Hello!  I am thrilled to be able to discuss eating disorders, body image, the media, weight, and dieting practices as it affects minority populations and men.  Research has clearly recognized that eating disorders affect people irrespective of ethnicity, gender, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.  Our job now is to talk about the issues that are facing us today, in order to better address them.  In years past, issues of eating disorders have not been…

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I am excited to be in my home state of Texas. If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, please visit me tomorrow night. Here are details about a cool event:

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Sometimes when I’m around food with others, I sit back and listen to what they have to say. Occasionally they’ll feel self-conscious in my presence, as if they should censor their comments because I’m an “eating expert,” but, honestly, most of the time they just go about their business. It’s the nature of being a therapist that I’m almost always processing and interpreting behavior (my own and everyone else’s!) and, like a photographer who sees all life as if through the lens of a camera, I can’t help but observe how people act around food.

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What’s up with this country’s fascination with eating disorders? Last month, I blogged about a new kid on the block called orthorexia nervosa, an obsession with nutritious eating whose goal is to be pure and internally clean—ie, no fats or preservatives, next to no calories, and needing to know everything nutritional and source-wise about foods.

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Dear Readers,

A new study of eating disorders among high school students is getting alot of press. Researchers in a study (published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders this month, April 2008) found a small “clustering effect” in female students. This means that girls who live in the same county with girls who either starve, diet, over-exercise, binge, or use diet pills are 4 percent to 10 percent more likely to engage in eating disordered behaviors than if they lived in counties where these behaviors are rare. These results are leading some to conclude that eating disorders are contagious. I worry that too much focus on “contagion” could lead to isolation and discrimination against girls with serious eating disorders.

Read More Are Eating Disorders Contagious? I Don’t Think So!

If you’re convinced you won’t amount to anything, will never finish what you start, and are doomed to have the same crummy struggles throughout your life, you may be programmed for failure. Believing you’ll never become a “normal” eater is a sure fire way not to. Whether you’re battling under- or overeating (or a yo-yo combo), you have to think you can succeed in order to beat your demons.

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Dear Readers,

This week has had interesting reports from Europe. First, France is
considering legislation that would make promoting eating disorders a
crime punishable by fines and imprisonment. Though it is hard to
imagine how one could prove that this website or that diet caused an
eating disorder, but nevertheless, it is a good sign that the French
are beginning to take eating disorders seriously.

Read More French and British Politicians Make Eating Disorder Headlines

Dear Readers, I just finished a new book that many of you will want to know about, Unlocking the Mysteries of Eating Disorders: A Life-Saving Guide to Your Child’s Treatment and Recovery (McGraw Hill, 2008). It is written by David B. Herzog, M.D., a Harvard psychiatry professor and head of The Harris Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; Debra L. Franko, Ph.D., a Northeastern University psychology professor and Harris Center associate director, and Pat Cable, R.N.,…

Read More Unlocking the Mysteries of Eating Disorders

Whether you view eating problems as a disease or not may determine your ability to recover. When we think of diseases, we often believe we have to wait until they’ve run their course or that we need to find an external cure. Couple this attitude with the standard model used to heal from addictions–that once you have severe drug, sex, alcohol, or gambling problems, you’ll have them for life–and a condition can feel like destiny.

Read More Choice or Disease

Last weekend, I received a call from Andrea, a former patient who is
away at college. Andrea called me from a hospital emergency room in
tears because a doctor had just told her that she didn’t look anorexic.

Read More You Don’t Look Anorexic!