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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]