Why Teens Aren’t Seeking Treatment For Eating Disorder

A  recent study revealed that only 20% of teenagers struggling with an eating disorder seek treatment from a medical professional. As eating disorders may be difficult to diagnose and manage in this population, this figure further complicates an already challenging issue. This study utilized data collected from a national sample of adolescents ages 13 to […]

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Dieting and Weight Loss: Impact on Behavior, Mood and Thinking

Unfortunately, for many who struggle with disordered eating, life revolves around food and weight: planning for meals, feeling guilty post-eating, thinking about food, dreaming about it, frequent weighing, body checking…. In many of these individuals, this food/weight obsession exists alongside a restrictive approach to eating. It may be chronic dieting, “clean” eating, fasting, cleansing… In […]

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Mothers & Daughters: The “Ripple Effect” of Self Esteem

For months leading up to summer, it is hard to avoid hashtags and slogans that promote a “bikini body,” as if there is a certain body type that should be synonymous with going to the beach! In an effort to bring the joy back to summer, popular “Mommy Blogger”, Jill Smokler, founder of Scary Mommy, […]

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Genetic Origins of Anorexia Nervosa

For the first time, researchers have identified a location for anorexia nervosa within the genome. The ground-breaking study was carried out by the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium Eating Disorders Working Group at UNC Chapel Hill Medical School in an effort to identify a genetic basis for this illness. In recent years, researchers have developed an increased […]

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