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Articles tagged with: Physical Health

Bariatric Surgery and Binge Eating Disorder

June 27, 2018. Written by Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, CD
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    What is bariatic surgery?

    The purpose of bariatric surgery is to alter the stomach and/or intestines to create a dramatic decrease in body weight. The resulting rapid reduction in body weight has made it a popular option for treating obesity, but in addition, it frequently addresses a host of medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension, gall stones, gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnea and degenerative joint disease. Weight loss surgeries can be life changing—and lifesaving—to many individuals who undergo them.

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The Brain, Binge Eating, and Balance

May 09, 2018. Written by Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, CD
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    Every day we are faced with “now or later” decisions. Should I buy that piece of clothing I want now so I can wear it right away or should I wait and hopefully get it on sale? These types of decisions involve the concept of immediate or delayed gratification. Brain research is showing that people’s tendencies in this area often end up being expressed in their eating disorder.

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The Trouble with Fad Diets

April 17, 2018. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    Dieting is ubiquitous in our culture. Everywhere we turn, there’s another commercial for a weight loss pill, an article about a new “miracle” diet, or a show like The Biggest Loser reinforcing the perception that society values thin bodies and respects those who are willing to go to extremes to lose weight.

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The Truth About "Diabulimia"

November 01, 2017.
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    What is Diabulimia?

    “Diabulimia” is a non-clinical term used to describe when people with type 1 diabetes misuse insulin to lose weight. Although diabulimia is not recognized as a formal diagnosis in medical and psychiatric communities, it represents a potentially life-threatening practice.

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The Role of the Family Physician in Eating Disorder Treatment

August 22, 2017.
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    It takes a multidisciplinary team to treat eating disorders, and each member plays a vital role in getting clients on the road to recovery. That is why we’re highlighting the various roles within our care team in this blog series.

    Dr. Mary Bretzman is one such team member. She serves as The Emily Program’s family physician in our Intensive Day Treatment program and residential program in St. Paul, MN, the Anna Westin House.

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Medical Complications of Eating Disorders – Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

March 29, 2016. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    One of the best known and most feared complications of eating disorders is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is loss of bone mass, often throughout the body, and a significant increased risk of fracture and pain. Osteoporosis is a diagnosis made through bone scans, particularly a DEXA scan. A score of -2.5 or greater on a DEXA scan is considered to be osteoporosis. A score of -1 to -2.5 is defined as osteopenia. Anyone with osteopenia is at great risk of developing osteoporosis. Statistically, 40% of people with anorexia will have osteoporosis and as high as 90% will have osteopenia.

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Words with Wisniewski: The High Cost of Eating Disorders

March 08, 2016. Written by Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
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    This article talks about the health repercussions of eating disorders. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    The harsh reality of eating disorder mortality rates

    Eating disorders kill. This is a harsh reality. Our clients are reminded about this fact from their loved ones, doctors and therapists. Yet, many of our clients believe that it will be someone else who dies and not them.

    Eating disorders impact about 30 million people in the United States. They are associated with high levels of premature mortality, including an increased risk for suicide. Without treatment, up to 20 percent of people with a serious eating disorder will die. These are sobering statistics.

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New Year, New You? How about New Year and New View!

January 12, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    So it's that time of year. The time when the marketing campaigns begin, telling us "this is the year" to make a change, lose weight, get fit, get healthy, change ourselves and turn over a new leaf. Hey, I am a big believer in change -- it truly is the only constant -- and some change and internal focus is needed to grow and expand as a human being. It can be positive, healthy and needed. It can be helpful to step back and reflect on how things went during the previous year, what you want for next year and sketch out a plan of action on how to reach those goals.

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