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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

EATING DISORDERS IN LATER LIFE

“Strikingly, things are as bad in this age group as they are in the younger age groups. I was sort of gobsmacked that 8% reported purging in the last five years,” says researcher Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, in Chapel Hill. Additionally, Bulik says, 3.5% of […]

WINNING THE FIGHT OVER BINGE EATING

She would buy 5-gallon buckets of vanilla and consume the entire container, drizzled in chocolate sauce in less than a week. Bowl after bowl, quart after quart, she felt powerless to stop herself from opening the freezer and digging in. In January 2007, she saw the 247 pounds on her 5-foot-9 frame increase and was […]

BINGE EATING DISORDER

As to the issue of consequences or potential risks associated with Binge Eating, a recent article in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences reveals binge eaters have up to a fourfold increase in being unable to perform “normal daily activities” – sometimes referred to as ADLs [activities of daily living]. These can include proper hygiene, preparing meals, […]