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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves self-imposed weight-loss. The disorder affects adolescent females and young women more than males. According to the DSM-IV, a person with Anorexia Nervosa must have the following symptoms: refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height; intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight; disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight; and amenorrhea (in postmenarcheal females). Some bingeing and purging can occur in anorexia nervosa, but this is more common in bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa can be fatal - because of starvation, because of cardiac problems induced by weight-cycling, or because of other health problems related to the stress on the body.
Source: http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/gl/blanorex.htm
 
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.
http://www.anred.com/
Welcome to the ANRED website. We are a nonprofit organization that provides information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other less-well-known food and weight disorders. Our material includes self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.

Eating Disorders
U.S. Surgeon General
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter3/sec6.html#eating
Eating disorders are serious, sometimes life- threatening, conditions that tend to be chronic (Herzog et al., 1999). They usually arise in adolescence and disproportionately affect females.

Eating Disorders
National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth.com/book/p45-eat1.html
Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders. The vast majority--more than 90 percent--of those afflicted with eating disorders are adolescent and young adult women. One reason that women in this age group are particularly vulnerable to eating disorders is their tendency to go on strict diets to achieve an "ideal" figure. Researchers have found that such stringent dieting can play a key role in triggering eating disorders.

Eating disorders in adolescents: Principles of diagnosis and treatment
Paediatrics & Child Health
http://www.cps.ca/english/statements/AM/am96-04.htm
Eating disorders are complex illnesses that affect adolescents with increasing frequency. They rank as the third most common chronic illness in adolescent females (1), with an incidence of up to 5% (2,3), a rate that has increased dramatically over the past three decades. Two major subgroups of the disorders are recognized: a restrictive form, in which food intake is severely limited (anorexia nervosa), and a bulimic form, in which binge eating episodes are followed by attempts to minimize the effects of overeating via vomiting, catharsis, exercise or fasting (bulimia nervosa). Both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can be associated with serious biological, psychological and sociological morbidity, and significant mortality.

Mirror, Mirror Eating Disorders
http://www.mirror-mirror.org/eatdis.htm
If you can relate to the above saying, you are not alone. Thousands of women and an increasing number of men look in the mirror everyday and hate what they see. I chose to use the phrase "Mirror, mirror on the wall" because I first heard it used in a fairy tale.

Something Fishy
http://www.something-fishy.org/
Website on Eating Disorders.

Dangers of Anorexia
http://www.gurze.net/site12_5_00/dangersofanorexia.htm
Anorexia nervosa has a multitude of medical complications ranging from mild to severe. In fact, 5-20% of anorexics die, usually frm complications associated with self-starvation, such as: heart, kidney, or multiple organ failure, or illnesses like pneumonia, which may be due to an inability to fight infection—all due to the dangers of anorexia.

Anorexia Nervosa
http://www.eating-disorder.org/anorexia.html
Anorexia has been known and recognized by doctors for at least 300 years. (Also see History Of Eating Disorders) The main characteristics of anorexia is the considerable weight loss and emaciation resulting from failure to eat. It is difficult to tell how many people develop and suffer from anorexia as there is a great deal of under-reporting. Today researchers state that they are seeing anorexics from all classes and ethnic groups in men and women. Many feel that Anorexia is a disease that effects only women but this couldn't be farthest from the truth. It also effects young boys and men. Many think they are "too old" to have an eating disorder and I've heard stories of girls as young as 11 years old suffering from an eating disorder. It is truly a disease of any age and gender. Estimates of mortality rates vary but figures will tell that 6 and 10% of sufferers will eventually die as a result of Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
http://www.nami.org/helpline/anorexia.htm
Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder defined by a refusal to maintain body weight within 15 percent of an individual's minimal normal weight. Other essential features of this disorder include an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea (absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur) in women.

What is anorexia nervosa?
Your Family Doctor
http://familydoctor.org/handouts/063.html
Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in teenage girls, but it can also occur in teenage boys, and adult women and men. People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Anorexia isn't just a problem with food or weight. It's an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.

