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Category Archives: Bulimia Nervosa

What is Normalized Eating? Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure

There is a term that we often use in eating disorder recovery—normalized eating. It certainly sounds good, but what does it mean? The first thing to understand is that, for those who struggle with an eating disorder, the experience of eating is attended by intense shame and anxiety. It is a normal, everyday thing for most of us, but for those who have an eating disorder, eating a meal can be imprisoning. That is what makes it so important to provide a new relationship to food and to eating—what we call normalized. Normalized eating means you get to enjoy your…

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What are the Health Consequences of Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are commonly classified as mental illnesses—and rightly so: They are seldom really about food or eating, but rather stem from trauma, stress, and other psychological motivators. And yet, though they may be psychological at their root, their effects can be decidedly physical. Complications from Eating Disorders Indeed, eating disorders can lead to a number of bodily complications—including some serious and even life-threatening health consequences. As an example, consider some of the health consequences of anorexia nervosa: Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure Reduction of bone density Muscle loss and weakness Severe dehydration, sometimes leading to kidney…

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How Do Eating Disorders Affect the Heart?

Eating disorders are serious—even life-threatening. That’s because eating disorders are never really about food, nor are they merely about body image or self-esteem. Eating disorders are all-encompassing in their destruction; they have a savage effect on body and mind alike. That includes a negative effect on the cardiovascular system, putting eating disorder patients at a much higher risk for potentially fatal heart disease. That’s an ill effect of eating disorders that often goes unmentioned, yet it’s critical to understand the ways in which eating disorders take their toll on the body. And since February is American Heart Month, there is…

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