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What Role Does the Family Play in An Eating Disorder?

The family is either going to be positive or negative, there is no such thing as neutral when it comes to the impact of a family member on the eating disorder.  Therapists err when they fail to recognize the powerful role that the family plays in the recovery process.  Because many traditional therapists believe that it is a “boundary violation” to involve family members in treatment, they effectively create a situation which makes it less likely that the patient will recover.  Excluding the family creates a sense of helplessness and futility for them and isolates the patient even further. Parents must understand what to expect in terms of the recovery process or they may inadvertently derail it and therapists must ...

Incidence and Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

The US Dept of Health and Human Services task force reports: 10 million females and 1 million males have life threatening eating disorders 87 percent are children and adolescents under the age of twenty By age 13, 10% of girls had reported the use of self-induced vomiting Risk Factors for Different Groups   Teens: Early puberty is a primary risk factor for the onset of eating disorders among teens. Males: The number of males with eating disorders has doubled in the past 10 years, certain sports, homosexuality Women: Increasing numbers of women aged 20 – 50 seeking help for eating disorders they have harbored secretly for twenty or thirty years.   Health Consequences of Eating Disorders:   Eating disorders are ...
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Relationship Between Obesity and Eating Disorders?

photo used under a creative commons license There is an epidemic of obesity in the US today. Consider the following: 1 in 3 Americans is overweight 1 in 5 or 129.6 million are obese 70% of Americans dieted in 2007 95% of all diets fail if exercise is not part of the program Yo-yo dieting leads to eating disorders and may be the single most common “cause” of disordered eating In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying that they would prefer to have cancer, lose both their parents, or live through a nuclear holocaust than to be fat. 80% of girls in grades 3 to 6 displayed body image concerns and dissatisfaction with their appearance 81% of ...
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Childhood Obesity

15% of children and adolescents 6-19 are overweight and another 15% are at risk 10% of preschool children 2-5 are overweight 1 in 5 children are currently obese For those who are obese at 10-13 years of age, they are 70% more likely to be obese as adults Self-esteem is negatively affected and may result in the development of personality disturbances that last a lifetime. If you are looking for childhood obesity treatment in Cincinnati, there is help! Schedule a consultation with me at 513-300-8042. Sources: Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm) Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be ...
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Bulimarexia: Why Are We Seeing More of It?

There is definitely an increase in the number of patients coming my way who are Bulimarexic, or suffering from symptoms of both Anorexia and Bulimia.  This is consistent with the information we have seen from our online survey. Please take the survey if you haven’t already done so! Check out the chart for percentages of individuals reporting the type of Eating Disorder from which they are suffering. The survey has been up for approximately two years.  The number of people reporting being Bulimarexic has tripled in that time. One year ago the percentage for Bulimarexia was only 24.9%, now it is nearly 48%!// // (Part of this is likely due to increased familiarity with the term.) The question is why? ...
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