Introducing Anorexia Nervosa
Dr Peter Rowan MBBS.MRCPsych.
http://www.priory-hospital.co.uk/htm/anorex.htm
Anorexia Nervosa is an illness that mainly affects adolescent girls although it can occur both in boys or girls younger or older than this. The most common features are loss of weight coupled with a change in behaviour. The weight loss is slowly progressive and often starts with a perfectly normal weight reducing diet. It may only be after this has continued for several months that it seems a cause for worry, usually because by then the weight loss is extreme.

Anorexia File
http://www.lifestages.com/health/anorexia.html
Learn about late-breaking anorexia research from recognized experts at eating disorder
clinics and hospitals worldwide. Compiled from the National Library of Medicine database at the National Institutes of Health, the Anorexia File contains detailed descriptions of current findings in anorexia care.

ANOREXIA IN MALES
Eating Disorders Specialist
http://www.ltspeed.com/bjblinder/anmales.htm
Anorexia was first described in males by both Morton (57) and Gull (58). Anorexia in males accounted for approximately six percent of cases seen in an eating disorder clinic (38,59). Anorexia may be underdiagnosed because many physicians, as well as the anorectics themselves, are unaware that this condition occurs in both sexes.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA
NWHIC
http://www.4woman.gov/faq/anorexia.htm
People who intentionally starve themselves or severely restrict their food intake suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa. The disorder, which usually begins in young people around the time of puberty, involves extreme weight loss -- at least 15 percent below a young woman’s normal body weight.

Anorexia Nervosa
E Medicine
http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic34.htm
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by severe weight loss to the point of significant physiologic consequences. Diagnostic criteria include an intense fear of obesity despite slenderness, an overwhelming body-image perception of being fat, weight loss of at least 25% from baseline or failure to gain weight appropriately (resulting in weight 25% less than would be expected from the patient's previous growth curve), absence of other physical illnesses to explain the weight loss or altered body-image perception, and at least 3 weeks of secondary amenorrhea or primary amenorrhea in a prepubescent adolescent.

Anorexia Nervosa
TeenOutReach.com
http://www.teenoutreach.com/Online_Help/health/eating_disorders/anorexia.htm
Any of several psychological disorders relating to the consumption of food, such as anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are characterized by an abnormal fear of obesity, distorted body image, and subsequent abnormal eating patterns. Anorexia is marked by obsessive fasting; bulimia by eating binges followed by self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives. The effects of these disorders range from mild weight loss to delayed sexual development, heart problems, depression, and even death.

Anorexia Bulimia Net
http://www.anorexiabulimia.net/
We are a website dedicated to the prevention, awareness and treatment of eating disorders. Please, make yourself at home and enjoy the material we have provided for you.

Anorexia nervosa
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/anorexianervosa.htm
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder affecting mainly girls or women, although boys or men can also suffer from it. It usually starts in the teenage years.

What is anorexia nervosa?
Health4Her.com
http://www.health4her.com/library/concerns/anorexia_nervosa.cfm

Anorexia
MakeANoise.com
http://www.makeanoise.ysp.org.au/bodiesarticle.asp?ArticleNo=2
Anorexia is a very serious condition where people lose large amounts of weight due to excessive dieting. Anorexia is generally developed over time as a way of coping with emotional pain, stress, unhappiness and any other problems a person may have.

Anorexia In Athletes
About.com
http://sportsmedicine.about.com/library/bl_anorexia.htm
The self motivation and discipline that makes someone a great athlete can, unfortunately, backfire when it comes to anorexia. Anorexia nervosa is a state of starvation, which can be accomplished by severe dieting or by purging. People with anorexia can lose 15% to 60% of normal body weight by severely restricting their food intake. A dedication to training and strict dietary guidelines make it relatively easy for athletes to hide an eating disorder. They are believed when they use training schedules, competition, travel or any number of excuses not to eat. Initially, the weight reduction may help athletic performance. Over time, however, this continued starvation will lead to a variety of health problems.

SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA
http://www.eatingdisorderinfo.org/anorexia_nervosa_ss.htm

 
ANOREXIA: Information and Guidance for Patients, Family, and Friends
By Cheryl A. Wildes
http://www.mindspring.com/~cwildes/
It is great sadness that I post this piece of my sister's obituary for my readers. Stacy fought a long hard battle against this devastating disease. For all of you that have known her in person or through my website, I thought you should know. Eating Disorders do kill. Even the toughest people die from them. Please let her story help in warning others of the danger. Get help and get it early. Stacy was on her way to a 6 month treatment program when an infection set in and ended any chance of recovery. Don't allow your chance or the chance of a loved one come too late.


SYMPTOMS OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA & BULIMIA
AnonymouseONE
http://www.anonymityone.com/faq7.htm
The progressive symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are based on the most often repeated experiences of those with Anorexia and Bulimia. When a person with Anorexia Nervosa becomes bulimic, that person will experience symptoms characteristic of both eating disorders.

The Psychology of Anorexia
http://nov55.com/hea/anorex.html
Anorexics try to explain their behavior, because, like everyone else, they do not understand the subconscious forces which control them. It is common to assume that eating disorders are reactions to other problems. But why not some other outlet for those problems? The answer is because the subconscious mind controls the result.


HOW SERIOUS IS ANOREXIA NERVOSA?
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ucdhs/health/a-z/49EatingDisorders/doc49severity2.html
At this time no treatment program for anorexia nervosa is completely effective, and about 50% of patients never achieve a normal weight.


Fertility and Anorexia
http://www.womenshealth.org/a/anorexia_and_fertility.htm
Can anorexia make you infertile?

 

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For Schools
http://www.renfrewcenter.com/for-schools/index.asp
How Educators Can Make a Difference in Schools.

Eating Disorders Information Sheet for School Principals and Administrators
Body Wise
http://www.4woman.gov/BodyImage/bodywise/bp/Principals.pdf
School principals and administrators have a unique opportunity to help create an environment that enhances students’ health and their capacity to learn. This information sheet is designed to provide basic information on eating disorders, how to help promote their early detection, and how to discourage disordered eating.

Eating Disorders Information Sheet School Nurses and Counselors
Body Wise
http://www.4woman.gov/BodyImage/bodywise/bp/nurses.pdf
School nurses and counselors can help middle school students become and remain well nourished, feel comfortable with their bodies, and communicate concerns about eating disorders to teachers, students, and parents. This information sheet is designed to help you create an environment that discourages disordered eating and promotes the early detection of eating disorders.

Educators: Understanding Your Role
by: Michael Levine, Ph.D., and Linda Smolak, Ph.D.
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=323&Profile_ID=41167
Faculty and Student Guidelines for Meeting With and Referring Students Who May Have Eating Disorder.

Educators: Some "Don'ts" for Those Working with Students
By: Michael Levine, Ph.D., and Linda Smolak, Ph.D.
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=323&Profile_ID=41168
There are some detrimental things that educators can do when addressing a child they suspect may have an eating disorder. Some of these include casting a net of awe and wonder around the existence of an eating disorder and oversimplifying that eating disorders are "just a phase".

Resources for School Personnel: Educational Materials
Body Wise
http://www.girlpower.gov/adultswhocare/resources/Pubs/ResourcesMaterials.pdf
This information sheet is designed to provide middle school personnel with resources to help prevent and detect eating disorders among students.

 

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 National Resources & Websites

 

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders – ANAD
http://www.altrue.net/site/anadweb/
We provide hotline counseling, a national network of free support groups, referrals to health care professionals, and education and prevention programs to promote self-acceptance and healthy lifestyles. All of our services are free of charge. ANAD also lobbies for state and national health insurance parity, undertakes and encourages research, fights dangerous advertising, and organizes advocacy campaigns to protect potential victims of eating disorders. ANAD stands with people and families and helps them win.

