| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Eating disorders are usually associated with teenagers, but they are also common among older Americans. Research has shown that in women ages 50 and over, 3.5% report binge eating, and nearly 8% report purging (self-induced vomiting). That overeating...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult to...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Eating when you're not hungry--especially high-calorie, high-fat foods--may not always rise to the newly broadened clinical definition of an eating disorder. But the behavior that for many Americans is a routine pastime certainly contributes to excess...
| Oct 8, 2013
Empowering girls is a popular topic for many parents who have young daughters. And one group of advocates, the Brave Girls Alliance, decided to take their cause all the way to Times Square in New York City.
"We wanted to find a way to reach as many...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:52 AM
Self-harm blogs shelter in a dark, desperate corner of the Internet that few of us will ever see. But 14-year-old Anouschka, a baby-faced blogger, has lived here for months, collecting photos of slashed wrists and razor blades, reading grim, adolescent...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Amy Winehouse officially died of "death by misadventure" related to alcohol. But her brother now says there may have been another reason for the singer's passing in 2011 at age 27: bulimia.
In an interview with the Guardian ahead of an exhibition at the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 4:00 PM
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol?
One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the...
| Aug 4, 2013
Dear Amy: Due to a job layoff last year, our 32-year-old daughter has been living with my husband and me. She recently returned to work but receives a low salary and no health insurance.
She has a gluten intolerance, which requires meals without wheat...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 2:53 PM
The news is not always all good when obese teenagers lose weight. Such young people seem to be at risk for developing eating disorders that slip the attention of health professionals, scientists report.
“Physical complications of semistarvation...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:54 AM
In his 1993 classic, "Listening to Prozac," Peter D. Kramer discusses how psychotropic drugs affect the art and science of psychiatric diagnosis. The successful use of lithium to treat manic depression, for example, helped substantiate the diagnosis and...
| Dec 19, 2012
Coffee is now good for you. According to a research study, it may help prevent Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, stroke and dementia as well as help you live a little longer. But java lovers know this: Another study says that drinking three or more cups of...
| Feb 18, 2013
Images of stylish, smiling celebrities are all over the Internet. Sexy, skinny models grace the pages of almost every woman's magazine.
The quest to be flawless is all around us, and cases of anorexia and bulimia are growing at an alarming rate.