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What is Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa literally means loss of appetite but this is a misnomer: A person with anorexia nervosa is hungry, but he or she denies the hunger because of an irrational...

What is Bigorexia?

For years most people have been familiar with the term anorexia and the idea that pressure to conform to cultural standards of thinness and beauty drives people to starve their...

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating is fairly new to the DSM-IV, and is still not fully recognized as its own disorder, often being lumped into the EDNOS category. While purging is not associated...

What Is Bulimia?

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurring periods of binge eating, during which large amounts of food are consumed in a short period of time -- sometimes as many as 20,000...

Chewing and Spitting

Quite often we hear from individuals who report that they struggle with chewing and spitting, that is, they chew their food and then spit it out before swallowing. Some may...

What is EDNOS?

According to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), there is a classification of disordered eating that falls outside of the criteria for Anorexia, Binge Eating and Bulimia....

Night Eating Syndrome

A large number of people report that they can eat well (i.e. healthy) all day, only to sabotage themselves each evening with eating large amounts of food throughout the night....

What is Orthorexia?

Orthorexia Nervosa is a form of disordered eating characterized by going to extremes in pursuit of a so-called healthy diet. Literally translated, it means "fixation on righteous eating." A person...

Eating Disorder Warning Signs

There are many warning signs that can help indicate when someone might be struggling with distorted views about eating and weight. While this is by no means an exhaustive list,...

Eating Disorder Risks

It may be common to have some kind of eating issue these days, but playing with food and weight can have a serious impact on our well-being. In fact, there are...

Preventing Eating Disorders

The statistics are alarming - some researchers estimate that at least 10 million women and 1 million men are struggling with eating disorders. 25 million are binge eaters, and an...