National Eating Disorders Association
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=337
The National Eating Disorders Association is continually creating new programs and curricula in order to accomplish its mission and increase the awareness of eating disorders.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre
http://www.nedic.ca/
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a Toronto-based, non-profit organization, established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation. NEDIC began as a result of the concerted efforts of a group of health-care providers.

Welcome to Anorexia.org
http://anorexia.org/
This site is dedicated to providing information and support to those with eating disorders, their families, and their friends.

Eating Disorders Anonymous
http://www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org/
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery.

Anorexia the starvation disease! Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anorexia/
This is a group organized to discuss anorexia and related disorders.

 
Anorexia Forum
Mental Health Today
http://pub80.ezboard.com/banorexia3218

Health & Support Message Boards - Anorexia
http://web.icq.com/boards/browse_folder?tid=2192

 

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Could These 'Smart Scales' Cure Anorexia? - 75% of patients who used device were free of symptoms a year later.

 

Despite Image, Most Anorexics Are 45 or Older
By Louise Gagnon, The Medical Post
http://www.mentalhealth.com/mag1/p5m-et01.html
While the typical image of an anorexic is that of a young, overachieving female, these sufferers make up just a fifth of those who eventually die from the disease, according to research presented here.

Addiction and the Eating Disorders
by Caroline Davis, Ph.D.
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/p010259.html
Although comprehensive theories of addiction recognize the etiological importance of environmental and cognitive factors, it has been widely accepted for many years that addiction is also a brain disease and that individuals differ in their susceptibility to this condition (Leshner, 1997; Wise and Bozarth, 1987).

Disordered Beauty: Anorexia
by Michael Sones
http://www.beautyworlds.com/anorexia.htm
In the mid-nineteenth century successful Western businessmen and politicians "tummy bulged." Their relative obesity in societies in which the scourge of potential famine had only relatively recently been overcome was a sign of their high status and social success. Eating disorders were relatively rare then. They have now become much more common and are quite possibly increasing in the developed countries where there is relatively ample food. Only in countries where there is ample food can there be a cultural fashion for thinness.

"Strep" Infection May Cause One Type Of Anorexia
Doctor’s Guide
http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/34ea6.htm
Some cases of anorexia nervosa in youngsters may come on suddenly after a case of "strep" throat or other infection, suggests a study in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Anorexia Goes High Tech
By JESSICA REAVES
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,169660,00.html
A wave of pro-anorexia web sites has flooded the Internet, providing dangerous support and how-to tips to a new generation of anorexics. TIME.com's Jessica Reaves investigates.

Anorexia 'has genetic basis'
By Marlene Smits
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1575523.stm
Proof that anorexia may be due to physical deficiencies opens a door for future treatment with medication.

Netting the NET: An anorexia nervosa gene is caught!
Contact: Frank Sissingh
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-08/mp-ntn072502.php
The study findings, published in the August issue of Molecular Psychiatry, are clear-cut and are set to turn future genetic studies of anorexia nervosa towards the norepinephrine neurochemical system.

Online Cry for Help?
ABC News.com
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/GoodMorningAmerica/GMA01703Anorexic_websites.html
With names like "Anorexic with Pride" and "Food is Evil," some new Web sites may be an unhealthy lure for those who suffer from eating disorders.

Stop Anorexia Now!
Ron Brown, Author of The Body Fat Guide
http://members.aol.com/bodyfatguy/stopanorexia.html
ANOREXIA, clinically referred to as anorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder based on the drive to be thin. The anorexic has an obsessive fear of being fat. Anorexics are well below normal weight and often have disturbed body images that cause them to see themselves as being fat, even if they are down to skin and bones. They usually have disturbed eating patterns that may include prolonged crash dieting, bingeing and fasting. In addition, anorexics may purge their bodies of food by self-induced vomiting and/or by over-exercising.

Autoimmune Anorexia
by Josie Glausiusz
http://www.discover.com/apr_03/breakauto.html
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia may be biological as well as psychological. A new study suggests these disorders could occur when the immune system attacks appetite-controlling molecules in the brain.

