Surviving Christmas With An Eating Disorder Infographic

eating disorder helpEating disorders are some of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat simply because those in recovery can not avoide their triggers. Alcoholics can avoide drink, drug addicts can find places free of narcotics but everyone has to eat. With so much food available at the holidays, that can make recovering from an eating disorder very difficult. With that in mind, The counsellors at Life Works have some simple tips that can help people suffering from an ED get through the holidays safely and happily. While these are not a guarantee of success, following these 10 steps will give you the edge you need to stay in recovery and enjoy the holidays. If you need help with your ED please visit Life Works Eating Disorder Treatment Page

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More Than Half Of Women Cancel Plans At Christmas Because Of Fat Days

eating disorder helpA new survey carried out by has revealed that almost three quarters of British women have turned down an event invitation at Christmas despite being able to attend.

Highlighting just how badly low self esteem effects women, over half of those surveyed said the reason they didn’t want to go somewhere is because they were having a ‘fat day’. This term describes when someone is feeling self-conscious about how others will judge their weight and appearance and whether or not they live up to conventional beauty standards.

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How Much Does The Fashion Industry Affect Women's Body Image

eating disorder helpThe rise and cause of eating disorders has been long-debated and with more young girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia and now orthorexia than ever before, health experts are desperate to find out the causes once and for all.

The fashion industry and media frequently get the blame for putting too much pressure on young women and nowadays, even men. Whilst many would argue that everyone is exposed to the same images and not everybody develops an eating disorder, it’s undeniable that these industries are giving women unrealistic expectations about what they should look like.

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Study Finds Link Between Brain Activity And Anorexia

anorexia and brain researchA study has suggested that differences in brain activity may be an underlying cause of some of the unhealthy eating patterns that people with anorexia nervosa develop.

The study, which took place in New York found that those who had been hospitalised for the disorder activated unique areas of their brains when making decisions between various foods. In order to test this, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which tracks blood flow in the brain. They did this on a group of women who had recently been hospitalised for anorexia and compared it to another group of healthy women.

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New Mental Health Campaign Gets High Profile Support

mental healthFormer mental health minister, Norman Lamb, Conservative MP, Andrew Mitchell and former Labour spin doctor, Alistair Campbell have launched a new campaign which is calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England.

The campaign also highlights the lack of access to treatment that many face, with an incredible three out of four mentally ill children receiving no treatment at all. Highlighting the seriousness of this issue, currently, life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years lower than that of the general population.

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The Hidden Eating Disorder More Common Than Anorexia

binge eating disorderGorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if we’re feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps you’re hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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Survey Reveals Most Men Hate Their Bodies

eating disorder in menA shocking new survey has found that only 4% of men are happy with their bodies and that most are feeling increasing pressure to improve their shape.

The research was carried out on behalf of Alpha Man Magazine and found that a staggering 82% of men feel more stressed about not having an impressive physique than they did five years ago. The findings also revealed that men are willing to resort to drastic measures to achieve their dream body.

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Scientists Discover Binge Eating Gene In Teenagers

teen binge eatingResearchers at University College London (UCL)’s Institute of Child Health believe that they have discovered a gene that may explain why some teenagers binge on food.

A study was conducted and the results revealed that those who had a particular variation in the FTO locus were 20% more likely to binge eat. Interestingly, the trait was particularly prominent in girls as they were 30% more likely to binge eat if they had the variation.

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Anxious Children Suffer From Eating Disorders

eating disorders and childrenWith more pressure than ever to achieve body perfection, concern is growing about the impact this is having on young children.

Whilst unrealistic expectations have existed since the dawn of newspapers, magazines, television and advertising, the Internet has further accelerated these feelings and the outcome is very concerning.

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Hospital Admissions For Teen Girls Has Doubled In Three Years

eating disorder helpNew figures have revealed that the number of young girls who are being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has doubled in just three years.

In 2010-11, the number of girls aged between 0 and 19 who were admitted to hospital was 840. By 2013-14 this had risen to 1,656.

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The Rise of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

body dysmorphia Often dismissed as a ‘first world problem' or a ‘bad case of vanity’, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) remains a very misunderstood condition. It is in fact an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look. The outcome is that they will spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance and may even avoid social situations as a result.

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What Women Really Think Of Their Bodies

eating disorders and womenThe diet and beauty industries rake in billions of pounds every year and a significant proportion of this comes from female customers who are on a never-ending quest to make themselves look and feel better.

For some, new mascara, trips to the hairdresser and splurging on the latest and greatest anti-ageing moisturiser is nothing more than a bit of fun. For others however, fat-burning, toning, tightening, slimming, perfecting and concealing products have become a sad part of everyday life as women fight a constant battle with themselves to achieve the idealised imaged of perfection that the media so frequently portrays.

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An Ad Featuring An Underweight Model Has Been Banned By The ASA

eating disorder helpAn advert which appeared in Elle magazine has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after it was claimed that the model used was unhealthily underweight.

The promotion for Yves Saint Laurent featured a photograph of a woman whose rib cage was not only very visible and prominent, but her knees and thighs appeared to be incredibly similar in width.

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How To Cope With Cravings

help resisting cravingsFrom going on a diet, trying to quit smoking or being in rehab for drugs or alcohol, we have all faced cravings of some sort in our lifetime. Anything can trigger them and the problem with addictions is that they want to return and cravings are therefore one of the hardest things to deal with.

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How to help someone with an eating disorder

eating disorder helpWatching someone you love suffer with an eating disorder is incredibly painful. You want to be there for them but it’s difficult to know the right way to approach the situation and what to say. Although there is no right or wrong way and different approaches work for different people, below are some of the most effective techniques that can be used to help sufferers open up.

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The Shocking Rise in Men With Eating Disorders

eating disorders in menNew figures show that there has been a shocking rise in the number of men who are suffering with eating disorders and it appears as though ‘righteous eating’ could be what’s fuelling the problem. This is one of the lesser known conditions that can lead to orthorexia nervosa which is a fixation on food quality and purity.

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Test Yourself For An Eating Disorder

eating disorder testIn today’s instalment of mental health week tests, we will be examining eating disorders. Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and one of the most difficult to treat. The longer an eating disorder is left without help, the more engrained it becomes. That means the best way to help someone with an eating disorder is to get them treatment early.

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The Facts About Binge Eating

overeatingBinge eating is something that up until recently hasn’t been taken very seriously because we all have days where we over-indulge and from time to time, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Regular binge eating is a serious medical condition however and it is in fact classed as an eating disorder because it can manifest into a compulsive, out-of-control relationship with food. Typically, a person suffering from this will consume very large quantities of food over a short period of time - even when they’re not hungry.

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People Behind Thinspiration Websites Could Face Prison

France and eating disordersLast month a socialist MP from France, Olivier Veran called for a ban on skinny models in order to prevent the glorification of anorexia. Although this proposal has been dropped on the grounds that it would violate France’s employment laws, the country has announced that a new amendment has just been passed which will see anyone running pro-anorexia websites or promoting extreme thinness online face prison time or a hefty fine.

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The Most Common Addictions Part Two

world addiction informationFollowing on from part one of our piece on the world’s most common addictions, here are some other lesser known dependencies that people all around the world are facing on a daily basis.

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