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Do Not Wish You Had Anorexia Nervosa

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 2, 2014 |

“Dr Daniels, when you give talks on anorexia please let people know it really sucks to have this problem. I hate when I hear people say they wish they had anorexia. Do they wish to think of nothing but food 24/7? Do they wish for self hatred and disgust? Do they wish their brain would shrink,…

“I Had No Idea”: EDAW 2014

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 2, 2014 |

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) is being held February 23rd to March 1st, 2014.The theme this year is “I had no idea”.What ideas do you have about eating disorders?There are lots of misperceptions.For example, when people find out I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, they assume I meet solely with teenage girls.…

What are you practicing?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 26, 2014 |

Just like the piano teacher tells his students about playing piano, practice is the only way to get better at piano playing.The coach reminds her players to practice, practice, practice. Then there is that joke about Carnegie Hall. You know the one that goes something like this: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer:…

How to overcome negative body image: Dr. Daniels’ top 3 suggestions

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 14, 2014 |

Both men and women suffer from body dissatisfaction, especially in Western culture. Here are some tips to improve body image: Notice what is RIGHT ​The NEGATIVITY BIAS many of us have means that when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we see flaws. Instead of focusing on perceived flaws, notice features that you like.…

Ortho what?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 10, 2014 |

People who obsess about food and have otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term that literally translates to “fixation on righteous eating.”  Orthorexia may begin as a well intentioned attempt to eat more healthfully, but the intention morphs into a  preoccupation with food quality and purity.  People with this condition become…

The Science of Happiness: The Big 7

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 7, 2013 |

Relationship.  People who have one or more close friendships are happier. The size of our network of close relationships does not seem to matter. What seems to make a difference is if and how often we spend time doing fun activities together and that we share our personal feelings with a friend or relative​​ Caring.  People…