Perfectly Skinny: Study Confirms Perfectionism Is a Strong Trait of Anorexics
By Ephrat Livni, ABC News.com
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/anorexia001117.html
Nobody’s perfect, but anorexics think they should be, according to a new study that confirms what many eating disorder experts have long suspected.
 

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 Medical Information

 

DSM-IV: Anorexia Nervosa
http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/anorexia.htm
Diagnostic criteria for 307.1 Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa - Diagnostic Criteria
http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis1/p21-et01.html
American Description.

Anorexia Nervosa - Diagnostic Criteria
http://www.mentalhealth.com/icd/p22-et01.html
European Description

Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa
http://www.mentalhealth.com/dx/dx-et01.html

Anorexia Nervosa – 30 questions
By Charles Kelly
http://www.manythings.org/voa/000720sr.htm

Eating Attitudes Test, EAT-26
http://www.river-centre.org/cgi-bin/test.cfm

Biological Causes of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
Jeremy Hirst
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro98/202s98-paper3/Hirst3.html
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect millions of people each year in the United States (1). Popular thought holds that these disorders are caused by women trying to fulfill a culturally imposed ideal body image which stresses thinness. As anorexia and bulimia have proven difficult to treat solely with a psychological-based treatment plan it is likely that there are many factors contributing to these disorders. Research has shown, however, that there is a significant biological component which leads to a manifestation of these disorders (2).

Treatments for anorexia
http://flfl.essortment.com/treatmentsfora_rfoo.htm
The self-starvation that is common of anorexia nervosa is caused by a complex psychiatric disorder that afflicts about 1 in 100 Americans, mostly young girls or young women. Very few males are afflicted with this disease, they ones that are, are mostly weight-conscious young boys, who are dancers, gymnasts or other athletes. The cause of anorexia, a medical term for appetite loss, is unknown.

Treatment Resistance in Anorexia Nervosa and the Pervasiveness of Ethics in Clinical Decision making
Chris MacDonald, PhD
http://www.cpa-apc.org/Publications/Archives/CJP/2002/april/briefCommunicationTreatmentResistance.asp
Clinical efforts to treat anorexia nervosa (AN) are constantly resisted by patients.

WHAT ARE SPECIFIC TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS WITH ANOREXIA?
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ucdhs/health/a-z/49EatingDisorders/doc49specific2.html
Patients with severe anorexia need intensive treatment, which often includes hospitalization and a team approach. It is a very difficult disorder and the treatments used for bulimia are not as effective for this problem. Early intervention is needed to prevent the health problems associated with this problem, which can be severe.

LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA AND BULIMIA NERVOSA
Eating Disorders Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
David B. Herzog, M.D. David J. Dorer, Ph.D., Pamela K. Keel, Ph.D., Debra L. Franko Ph.D.
http://www.hmcnet.harvard.edu/psych/redbook/44.htm
Longitudinal Study of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, Eating Disorders Unit, Child Psychiatry Service, MGH This thirteen-year project is the only prospective, naturalistic study, of a large, successfully maintained cohort of eating disordered women. A cohort of 246 women seeking treatment for anorexia or bulimia nervosa between 1987-1991 have been followed prospectively for a median of 9 years and interviewed semi-annually. Data from the longitudinal study includes prospective weekly information covering eating disorder symptomatology, comorbid psychopathology, and treatment participation, and prospective monthly information on psychosocial functioning.

 

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Anorexia Nervosa : Judy's Story
http://www.angelfire.com/ms/anorexianervosa/
My name is Judy Sargent. I am 35 years old and a recovered anorexic. I suffered from severe anorexia nervosa for 10 years, was hospitalized 26 times, and landed myself in intensive care units on multiple occasions. You would never guess any of these things looking at me today.

