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Terms and definitions: (National Eating Disorders Association) www.neda.orgAnorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified and is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
Eating Disorders Can Be Prevented!
Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional, social issues, all of which need to be addressed for effective prevention and treatment.
50 Ways to Lose the 3Ds: Dieting, Drive for Thinness, and Body Dissatisfaction
Individuals involved with youth and adolescents, such as educators, parents, health professionals, and physicians can prevent the further development of issues and concerns regarding weight through their own actions and words of encouragement toward healthful eating practices and attitudes.
Factors that May Contribute to Eating Disorders
While eating disorders may begin with preoccupations with food and weight, they are most often about much more than food. NEDA acknowledges there may be a difference of opinion among experts and the literature on this topic and we encourage readers to explore the topic further, using all means available to them.
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or picture yourself in your mind.
Every Body is Different
Genetics influence bone structure, body size, shape, and weight differently in every person.
Listen to Your Body
Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry. Stop when you're full. And eat exactly what appeals to you. Do this instead of any diet, and you are unlikely to ever have a weight problem, let alone an eating disorder. Eat when you are truly hungry. Stop when you are full.
Signing this declaration of independence from a weight-obsessed world may help you accept your body's natural shape and size.
Ten "Will-Powers" for Improving Body Image
Taking care of your body and doing things you enjoy will enable you to enjoy a happy, participatory life.
Ten Steps To Positive Body Image
One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can help you think about new ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body. The more you do that, the more likely you are to feel good about who you are and the body you naturally have.
The Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are complex conditions that arise from a variety of factors, including physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social issues. Media images that help to create cultural definitions of beauty and attractiveness are often acknowledged as being among those factors contributing to the rise of eating disorders.
Twenty Ways to Love Your Body!
Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.
Health and Nutrition: All about Eating Disorders. A guide and overview that promotes healthy minds and bodies. Thank you to Brittney for sending me the link to this guide.
Addiction and Common Eating Disorders: (thanks for this resource Danielle, from Mesa Valley School District in Colorado)
Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement of these sites. The National Eating Disorders Association is not responsible for the informational content of these sites.
NEDA Network Members
Statewide Support Resources for those Suffering with Eating Disorders :
Eating Disorders Association of NJ: Professionally run. Support for persons with eating disorders, their families, friends and interested professionals. Dues $5.00 per meeting. Membership $50.00 per year. Various meeting locations throughout NJ Call 1-800-522-2230 (voice mail) web site: www.edanj.org
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Here is a wonderful web site dedicated to Melissa, a girl who died from an eating disorder and hoped that someday there would be no more eating disorders. Her family started this web site and they are working on a documentary. On the site you can read excerpts from Melissa's journal and see and hear her friends remembering what a special friend she was.
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