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Causes of Eating Disorders: It’s Complicated

Causes of Eating Disorders: It’s Complicated

I complain a lot about the lack of common ground out there about eating disorders. There are theories posited in conversation and in the press and even in refereed professional journals giving definitive, yet unfounded theories on the causes of eating disorders. So, why the lack of common ground?

I don’t think it is deliberate, or a hidden agenda, or anyone’s greed or carelessness. I think it is JUST COMPLICATED.

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The Genetic Connection In Eating Disorders

The Genetic Connection In Eating Disorders

Back in 2002, when I first started learning about eating disorders, it was rare for the media to mention genetics. Now it is rare for it not to be mentioned. But how much further are we on this? The idea of a genetic predisposition to eating disorders still causes a range of reactions: from relief to ridicule.

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Failure to Gain Weight May Indicate Anorexia

Failure to Gain Weight May Indicate Anorexia

When most people think of anorexia, they think of weight loss. But often the first clue isn’t losing weight, it is a child failing to gain expected weight.

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Separating the Eating Disorder From the Patient

Separating the Eating Disorder From the Patient

At first your child’s new habits seem normal, even admirable: a diet or a new health-consciousness. Then it seems to be getting extreme: refusing to eat what the family is having, and questioning every ingredient. One day, you realize this isn’t a phase, this is an eating disorder.

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Ideal Body Weight: What Does it Mean?

Ideal Body Weight: What Does it Mean?

It sounds like a reasonable question: “What is your ideal body weight?” But beware: this is a technical term that is often confused for what it sounds like: an aesthetic ideal.

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I’m A Backstage Mom: Dancers and Eating Disorders

I’m A Backstage Mom: Dancers and Eating Disorders

I am a tap dance student, and last night was our yearly recital. As I stood in the wings, literally, reading a review copy for an upcoming book about anorexia, I was surrounded by dancers of all ages and shapes. As a job hazard, I watch the kids for signs of eating disorders. Since no one is eating on the stage – or face the wrath of Miss Linda – you may wonder what I’m looking for.

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Anorexia vs. Bulimia vs. Binge Eating Disorder: Why Fight?

Anorexia vs. Bulimia vs. Binge Eating Disorder: Why Fight?

When our family is dealing with a horrible situation, it is natural to want others to understand OUR issue. I wish it didn’t have to be a competition. We are all in this together.

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Disordered Eating and Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference?

Disordered Eating and Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference?

Disordered eating and eating disorder are two distinct things. Distinguishing between disordered eating and eating disorder is key to eating disorders recovery. Find out why.

I used to believe an eating disorder was a choice. I thought extreme food choices and overblown beliefs about food and weight and the body as eating disorders, by definition. I thought these weird food choices needed to be dealt with by explanations and logic and stern words. It was clear to me that people who fasted half the day were internalizing their moral asceticism and people who dieted and then overate were more silly than anything.

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DSM: Does It Matter How We Diagnose Eating Disorders?

DSM: Does It Matter How We Diagnose Eating Disorders?

The public doesn’t need help describing anorexia and bulimia and other eating disorders. Ask most people “What is anorexia?” and they’ll have an answer, an opinion, and a list of people they know who have it. We can define it, but unfortunately our ideas are often wrong. That’s why we need the “DSM,” which stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual published by the American Psychiatric Association.

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    I just discovered your blog and have spent the last hour+ reading old posts. I want to thank you for this great info...About Laura Collins
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    Bridget, I know how you feel. My daughter is also 20 years old and it is discouraging. We thought she was on the ro...Death and Anorexia
  • Laura Collins
    Bridget, It is terrible, isn't it? I am so sorry for the suffering of your daughter and yourself. What helped me a ...Death and Anorexia

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