Some Times I Feel So Alone
http://www.nolamarie.net/causes/anorexia.html
I have decided to do this page on Anorexia Nervosa because a very good friend of mine has it. Right now she is in her third treatment center. They have her eating 3000 calories a day and she can still not gain weight. This summer she got down to 64 pounds, she is at least 5' 5". I know when I saw her my mouth just dropped open. In the 3 years I have known her, this was the worse I had seen her. She is a very smart attractive young lady, and at one time had hopes of going to school to become a lawyer. Now she just wants to live. I pray for her and her family each day that she will find the strength to overcome this. I hope that by doing this page I may help someone that is struggling with an eating disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa: the relentless pursuit of thinness & Cindy's Story
http://www.girlpower.gov/girlarea/bodywise/eatingdisorders/anorexia.htm
Cindy was 12 when she developed anorexia nervosa. A rather shy, studious girl, she tried hard to please everybody. She was attractive, but just a little bit overweight. She was afraid that she wasn't pretty enough to get the attention of boys in her class. Her father jokingly told her that she would never get a boyfriend if she didn't loose some weight. She took him seriously though, and began to diet. "I thought that being thin was the most important thing. I thought it was the only way to get people to like me or notice me. I started worrying that if I ever gained weight I'd become ugly."

Natalie's Anorexia Pages
http://www.dawnmist.demon.co.uk/ed00.htm
I have produced these pages as a spinoff project from a book that I am writing about eating disorders in general and anorexia nervosa in particular. Anorexia is a much-misunderstood condition, and my aim is eventually to provide a proper explanation of its causes, some medical information, my personal story, and a links and resources section.

Anorexia Stories
http://www.eating.ucdavis.edu/speaking/told/anorexia/

My Story – Anorexia
by Mary
http://www.recoveryresources.org/marystory1.html
Hello to all--my name is Mary and I've had anorexia for 13 years. My road to recovery has been about 8 years long. I am also a graduate student in Speech Communication at the University of Illinois. I'm writing a two-part post to introduce you to both of these--often conflicting--aspects of "me."

MY MONSTER, MY BATTLE
http://www.angelfire.com/ok/DISTRESS/index.html
You would have never thought that it could have happened to me. Well, I've had a rocky time dealing with life in general, that I never paid attention to my weight. Then I became 12.  I had no control over my life, no control over my grades. I discovered that I could actually control the amount of food that I consumed. In my mind, my crush would like me better I'd be popular and life would be great. What a surprise. I lost weight all right, but I was losing my life.

The Picture of Anorexia
By an anonymous writer
http://www.trincoll.edu/zines/tj/tj10.24.96/articles/cover.html
The picture of anorexia has become more complex than ever before. Social and political factors can not be ignored when looking at the moldings of anorexia they are not the only factors that allow anorexia to manifest. The problems of anorexia lie deep within the individual; anyone who denies this does not understand the disease. This account is based solely on personal experience.

My name is Lilly
http://www.expage.com/anorexiakills
My name is Lilly, I am 16 years old, in the 11th grade, and recovering from anorexia. I am NOT making this site so people will feel sorry for me, or anything like that. I just want to educate others about eating disorders. This disease doesn't just happen to super models and actresses, but to "normal" people...like me.

Anorexia: A Sufferer's Site
http://members.tripod.com/lunazero/anorexia/
My name is Morgan. I'm 17 and have been suffering from anorexia since I was about 10 or 11 and bulimia for about a year. I made this website partially because it is theraputic for me, but most importantly because I want to share my story, my insight into eating disorders, and offer some information and support for others who are like me and suffer as I have.

Anorexia Nervosa Through the Eyes of a Survivor
http://www.angelfire.com/ny/nynkathleen/anorexia.html
Anorexia really is a disease, the same as diabetes or cancer. One does not choose to live that way, even though to many, even the victim at times, it may seem like the opposite. Although the choices we make affect our recovery certainly, this disease will not let us think for ourselves. It takes control.

OVERCOMING ANOREXIA: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT
By Jo A. Witt
http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/anorexia/article.html
It has been many years now since I exhibited anorexic traits, and I feel that I have nearly if not completely overcome this condition that affects many people in today's society. And although my anorexic compulsions did not advance to the extent that many others with this same condition do, I am hopeful that some who read this article will feel encouraged that they, too, can overcome anorexia.

