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INTEGRATING DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY WITH OA

INTEGRATING DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY WITH OA   A colleague and long-time benefactor of OA, Molly Carmel, who coincidently directs an eating disorder clinic in NYC, introduced me to the concept of “dialectical abstinence.” Although I had never heard of the phrase, it seemed to have a familiar “ring” to it.  In fact, I’m certain it’s […]

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EATING DISORDERS – STILL A MYSTERY

Eating Disorders – Still a Mystery Let’s begin this article with an important “disclaimer” – namely no one has a definitive answer as to what causes an eating disorder and, more importantly, one definitive approach to treatment that offers a cure or is “superior” to another. Although I tend to subscribe to the belief a […]

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HEDONIC HUNGER: BULIMIA, BINGE EATING, COMPULSIVE EATING AND OBESITY

“Hedonic Eating” literally translates to “pleasure eating.” It refers to eating in the absence of biological need or hunger. From my standpoint it describes a pattern of disordered eating that contributes to the current rise with eating disorders and obesity. With few exceptions it involves cravings for highly palatable foods – usually sugar laden, unhealthy […]

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EATING DISORDERS AND RELATED MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS

Although eating disorders are considered emotional illnesses with addictive elements associated with them, restricting and malnutrition, bingeing, purging and over-exercise behaviors can seriously impact the physical health of someone. That said, medical complications often accompany people with eating disorders. It is imperative these medical issues be recognized and treated at the same time the addictive […]

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DENTAL PROBLEMS WITH ANOREXIA, BULIMIA, AND BINGE EATING DISORDERS

Dental Problems with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders Although eating disorders are often accompanied by a variety of physical and emotional complications, perhaps the most painful are those leading to severe dental problems. To be sure, there is some overlap with respect to the specific impact each type of eating disorder has on our […]

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12 STEP PROGRAMS FOR EATING DISORDERS AND SMART RECOVERY

Written By: Marty Lerner PhD CEO, Milestones in Recovery SMART* Recovery and 12-Step Programs In the world of Addiction Treatment there are several choices one has in the way of utilizing and attending a community based support group. Should one look more closely at what is offered to those with an eating disorder the choices […]

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COMPULSIVE OVEREATING AND BRAIN CHEMISTRY

Question: For the food addict is the solution to their addiction a food plan abstaining from sugar and flour laden or high glycemic foods, and, is this always and forever? Food, unlike cocaine, is necessary in life and all around us. I find it difficult to imagine that an individual will realistically be able to […]

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WHAT IS COMPULSIVE OVEREATING?

Compulsive overeating is a psychological illness characterized by the sufferer frequently eating excessive amounts of food, sometimes even when they are not hungry. Most of the overeating does not take the form of binges but the sufferer may pick at food or “graze” throughout the day. Compulsive overeating is not the same as binge-eating disorder, […]

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IS OA FOR YOU?

Now that you have found Overeaters Anonymous, you may want to make sure the program is right for you. Many of us have found it useful to answer the following questions to help determine if we have a problem with compulsive eating. Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body […]

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RICHMOND VA SUPPORT GROUP

Milestones holds an ongoing eating disorder/food addiction support group in the Richmond VA area. The group is scheduled to meet on Wednesday of every quarter from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (excluding holiday weekends) There is no fee for attending and the meeting is open to anyone interested in participating – friends, family and those […]

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