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Choosing Health at Every Size (HAES)

Choosing Health at Every Size (HAES)

I can always stand to lose a few pounds. I love food and may easily drift into an increasingly sedentary lifestyle without realizing it until my body aches with disuse and my jeans are too tight. Lately I’ve been practicing what I now recognize as a kind of Health at Every Size (HAES) approach.

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Taking Back Our Bodies: Challenging Female Body Image Issues

Taking Back Our Bodies: Challenging Female Body Image Issues

Body image consists of our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions about our bodies, how we believe others see our bodies, and how we feel inside our bodies. When we see ourselves accurately, accept the way we look, and feel good about our bodies, we have a positive body image. But many of us, perhaps particularly women and girls, don’t like the way we look and struggle daily to meet the unrealistic, impossible demands we place on ourselves. And for some, distorted body image can lead to depression, even eating disorders.

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Understanding Exercise Addiction

Understanding Exercise Addiction

Like millions of other Americans, I don’t get enough exercise. I’m more keenly aware of that fact in the month of January, when every gym and athletic goods store ramps up their advertising efforts to take advantage of the New Year fitness fever. But that doesn’t mean I’ll do anything about it. Ultimately, it’s just not that important to me. For some people, the opposite is true – exercise is one of the most important things to them. Does that mean they have an exercise addiction? How do you know if you’re over-exercising?

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It’s Time to Talk about Binge Eating Disorder

It’s Time to Talk about Binge Eating Disorder

When I think of eating disorders I think of anorexia and bulimia. I think of starvation and compulsive exercising. I’ve heard of binge eating disorder (BED), but binge eaters aren’t forefront in my mind when I hear the words “eating disorder.” Watching our video interview with Chevese Turner, founder and president of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, I discovered that my ideas about eating disorders are sorely out of balance.

cheveewebversionBinge Eating Disorder Is More Prevalent than Anorexia or Bulimia

I suspect I’m not alone in my ignorance about the prevalence of binge eating disorder. Many binge eaters suffer in silence, unaware of the millions who also struggle with the symptoms of binge eating disorder. Chevese Turner started the Binge Eating Disorder Association when she realized just how many people it affects.

I was searching the Internet and came across a study from Harvard that reported 3.5% of women and 1.5% of men in the US had BED.

Binge eating accounts for the largest group of those affected by eating disorders. In fact, it makes up three times the number of anorexics and bulimics combined.

Why Aren’t We Talking about Binge Eating Disorder?

It stands to reason that a disorder affecting an estimated 9 to 15 million individuals would get plenty of attention. But when it comes to eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia are the headliners. My guess is there are a lot of reasons for that, including:

  • Time. Binge eating disorder is still the new kid on the block, so to speak. It’s a relatively recent diagnosis, compared with anorexia in particular which was first considered a disease in the late 19th century.
  • Misconceptions. Because most binge eaters don’t look the way we expect the eating disordered to – underweight and malnourished – their plight often goes unnoticed.
  • Shame. Mental illness and shame are old bedfellows, and binge eating disorder isn’t breaking the mold there. Ashamed of binge eating, many people keep it a secret.

No matter the reasons for all the silence, binge eating disorder affects too many people to stay hidden. Says Chevese:

Millions of individuals suffer in silence, because they do not realize that they have an eating disorder. Those who are overweight or obese are told they are fat and are dually battling weight bias. Others suffer inside a “normal” weight body …. It is time to talk about binge eating disorder and bring help and hope to those who need it. Please join me.

Video on Binge Eating Disorder

Watch Chevese Turner discuss binge eating disorder and her own experiences with binge eating in our binge eating disorder video interview with her.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Binge Eating Disorder Experiences

Have you been diagnosed with binge eating disorder? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Eating Disorder Recovery: How One Woman Found Freedom

Eating Disorder Recovery: How One Woman Found Freedom

Is complete recovery from an eating disorder possible? Nina says she beat an eating disorder and gave up diets for good. Watch eating disorder recovery video.

I went on my first diet in 2000. I lost a lot of weight but grew disturbingly obsessed with food and dropping even more weight. I stopped going out, I lost friends, I refused to eat out at restaurants and my weight plummeted to a new low where I lost my period and had to be hospitalized.

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Seduced by Anorexia Nervosa

Seduced by Anorexia Nervosa

Angela Lackey developed Anorexia Nervosa at 42. She talks about how her life with anorexia started. Watch anorexia video.

Why would a person purposefully starve, even to the point of death? “There is something very seductive about not eating very much, thinking that those around you are weak and have to eat,” says Angela Lackey, our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show speaking about her experience with anorexia nervosa. “It makes you feel strong and special; you don’t think about the fact that you can die from anorexia and that many people do die from anorexia.”

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PTSD: What’s It Like Living with PTSD?

PTSD: What’s It Like Living with PTSD?

An abusive father led Melissa into a life with PTSD, eating disorders, depression. In this PTSD video, she discusses what it's like living with PTSD. Watch.

The general public used to associate PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder with soldiers in war zones. Now we know that anyone who has been in or witnessed a consistently highly stressful, traumatic or life-threatening situation can develop PTSD. And in so saying, life for Melissa has been anything but kind. Exposed to all types of abuse since the age of five, Melissa finds living with PTSD a living hell. But she’s taking positive steps and getting treatment for PTSD.

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Eating Disorders Recovery: Information for Parents

Eating Disorders Recovery: Information for Parents

Laura Collins, author of Eating With Your Anorexic, says parents aren’t to blame for their child’s eating disorder and should play a greater role in eating disorders recovery.

Eating With Your Anorexic author and HealthyPlace blogger, Laura Collins, has a bold message for parents of children and teens with eating disorders – “It’s not your fault!”

A lot of the information on the causes of eating disorders points the finger at parents.  Parents, says Collins, are blamed by many researchers and treatment professionals as playing some role in the causes of eating disorders in their children. She wants more evidence-based research into the causes of eating disorders as well as eating disorders treatment recommendations.

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When Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed

When Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed

If you're an adult woman with anorexia or bulimia, what do you do if earlier attempts at eating disorders recovery have failed? Watch our interview to find out.

The upcoming HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show is for adult women. Our topic is: What to Do When Earlier Attempts at Eating Disorders Recovery Have Failed.

Some 10 to 15 percent of women suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or maladaptive eating attitudes according to a new study from the Université de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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Recovering From Compulsive Overeating with Josie Lenore

Recovering From Compulsive Overeating with Josie Lenore

Josie Lenore began using food for emotional soothing at age 9. By 17, she was a compulsive overeater. Her life and recovery from compulsive overeating here.

Stopping compulsive overeating isn’t as simple as just saying you’ll quit. As HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft explains in this week’s blog post, there’s a significant emotional component to compulsive overeating.

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