We all know how hard it can be for a patient with an eating disorder to find the motivation to enter and stick with treatment. (Because I work in a hospital setting, I use the word “patient” rather than client.) Whether you suffer from an eating disorder yourself, are a loved one of someone who has one, or are a clinician, it’s clear that sustaining motivation is one of the greatest challenges. So many of my patients—brilliant…

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Always staying slightly below weight—who cares? I am a pediatric eating disorder doctor and try my best to see people only until age 21. Why is this hard? Because I have a great treatment team and good treatment is hard to come by, so we sometimes run into deserving and desperate adult patients, whom we simply must refer to adult providers. I say this so that the readers of this blog may put my recommendations…

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Bone Health and Anorexia Nervosa in Women, Men, and Adolescents This month, the International Journal of Eating Disorders published a vital new study on the heightened risk of bone fractures in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. (See the Academy of Eating Disorder’s press release here: http://www.aedweb.org/web/index.php/2-uncategorised/141-press-release-increased-fracture-risk-for-girls-with-anorexia-nervosa) The authors identify for the first time that girls and young women with anorexia nervosa (AN) have a 60% increase in fractures compared with age-matched controls, even when bone…

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Every once in a while I come across enlightening and useful scientific studies which speak directly to actions that disregulated eaters can take to become healthier. Smart people use scientific conclusions (as opposed to irrational thinking or profit-driven marketing) to guide their actions to change behavior . Here are summaries of two studies and their take-away messages which I hope will help you move toward your health goals. “Nighttime Light Exposure as a Risk Factor for…

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