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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Anorexia doesn't only affect girls

By Youth Resources

In 1999, the Australian band Silverchair skyrocketed to the top of the charts with the hit single, "Ana's Song (Open Fire)."

This group was a rock phenomenon at the time, primarily due to the talents of their lead singer, Daniel Johns. In the summer of that year, a story exploded on the news revealing Daniel's life-long struggle with anorexia, a condition he immortalized in the band's popular radio hit.
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Young men are dealing equally with body image issues and pressures as their female counterparts.  What can make anorexia more difficult to diagnose in males?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anorexia Nervosa: Dying to Be Thin


Demi Lovato, Jessica Simpson, and Mary-Kate Olsen are examples of teen idols, who have fallen prey to Madison Avenue seduction. These young women should give us pause when we recognize that our children idolize them. We must ask ourselves two simple questions. The first question is, “What images are being imprinted upon my child that could alter a positive body image?” The second question is, “How can I instill a positive body image in my child and avoid an eating disorder?”
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What are ways to encourage your child to develop a positive body image in a society saturated with a negative portrayals of body and food?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fighting pregorexia

Written by: Ginny Butler

One woman speaks out from the hidden world of pregnancy plagued by eating disorders.

Maggie Baumann now willingly admits to the harrowing inner conflict she endured as an anorexic mom-to-be. But back when she was carrying her second child, she was a much different woman, a woman wracked with shame about her private hell of extreme dieting and obsessive exercise.
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If you or a loved one is pregnant and struggling with anorexia, it is crucial for the health and safety of mother and baby to seek treatment and help during this critical time.  How can having a support team throughout pregnancy ensure that both mother and baby stay well?

Monday, August 8, 2011

The scary trend of tweens with anorexia

By Margaret Renkl, Parenting

(Parenting) -- In March 2006, when Michele Walker's 10-year-old daughter decided to quit gymnastics, the Chattanooga mom was almost relieved.  A talented gymnast, Shae had been moving steadily up the ranks of competition since she was 4 years old, but the effort was grueling: By fourth grade, she was practicing 14 to 16 hours a week, she nursed frequent injuries, and her ankles and knees constantly hurt.
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With statistics revealing the startling increase in children/teens who are developing "disordered eating" patterns, what are signs that parents can be aware of in their own children or teens?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Living with a Recovering Anorexic: Tips for Families and Friends

by Ann Olson, Contributor in Health and Wellness @ Yahoo!

"Anorexia Nervosa is a debilitating and frightening illness where a person may starve to death, desperate to lose weight to the point that some people have cut their own tongues. Others will commit suicide as a result of their plummeting self-esteem and body image. Some will starve to death, if not treated. If their starvation does not end in death, most end up chronically ill for the rest of their lives with poor health, and subsequently have additional mental conditions, such as depression. Anorexia Nervosa is not without hope, however - many anorexics do recover and maintain a normal, healthy life. If you are a family member or friend of a recovering anorexic, you may not know how to act around him or her, or don't know how to maintain a close relationship without being too "triggering". So how do you maintain a normal relationship and support them in their journey to recovery? Here are some guidelines to follow if you're not sure how to deal with this situation:"

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If you have a loved one that may be recovering from anorexia, what are some challenges you may have faced along their recovery journey?  Which of the tips listed in this article can help you along this process?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Family Involvement in Anorexia Treatment Ideal

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"Anorexia nervosa is a very secretive disorder. Individuals who struggle with eating disorders often hide their problems even from their immediate family members, and quickly learn how to hide dangerous behaviors to avoid being found out."

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With such strong evidence that suggests the vital role family involvement can have in an individual's treatment for anorexia, what are specific ways in which families can be involved in their loved one's recovery?

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