More than 70 million Americans are battling obesity, and another 25 million are struggling with binge eating disorder. To a large extent, treatment for these conditions has focused on dieting and weight loss. But a newer, more effective form of treatment is emerging: integrative medicine.
The treatment of eating disorders is a complex process. Though they are designated as a mental disorder, there are many physical aspects of eating disorders that require the combination of both psychological treatment and physical treatment by a range of healthcare professionals.
When you think of eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, you usually think of women who are obsessed with their weight and image. Today, anorexia is taking on a new face and is now common in men. Sometimes called “manorexia,” eating disorders are causing men across the globe to become absorbed in their image…
Breakfast has always been touted as the most important meal of the day. However, many people skip it altogether or grab something convenient but unhealthy as they scramble through their morning routine.
Eating disorders such as bulimia, and to some extent, anorexia, can go undiagnosed for years, especially when the person does not seek medical treatment. Both illnesses are characterized by a distorted self-image that changes how the person sees herself and feels about her body and its relationship with food.
Eating disorder experts are beginning to see a significant increase in the number of adults who are being admitted for treatment. While it is common for eating disorders to develop during adulthood, especially following a traumatic event like a divorce or death of an immediate family member, often the adult is experiencing a resurfacing of…
In the magazine industry, Photoshopping has become rampant. Images are never what they seem; women who seem too beautiful or too thin to be real probably aren’t. Because teens and children may not be able to understand the extent to which pictures have been altered, they may expect that they should be able to pull…
Those in the eating disorder treatment industry have known anecdotally that there are increasing numbers of children being enrolled in treatment for eating disorders. However, recent information released by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that the prevalence of eating disorders in children is increasing at shocking rates.
Although many people find it difficult to diet and lose weight, people suffering from anorexia nervosa can actually diet themselves to death, and many die from starvation and its effects on the body. A new study gives insight as to why these symptoms can occur in people with anorexia.
Eating disorders have often been linked to extreme behaviors used to control caloric intake. Methods like avoiding meals, extreme exercise, and taking laxatives or purging are all behaviors associated with eating disorders.