger." Dr. Michael R. Lowe and colleagues at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., describe the phenomenon as ...
  • Eating Too Quickly May Encourage Weight Gain
    Researchers studying food behavior have discovered that eating too quickly may be an important contributor to becoming overweight. Eating quickly previously has been linked to a higher body mass index, according to Prof. Hiroyasu ...