Overcoming Disordered Eating

“To The Bone”: Do not wish for Anorexia

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 27, 2018 |

“To the Bone”, a recently released Netflix movie, has generated discussion on the topic of eating disorders.  The New York Times reviewed this movie.  Anything that promotes awareness is a plus.   The movie itself is no Academy Award winner. It reminds me of an after school special from the 1980s.In a separate blog I will review the…

Graham Cracker Irony

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 5, 2017 |

Today is the birthday of the guy who invented the graham cracker.  His invention of the graham cracker wasn’t for the creation of S’mores, or for dunking in milk. In fact, the dude created graham flour, which later turned into graham crackers, with the hope of killing the sex vibe among teens and adults. He…

Chocolate cake: The weight of guilt and levity of celebration

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 26, 2014 |

A recent study in the journal Appetite examined the effect of eating chocolate cake. In particular, the researchers were interested in understanding the association of either guilt or of celebration with eating chocolate cake. In other words, when eating prototypic forbidden food like chocolate cake, were women likely to feel helpless and out of control (ie guilty) OR…

ARFID: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 20, 2014 |

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) has replaced Feeding Disorder of Infancy and Early Childhood.The DSM-Vis the manual used for diagnosing psychiatric problems. It stands for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.  The Fifth edition has been out since May 2013 and includes changes to how eating disorders are categorized and diagnosed. This post will address one of…

Do I have Binge Eating Disorder or am I just Overeating?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 9, 2014 |

Dr Daniels, I never really know if I am hungry or full, and sometimes eat so much that I feel uncomfortable afterward. Do I have Binge Eating Disorder? Overeating: What is it? ​Overeating at times is part of normal eating. Examples of overeating include having an extra helping at a meal because something tastes soooo good,  or eating…

Bulimia: No reason for shame

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 7, 2014 |

The year was 1986. Meredith Baxter Birney played a Step-ford wife named “Kate”, who was married to a handsome successful attorney.  The name of the movie is “Kate’s Secret”.When the film aired, bulimia was  taboo. While bulimia may be less of a taboo topic now, there is still a lot of shame associated. And lots…

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,…

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…

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