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October 31, 2019

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and a Culture of Perfection

  • Eating Disorders, OCD, Patients and Families, Women

Body dysmorphic disorder is an obsessive-compulsive related disorder that has garnered some media attention recently. Contrary to the offhand way it sometimes referred to in the media, body dysmorphic disorder is a serious mental health condition with potentially severe consequences. Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder are preoccupied with what they see as flaws in their physical appearance. They believe they look ugly or abnormal. These flaws are not noticeable to others or only seem to others as very minor.

October 02, 2019

Overtraining and Under Eating: Athletes at Risk of RED-S Syndrome

  • By Claudia L. Reardon M.D., Christina Friedl
  • Eating Disorders, Patients and Families

Regular exercise typically improves mood, promotes better sleep, and prevents health problems such as high blood pressure. However, if people exercise too much, as Katie Kirk did, they can experience a wide range of negative health effects.

February 01, 2019

Eating Disorders, Weight-Shaming and “Clean” Eating

  • Addiction, Eating Disorders, Patients and Families, Women

Eating disorders affect all kinds of people: women, men, young and old and from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many factors likely contribute to developing eating disorders, including a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Having a close relative with an eating disorder or a history of dieting are risk factors. High levels of body image dissatisfaction and setting unrealistically high expectations for oneself (perfectionism) also increase the risk

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