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Eating Disorders: How to Get Back in Touch With Your Body

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Susan Schulherr is an eating disorder specialist, who has written a book called "Eating Disorders for Dummies". She was recently interviewed by Margarita Tartakovsky.

Eating disorders come in many forms. Over-eating, anorexia, bulemia, each takes a different form but each disorder indicates the individual's relationship with food and with their body has taken a wrong turn.

Susan Schulherr's advises, "The first thing they should do is STOP DIETING! Dieting sharply increases the likelihood of crossing the line from disordered eating into eating disorder, especially among vulnerable individuals. Shockingly, few people actually succeed at dieting and each dieting failure can invite more extreme and disordered practices the next time around."

She recommends keeping a journal, taking note of what things seem to be triggers for out of control eating, and anything else that helps keep you aware of unhealthy patterns.

You can also begin to try to train yourself to sit through impulses to binge and though this may be very difficult at first, it will get easier if you don't give up.


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Eating disorders are commonly identified by abnormal eating habits where food intake is often measured at extreme opposites; either too little, or too much. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are probably the best known out of all Types of eating disorders.

May 4, 2011 - 11:57pm
EmpowHER Guest

This is a great article, Thank you. I think many people would benefit from working closely with a dietician to help them get back in touch with their bodies and out of the diet cycle. Our bodies really are made to work FOR us, not AGAINST us, if we treat them right. I had an eating disorder, and went to a low cost treatment facility in texas (www.HopeGrowsRecovery.com) where I learned to eat to nourish myself, and I can even eat all the things I love.

April 28, 2010 - 9:14am
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