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By On July 11th, 2018

Major-league catcher retires to raise eating disorder awareness

Major-league baseball players don’t typically walk away from the game willingly. Usually, it is a combination of injury, age, or scandal that lead to early retirement. This week, though, Mariner’s catcher Mike Marjama abruptly retired from baseball for a very different reason. The 28-year-old is quitting the sport to become an Ambassador for the National…

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By On July 5th, 2018

Eating disorders are increasingly common in the military

Eating disorders are becoming increasingly more common within the military, with diagnoses increasing by 26% over a five-year period, according to new research. The findings, published recently in the Defense Health Agency’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, indicate that the prevalence of eating disorders had been consistently increasing from the start of the study in 2013…

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By On July 3rd, 2018

People with binge eating disorder face higher risk of suicide

Binge eating disorder (BED) has been tied to numerous serious health issues, including heart disease, depression, and diabetes. Now, a study shows it may also increase a person’s risk for suicide. Other eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, have been previously linked to increased suicide risk, but the issue remains largely unstudied among those…

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By On June 29th, 2018

Does having an eating disorder increase your chance of being bullied?

Past research has made it clear that teens who have been the victim of bullying from a young age are significantly more likely to develop an eating disorder. Now, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests the reverse may hold true as well. “In some kids, disordered eating might lead to bullying,” wrote Tracy…

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By On June 25th, 2018

Florence Welch uses new single to finally confront her eating disorder

Florence Welch opens the new single from her band, Florence and the Machine’s by singing “at 17, I started to starve myself.” The song, “Hunger,” marks the first time she was “able to put it on paper” or publicly talk about the eating disorder she developed as a teenager. In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian’s…

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By On June 14th, 2018

Overweight people are more likely to have an eating disorder, but are less likely to be treated

When people think about eating disorders, they typically think of thin people – usually women. However, this is forgetting the most common eating disorder in society today: binge eating disorder. Now, a new study reminds us that, despite the stereotypes, overweight or obese individuals are more likely to show signs of disordered eating behaviors compared…

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By On June 12th, 2018

Who do eating disorders really affect? [Infographic]

Despite the misperception that eating disorders are only an issue for young, white, affluent women, there is plenty of evidence that eating disorders affect people of every gender, race, ethnicity, culture, size, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. Sadly, this misconception has real consequences for those who don’t fit the stereotype. The myths around eating disorders…

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By On June 1st, 2018

First new estimates in a decade show changing eating disorder rates

If you’ve read about eating disorders in the past 10 years or so, you’ve probably read the same set of statistics which estimate approximately 30 million people in the US live with an eating disorder. That isn’t a coincidence. Despite how widespread eating disorders are, how dangerous they can be, and the commonly accepted notion…

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By On May 25th, 2018

After 46 years with bulimia, author shows recovery is possible at any age

When Iris Ruth Pastor was a 19-year-old college student, she thought she found a secret shortcut to maintain her body shape while also developing a social standing within her school and achieving high grades. It all seemed to be working perfectly for her. Unfortunately, that shortcut was actually a destructive eating disorder that she would…

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