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What to know about pica

Pica refers to when a person craves or eats nonfood items, such as paint chips or sand. Most medical guides classify pica as an eating disorder. Some women may develop pica during pregnancy. People with pica crave or eat a wide variety of nonfood items. Many will crave a specific type of item. Common cravings […]

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The 10 best blogs for eating disorders

The 10 best blogs for eating disorders

If you are living with an eating disorder, you are not alone. Blogs written by others going through similar experiences and even healthcare professionals specializing in eating disorders are available to provide advice and support. Eating disorder blogs provide information and support from people who are on the road to recovery from an eating disorder. […]

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Food addiction: What to know

Food addiction: What to know

Food addiction refers to when the need to eat becomes compulsive or uncontrollable. This compulsive behavior may be in response to an emotion, such as stress, sadness, or anger. The human body needs food to function, but food addiction is when a person becomes dependent on certain types of foods. Foods that contribute to a […]

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Religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa

Religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa

Religiosity has been associated with various forms of fasting and self-starvation for thousands of years. Many believe that extreme religiosity can be a risk factor of anorexia nervosa. However, a recent population study conducted in Finland showed that religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa. “Many medieval saints fasted themselves to death. The […]

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Women with celiac disease twice as likely to develop anorexia

Women with celiac disease twice as likely to develop anorexia

Celiac disease is a rare digestive disorder and anorexia nervosa is a chronic eating disorder. These conditions have similar symptoms, and both are particularly common among adolescents. New research examines the link between the diagnoses for these two conditions in young women. New research suggests that receiving a diagnosis of celiac disease may drastically increase […]