Amy's story
http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0IBX/4_8/82351530/p1/article.jhtml?term=anorexia
Anorexia is like you're running down a hill, and all this wind is going through your hair, and it's exciting. But all of a sudden, you're going too fast and start to spiral our of control. You fall. then you're just sitting on the ground, shocked, with all these bruises.


Holly - A Student's Story of Hope
Indiana University - The Center for Adolescent Studies
http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v3i2/holly.html
I look like a normal, well-adjusted 15-year-old high school sophomore. I like talking to friends on the phone, riding my bike, watching TV, and spending time with my boyfriend. I make above average grades and like math and science classes the best.

Starved of Life: Natalie's Story
http://www.dawnmist.demon.co.uk/edshed/ed01.htm
I am an intelligent, educated woman in my mid-thirties. I have thrown away most of my life since early childhood by persistently starving myself to the point of emaciation and beyond. And now I am terminally ill.
 

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 Books & Videos

 

The Long Road Back: A Survivor's Guide to Anorexia - click here.
Judy Tam Sargent, Contribution by Sonia Nordenson
Judy Tam Sargent, RN, M.S.N., chronicles her spiraling descent, deep into the jaws of Anorexia Nervosa. She spent ten years in and out of over twenty-five treatment centers, many of which committed atrocious acts against their eating-disordered patients. She was then only a teenager.

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
Lori Gottlieb
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1&ean=9780425178904
With an edgy wit and keenly observant eye, Stick Figure delivers an engrossing glimpse into the mind of a girl in transition to adulthood. This raw, no-holds-barred account is a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society's expectations.

Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
by Marya Hornbacher (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060930934/002-6849783-7858452?vi=glance
Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and step into a netherworld where up is down and food is greed, where death is honor and flesh is weak? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya Hornbacher sustains both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal." By the time she is in college, Hornbacher is in the grip of a bout with anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she re-created the experience and illuminated that tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back--on her own terms.

Anorexia Nervosa
by Lindsey Hall, Monika Ostroff
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0936077328/psychologyn0b-20/002-6849783-7858452
"This inspired, compassionate book will be a tremendous resource to persons whose lives are, or have been affected by anorexia."

Surviving an Eating Disorder
by Michelle Siegel (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060952334/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
Surviving an Eating Disorder became an instant success when it was first published in 1988, not just because it was among the first books to alert America to the serious dangers of a silent but widespread disease, but because it offered effective solutions and support for family and friends of those with eating disorders. Eight years after its publication, the book continues to sell briskly and generate continuing interest from readers.

Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia-A Practical, Lifesaving Guide
by Ira M., M.D. Sacker, Marc A., Ph.D. Zimmer
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446384178/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
Packed with information on how, when and where anorexics, bulimics and their families can seek help, this book provides a caring comprehensive examination of anorexia and bulimia.

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-By-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers
by Abigail H. Natenshon (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0787945781/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
When Your Child has an Eating Disorder is the first hands-on workbook to help parents successfully intervene when they suspect their child has an eating disorder. This step-by-step guide is filled with self-tests, questions and answers, journaling and role playing exercises, and practical resources that give parents the insight they need to understand eating disorders and their treatment, recognize symptoms in their child, and work with their child toward recovery. This excellent and effective resource is one therapists can feel confident about recommending to patients.

The Eating Disorder Sourcebook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders
by Carolyn Costin
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0737301023/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
Provides a compassionate and comprehensive look at this potentially fatal disorder through a multidimensional approach that incorporates nutritional, psychological, and biochemical aspects. Costin addresses questions about the cause, treatment, and prevention of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and activity disorder. Patients, families, and professionals may avail themselves of up-to-date information on treatment programs, family therapy, and support groups.

Anatomy of Anorexia
by Steven Levenkron
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393321010/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
Anatomy of Anorexia is a tremendous tool for families: now more than ever, early diagnosis and treatment, and family participation, are crucial in helping the anorexic. Preeminent therapist Steven Levenkron demystifies this life-threatening disease and shows how the millions of girls and women who are afflicted with anorexia can be helped--and can look forward to rich and productive lives.

