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Being a Mama — With an Eating Disorder

Beginning at the age of 17, Judy Tsuei developed an eating disorder. The disorder didn’t leave as quickly as it came; it lasted for 15 years. It took a lot of intentionality and a desire to be better to face off with this thing that had plagued her for so long. Finally, she did it! […]

The Medical Explanation for Your Most Common Anorexia Symptoms

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose primarily because patients usually keep the disease’s signs and symptoms secret. There are, however, some common signs and symptoms that can aid in the diagnosis. Primarily, an eating disorder results in malnutrition and starvation, which in turn causes gastrointestinal issues. Physically a patient will complain of feeling full early, […]

Meditation: The Art and Gift of Slowing Down

Meditation has been shown to help those with an eating disorder.  Meditation allows you to not escape thoughts, but to more so retreat to a place of peacefulness, which allows you to recognize and accept an initial thought of anxiety, and then put it aside. Learning to acknowledge these thoughts is a gift. Many who try meditation have […]

The Spotlight: Athletes and Binge Eating Disorder

Fitness is widely viewed as a positive attribute and goal. However, it can, like many good things, have a shadow side. It’s one thing to want to look great in skinny jeans, or climb stairs without losing breathe, or even achieve a major life goal, like running a marathon. Unfortunately, though, for some athletes, the […]

How to Rewire Your Brain for Weight Loss

As a doctor of the brain and cognitive science, Some can tell you the research proves that the foods we consume today, and the way we consume them, quickly trigger changes in the brain that ultimately block weight loss by creating insatiable hunger and overpowering cravings. With the right food choices we can heal our […]

Relationship with Body Image and Mental Health

People all over the world struggle with issues, surrounding body image. Always a concern, for young girls, the problem is getting worse due to media image bombardment. Constant exposure to unrealistic standards of perfection. Computer enhanced imagery, impossible to achieve airbrushed perfection, can make women, and even men, of all ages feel uncomfortable about their […]

Knee Replacement Surgeries Should Not Be Precluded By Obesity

It’s normal for obese patients, with damaged knee joints, to be encouraged to lose weight. And likely enough, if they do, some notable improvement in function and feeling is likely to transpire. Yet, what if weight loss is not in the cards? We all know that not everyone can achieve what would be considered to […]

The Voice of an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are real, and they are very dangerous on top of that. Anorexia has the highest death rate out all mental illness. Some people think that people with eating disorders choose to have the illness, that it is all about their looks, or that there are no consequence to their health. As a matter […]

Effectiveness of Online Group Therapy For Eating Disorders

In the past, treatment for those with eating disorders wasn’t always easy to find. Fortunately, technology has changed all of that. Comprehensive treatment via online support groups and/or therapy is now available to virtually anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Online treatment could include medical and psychiatric care, medication management, […]

All About Eating Disorders

Experts discuss the symptoms, possible causes, as well as potential victims of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a condition in which a person intentionally starves themselves out of the fear of becoming fat, despite already being critically underweight (typically 15% or more below recommended weight levels based on […]