Are you preoccupied with thoughts of food? Restriction may be the cause

Intrusive food thoughts [image of business woman at computer looking distracted]

If you find that you are thinking about food all day, having trouble concentrating, or even having trouble sleeping, the reason might be simpler than you think: You might not be eating enough. People I see are often surprised to learn that what they think is healthy discipline is often highly disordered eating. We live …

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Is Weight Suppression Driving Your Binge Eating?

Is Weight Suppression Driving Your Binge Eating?

If you have bulimia nervosa, did you know that being at a weight that is too low for your body could be a problem? And that it could be driving your binge eating and other behaviors? Many people are aware that patients with anorexia nervosa need to gain weight in order to recover, but few …

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What Parents of Teens with Eating Disorders Need to Understand About Diet Culture

What Parents Need to Know About Diet Culture

  Many parents experience guilt when their teen is diagnosed with an eating disorder. Nearly every parent can point to a time they themselves dieted, opted not to have a dessert they really wanted, expressed a preference toward thinness, or discouraged their child from keeping eating. You may have done things to try to keep …

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When Eating Disorder Providers Are Steeped in Diet Culture

When Eating Disorder Providers are Steeped in Diet Culture

“People are concerned about the fact that I’m a therapist and have an eating disorder, and I’m like, ‘You’re concerned about me? I’m concerned about our entire fucking field.’” — Shira Rose, FoodPsych with Christy Harrison This quote has generated a lot of reactions. In this podcast, Shira—who lives in a larger body when she …

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Sweatin’ for the Wedding: Say, “I don’t.”

Sweating for the Wedding? Say: I Don’t.

by Carolyn Comas, LCSW, CEDS-S In November 2018, my boyfriend proposed to me. It was one of the most exciting days of my life thus far. With a proposal comes the next exciting chapter: wedding planning. For many brides-to-be, this entails finding that perfect gown. Sadly, although not surprising, once I got on bridal mailing …

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To the Family Member Who Worries I Am Not Helping Your Loved One’s “Weight Problem”

Dear Family Member, I understand your fears. I get it. You want the best for your loved one. You want him or her to have the best and healthiest and fullest life possible. I do too. You believe that helping your loved one to lose weight will help achieve these goals. Here, I disagree—I will …

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On Living 100 years in Diet Culture

Living 100 years in Diet Culture

I recently went to visit my 102-year-old grandmother. In 1921, at the age of six, Nana emigrated from Russia to Kansas City. She entertains her living facility with her piano playing and loves to talk all day. She continues to leave sassy messages on my phone. She sends thoughtful gifts to her great grandkids. With …

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Don’t Diet! 10 Alternative New Year’s Resolutions

non-diet new years resolutions

I am skeptical of New Years’ Resolutions in general because I think they promote all-or-nothing thinking (I also don’t like to categorize entire years as being bad or good for this reason). I don’t feel that one needs to wait for the year to reset to make changes in one’s life. I  am anti-diet and dread …

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I’m not the villain! My side of the story… by Starch

By Katie Grubiak, RDN Hey, I have something to say! Don’t forget my importance! Although maligned by Atkins and many others, I’m not really the bad guy. This is why: I contain the falsely feared primary energy source in the diet: carbohydrate.  My carbohydrates along with those found in the fruit & milk groups should …

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