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In the News: Eating Disorders

In a society where "thin" is often equated with attractive, it is no surprise that women are 10 times more likely to suffer from bulimia than men. I have noticed lately that more research is being done on the complexities of eating disorders and the national discussion on this topic is becoming, well, more robust. Here are a few stories, studies and interviews on this subject that I wanted to share with you all.

At MSNBC, I just read that more research is being done on purging disorder. It is similar in many ways to bulimia, but more difficult to detect. Those that suffer from purging disorder are normal weights and they don't binge eat. They do, however, feel compelled to purge, usually by vomiting, even after eating only a small or normal amount of food. There are also long term health consequences associated with this disorder.

USA Today is reporting on behaviors that are considered precursors to anorexia. Women and girls who feel uncomfortable eating in public may be at risk for developing unhealthy relationships with food.

Binge Eating Disorder is a fairly common eating disorder and it has received more attention lately in the press. iVillage has created a quiz to help you determine if you have a problem with binge eating. It is an interesting diagnostic quiz and will get you thinking about your relationship with food.

Leslie at Weighting Game recently interviewed Dr. Stacey from the blog Every Woman Has an Eating Disorder. Dr. Stacey is a clinical psychologist and although the title of her blog might seem a little exaggerated, she feels women think about food and our bodies too much. Basically, we are not so healthy in our healthy obsessions.

If you are looking for some help on any of these issues, check out Something-Fishy. It is a great pro-recovery website dedicated to helping people recover from eating disorders.

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fmw fmw 9 years
If you are looking for a place for support with purging disorder, is an Eating Disorder support forum and has a board specific to Purging disorder! :D
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
And by "this site," I mean FitSugar of course :D
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
I think it's more that so many women are very much aware of their weight nowadays, and are constantly trying to manage it. If that's what she means, I agree. Thank you for posting the link to Something Fishy. That place helped me out so much. It's been four years since I got treatment for exercise and purging bulimia, and I can say that I'm recovered now. It doesn't mean that I don't think about my weight, and it doesn't mean I don't ever feel bad about it, but I certainly would not hurt myself in that way again. This site especially has helped me become so much healthier.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
i" somewhat agree with "every woman has an eating disorder" statement" --almostloli ditto.
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
It doesn't mean all women have eating disorders as in anorexia, bulimia etc...but that most women have a somewhat warped relationship with food. At least that's what I got from it.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
All women have eating disorders? Are you serious? Please don't believe everything you read!
nutmeg21 nutmeg21 9 years
Something-Fishy is such a wonderful website! It motivated me to seek counseling & recovery for my eating disorder. Thank you so much for posting that link. It is sad because it seems like most people realize how common eating disorders are among women, yet not much is really being done about it. I hope with all my heart that people will start to get more proactive, so we can prevent the next generation from inheriting this disease. I would also like to suggest reading "The Beauty Myth" it has some great information on body image among women. :)
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i somewhat agree with "every woman has an eating disorder" statement
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have personally dealt with a "purging disorder" for over 10 years. It is hard to detect, much harder than "normal" bulimia or anorexia because i dont binge eat.
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