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Binge Eating Linked to Suicide Attempts, Anxiety, and Depression

Binge Eating Linked to Suicide Attempts, Anxiety, and Depression

  Given the images that flood Western culture, it isn’t surprising that many young girls develop eating disorders. It also isn’t surprising that the presence of eating disorders is linked to a raised risk of suicide and other psychiatric problems. In a new study from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, researchers found that young women who have habits of binge-eating report more suicide attempts, as well as other psychiatric problems such as … Read entire article »

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Binge Eating Disorder Common Among Bipolar Patients

Binge Eating Disorder Common Among Bipolar Patients

  A few years ago, a study established a link between bipolar disorder and eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder (Jones). Recently, another study was performed that showed a high rate of people suffering from bipolar disorder also display symptoms of binge-eating disorder. Their study also shows that this subgroup seems to be more severely mentally ill, and that they are more likely to develop or show signs of other psychiatric and health … Read entire article »

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Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

  My name is David and I am an addict. For years I was addicted to marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs, and now I am clean. I was addicted to cigarettes, and now I don’t smoke anymore. I am also a food addict and a diabetic. However, even though I don’t crave “substances” on a daily basis and believe I have put that chapter behind me, certain foods are still difficult for me to consume in … Read entire article »

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Eating Disorders in Pop Culture

Eating Disorders in Pop Culture

  In the industries of acting, singing, and modeling, eating disorders run rampant. People in Hollywood and the public eye often go to great lengths to reach and retain an unrealistic, unhealthy body size while stars with healthy bodies are bashed in the media for their weight. The portrayal of beauty and success in pop culture has a huge negative impact on society, particularly on young girls who are misled to believe that the key to … Read entire article »

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Unhealthy Eating Makes a Bad Mood Worse

Unhealthy Eating Makes a Bad Mood Worse

  Taking part in unhealthy eating behaviors may cause women who are concerned about their diet and self-image to experience a worsening of their moods, according to Penn State researchers. In a study, college-age women who were concerned about their eating behaviors reported that moods worsened after bouts of disordered eating, said Kristin Heron, research associate at the Survey Research Center. “There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors,” said Heron.  … Read entire article »

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What You Crave and Why

What You Crave and Why

People may experience different cravings that compel them to compulsively seek foods, substances or behaviors. Cravings that repeatedly arise have the potential to give birth to full-on addiction if not well-managed. Most of the time, someone’s cravings are only satiated by what they crave. Usually that’s something that isn’t necessarily good for us, such as fast food, ice cream, alcohol, drugs or watching TV. There are some cases where cravings that arise lead us to … Read entire article »

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Poor Pregnancy Diet Linked to Children Becoming Junk Food Addicts

Poor Pregnancy Diet Linked to Children Becoming Junk Food Addicts

  Almost all pregnant women need to get more protein, more of certain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and iron, and more calories (for energy).  But adding calories doesn’t mean “eating for two.”  If you start off at a healthy weight, you need no extra calories during the first trimester, about 300 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester.  Many pregnant women … Read entire article »

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Hunger Games? Nope. Hunger Pains!

  As a woman, I can definitely attest to the fact that girls get more hungry before their periods. Sometimes I feel like I can eat right through a cement wall! In fact, it’s been scientifically proven. (Well, not the part where I can eat cement. Cause that would be kind of weird, don’t you think?) Why is it though, that women see such an appetite increase during the week right before their periods? Some say that it’s because of an increased amount of calories burned at a basal metabolic rate, while other scientists believe that the progesterone released has an appetite increasing effect. The basal metabolic rate, or BMR, is the amount of calories someone burns while they’re simply sitting or sleeping. However, when a female is about to menstruate, her … Read entire article »

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Eating Disorders When You are Over 50

Eating Disorders When You are Over 50

  Eating disorders have traditionally been thought of as something that primarily affect adolescents and young women, but a recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders has revealed new evidence that eating disorders are affecting many more mature women, some for the first time in their life. According to the study, called the Gender and Body Image Study, up to 13 percent of the women aged 50 years or older who were surveyed struggle … Read entire article »

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The Brain Loves Sugar

The Brain Loves Sugar

  Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.  Being overweight, says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, can be a clear-cut case of too much of a good thing — specifically dopamine, a feel-good chemical that gets released in your brain when you eat something delicious like sugar. Facts about Sugar: The average American eats 156 lbs of added sugar a year. We consume almost 500% more soft drinks than we did in the 1940’s, according … Read entire article »

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