EATING DISORDERS AND FOOD ADDICTION

What are eating disorders? Eating disorders are typically associated with various maladaptive patterns of behavior related to food, it’s consumption, and the ensuing effects on a person’s emotional and physical well-being.   It may, or may not, include attempts to offset the “consequences” of these behaviors by the use or abuse of compensatory agents and behaviors […]

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 […]

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 […]

BRAIN CHEMISTRY AND ANOREXIA

There are two divergent groups of brain imaging folks who believe dopamine [the “feel good” neurotransmitter] plays a role in disrupting the experience of hunger and appetite with those who restrict. Basically there are two theories on the table today. The first suggests over eating types of eating disorders involve dopamine serving as the “reward” […]

DESCRIPTION OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Anorexia nervosa is a psychological illness with often devastating physical consequences. The sufferer usually has a morbid fear of weight gain and becoming fat, although this is not the case for all anorectics. Those suffering from anorexia will deprive themselves of food (and sometimes liquids), leading to weight loss and, usually, a variety of physical […]