6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

Drug Development for Eating Disorders and Obesity - Weighing Up the Difference

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses characterized by excessive preoccupation with body weight, leading to abnormal eating habits. In women, lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa is estimated to be 1–4%, bulimia nervosa 1–3%, and binge eating disorder 1–4%. Among men, 0.1–0.5% report eating disorders. [2] By comparison, lifetime prevalence for depression ranges from 1.5%–19% across different countries. [3] Despite lower prevalence, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of all.

More Than Picky Eating: My Daughter's Experience with ARFID

Her anxiety and depression had elevated, she was becoming anti-social, and she was having panic attacks. We had to figure out what was wrong.

The day my daughter took a bite of a grilled cheese sandwich I cried. She wasn't 2 years old trying something new for the first time, she was 15. She had been fighting an eating disorder her whole life and this moment was more significant than the day she took her first steps. She had come a long way.

"I was addicted to exercise" - A personal story

Exercise addiction doesn’t sound like a real thing, certainly nothing to be concerned about. After all, exercise is healthy, and if you exercise regularly? Well, you impress people. If you work out a lot, people likely say things to you like, “I wish I could work out like you!” Just scroll through your Instagram feed of hard-bodied gym bunnies boasting about juice cleanses, hardcore workout programs, and their peach bottoms and you’ll see why.

Is 13 too young for a diet? Weight Watchers doesn't think so

Weight Watchers is facing a mounting backlash for opening its doors to teenagers.

In February, the world's oldest and largest weight-loss company announced it will offer children ages 13 to 17 free summer memberships as part of its strategy to more than double revenue and memberships by the end of 2020.

"They will have free access to Weight Watchers when they join with an adult, helping them develop healthy habits at a critical life stage," new CEO Mindy Grossman said during an employee event in New York on Feb. 7.

New book offers strategies to address emotional and binge eating

Breaking an addiction often involves some form of abstinence, yet for people addicted to food, abstinence isn’t an option. Eating disorders aren’t like addictions to drugs or alcohol, Sarah Adler, PsyD, and her colleague Debra Safer, MD, explained to me as we sat in Safer’s office discussing the origins of their new book, The DBT® Solution for Emotional Eating: A Proven Program to Break the Cycle of Bingeing and Out-of-Control Eating.

Finding New Ways to Define and Improve Recovery

Recovery from an eating disorder involves more than a retreat of symptoms.

3 Reasons Mindfulness Is A Powerful Tool Against Eating Disorders

It’s a challenge for anyone to stay in the present moment. With our incessant social media scrolling, 24/7 news stream, and constant planning for the future, the distractions are omnipresent these days. For those suffering from eating disorders, a comparison mindset is one of those crippling distractions that keeps us from living in the here and now. When we’re constantly in comparison, we’re constantly judging ourselves, our past selves, and even our future selves.

'A Twisted Comparison Game': How Fitness Apps Exacerbate Eating Disorders

Search “fasting,” “calorie counting,” “step tracking,” and “BMI” on the App Store, and you’ll be met with hundreds of results. What do all these things have in common? They’re all popular keywords for women suffering from eating disorders (ED), a community that is abusing popular apps in the dangerous pursuit of weight loss.

More care needed in warnings about fertility in eating disorder treatment

Women in treatment for eating disorders need more nuanced information about reproductive health, and more thought needs to be given to how and why fertility information is delivered, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Is Ayahuasca a Safe Treatment for Eating Disorders?

Our very own Dr. Adele Lafranceco-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and presenter of multiple EFFT workshops, was recently a guest on season 10 of The Doctors television talk show.  In this episode, Dr. Adele discusses her recent studies about using ayahuasca in the treatment of eating disorders.