Food addiction: could overeating be compulsive?

Getting a grip on addiction can be incredibly hard, as anyone who has ever tried to give up smoking, alcohol or even caffeine will testify. A tried and tested tactic is to avoid the thing you’re addicted to – giving up going to pubs for a while, or not to have cigarettes in the house. Even with these measures people often struggle and fail repeatedly. But what if the thing you are addicted to has Read More

New guidelines offer hope for those with binge-eating disorder

At one time or another, Jana Begor has tried most of the commercially advertised diets, not to mention the grapefruit diet and the cabbage soup diet. She became a vegan. She tried the raw food diet. Sometimes, she lost weight. And then she regained it. “I need to learn how to eat,” said Begor, 68, a real estate agent who lives in Calaveras County, Calif. “Why am I not able to control my eating? What Read More

Preteen eating disorders on the rise

The number of young children hospitalized for eating disorders is on the rise amongst preteens and children in B.C., and that’s leading to an increasing demand for more education and treatment, according to health care workers. "Girls as young as three are aware of fat and don’t want to be," says Mimi Hudson, director of community and provincial programs at Family Services of the North Shore. "In Canada, there are kids as young as seven Read More

Motherlode: Signs of eating disorders often present in teenagers

"I didn’t just want to be thin," said Madi O’Dell, whose battle with an eating disorder began in her freshman year of high school. "People think you choose to have an eating disorder because you want to lose weight. But that’s not how it was for me. I wanted to be in control." February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month. I talked to Madi, a former patient at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Program, and Read More

Bullying and Body Image: How Bullying Leads to Eating Disorders

Bullying can have long-lasting results on the bullied, and in some cases, may lead to eating disorders, according to UK Charity Beat. A recent study of 600 people in the UK during Anti-Bullying Week by Beat found that at least 90 percent of respondents admit to being bullied at some time in their lives, and more than 75 percent of individuals suffering from an eating disorder admit bullying is a significant cause of their disorder. Read More

10 ways to educate yourself about eating disorders

Being stick-skinny, skipping meals and purging are all classic signs of eating disorders. But those aren’t the only signs, and the signs aren’t always obvious, said Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a physician at IU Health Arnett.Nationally, 20 million women and 10 million men have had an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Here, Hallberg offered her tips on what to know about the potentially deadly disorders. 1. Read More

Eating Disorders Week 2013: Advice and help on how to cope

Having run the North London Eating Disorders group for the last 11 years there is little I have not seen or heard. From severe emaciation to a wife who feared her husband would find out about her binge eating, I’ve seen most things. Women come from all walks of life – eating disorders are classless and affect all ages. I’ve seen and supported teachers, nurses, students, graduates and middle aged mums. However we don’t see Read More

Dangers of eating disorders

Two North County sophomores have been talking to students at the intermediate, middle, and high schools about the dangers of eating disorders. Kyra Franklin first began battling bulimia when she was in sixth grade. She battled it for three years. “The big thing is you never get over it,” she said. “… I’m the most recovered you can get.” Kayla Webb’s three-year battle with anorexia just ended last year. She’s still going through treatment. Early Read More

Practical Tips for Recovery From an Eating Disorder over the festive season

The thought of the Christmas holidays and celebrations are for some people ‘the happiest time of the year". For someone in recovery from an eating disorder, this could be a time of intense stress and anxiety. Where others are thinking of the visits with family and friends around drinks and snacks, Minced Pies, Fruit Cake, and of course the Christmas day meal at a table laden with indulgence of every kind, people in recovery from Read More

Give The Gift of Health and Exercise this Holiday Season with a New Fitness Game for Kids: Introducing Flip2BFit

This holiday season, help kids start the New Year off on the right foot through a new and exciting fitness board game that teaches kids about physical activity and nutrition. Introducing Flip2BFit, an interactive board game where kids develop self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills through stretching, strength building, cardio and yoga activities – no gym or video game needed! In addition to Flip2BFit, the company also offers an exciting game of memory called Bakari, which Read More