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Eating Disorders

“Eating disordered behaviors continue to be significant medical and psychological concerns for today’s practitioner (Neumark-Sztainer, Wall, Story, & Perry, 2003). For decades, the media-driven perpetuation of the ideal body as thin has created a deleterious cultural context in which body dissatisfaction is normative and eating disorder symptomatology epidemic (Cook-Cottone & Phelps, 2003).

Specifically, adolescent eating disordered behavior is characterized by an intense preoccupation to be thin, accompanied by a pathological fear of gaining weight, that is manifest in severe disturbances in eating behavior (i.e., self-starvation, food restriction, purging of food, and/or cyclic binging and purging of food).

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) currently lists two specific diagnoses: anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN).”

-from: Adolescent Eating Disorders by Catherine Cook-Cottone and LeAdelle Phelps State University of New York at Buffalo


Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. (ANRED)

A nonprofit organization that provides information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other less-well-known food and weight disorders. Includes self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.

Body Positive

Their mission is to empower people of all ages to celebrate their natural size and shape instead of what society promotes as the ideal body.

National Eating Disorders Association

hotline: (800) 931-2237

The mission is to eliminate eating disorders and body dissatisfaction through prevention efforts, education, referral and support services, advocacy, training, and research.