Desperately Seeking Self: An Inner Guidebook for People With Eating Problems
by Viola Fodor
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/093607728X/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/002-6849783-7858452
For people concerned with eating disorders and the psychotherapists who treat them. This is a gift book that can be given to anyone troubled by foodand weight issues, family and loved ones, and therapists.

A Starving Madness, Tales of hunger, hope & healing in psychotherapy
Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.
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ASM&Category_Code=AB
Stories have the power to change lives. This compelling collection is based on actual clients of a New York psychologist who specializes in eating and body image disorders. It is a revealing look at the process of psychotherapy and the healing power of the relationship between therapist and client. Sufferers, their loved ones, and caregivers will benefit from the insights provided in this beautifully written collection.

Activity Anorexia: Theory, Research, and Treatment
W. Frank Epling, Ph.D. and W. David Pierce, Ph.D.
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AAN&Category_Code=AB
The parallels with anorexia and excessive exercise are striking, and this book has a collection of 17 chapters ranging from descriptions of studies with rats to human studies of hyperactive exercise in the eating disorders. Among the areas of discussion are principles of activity anorexia, various animal models, the athletic triad, issues in food-restricting male athletes,and excessive exercise in cases of anorexia.

Anorexia Nervosa and Recovery: A Hunger for Meaning
Karen Way, MA
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Through the voices of twenty-one women, ages 19-44 from all socioeconomic backgrounds, Way presents a compassionate picture of the experience of anorexia nervosa, particularly the complex individual variables and obstacles in the journey to recovery. Chapters include: Emptiness, Society's Girl, Families, Onset, Chronicity, Choices, Changes, and Meaning.

Beyond Anorexia: Narrative, Spirituality and Recovery
Catherine Garrett
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BYA&Category_Code=AB
Based on the author's own experiences and drawing on conversations with over 30 other former anorexics, this book is a fascinating sociological exploration of how people recover. Garrett demonstrates that narrative is fundamental to healing, and that recovery is a "spiritual" experience which reconnects the self with body, nature, and society. She also analyzes spirituality and its relationship with formal religion and the ascetic rituals of eating disorders.

Bulimia-Anorexia: The Binge/Purge Cycle and Self-Starvation
Marlene Boskind-White, Ph.D. and William White, Ph.D.
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BAP&Category_Code=AB
This third edition of Boskind-White’s pioneering work on treatment combines important facts from previous editions with expanded and updated information on nutrition, sociocultural perspectives, and activism. A new chapter, "Surviving Managed Care" provides practical and valuable strategies for interaction with insurance providers.

Fasting Girls
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
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This book looks to the history of anorexia nervosa for answers to some of the most persistent questions about its origins, demographics, and treatment. When Fasting Girls first appeared in 1988, anorexia nervosa was widely considered a new disease, in fact, most people thought it would go away. Joan Jacobs Brumberg's award-winning book changed that perception by demonstrating when and where anorexia nervosa originated and why it has become so "popular" in our time.

The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa
Hilde Bruch, MD
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A classic examination of anorexia nervosa, Bruch's viewpoint is as relevant today as when this eminent authority on eating disorders wrote it in the late seventies. This landmark book is informative and insightful reading for anyone concerned with anorexia; parents, teachers, school counselors, doctors, even potential and actual anorexics themselves.

It's Not Your Fault: Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia through Biopsychiatry
Russell Marx, MD
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Emphasizing that an eating disorder is a means of coping with life and as such is no one's "fault," Marx offers a clear, medically sound primer on diagnosis and treatment. Included in his discussions are: warning signs, how to find help, when hospitalization is necessary, how to control bulimic eating, the possible role of drug treatment, descriptions of both one-on-one and group therapies, and the benefits of an individualized program combining psychiatric and medical help.

Recovery From Anorexia: (Audio) The Personal Triumph of 8 Remarkable Women
Jane E. Latimer
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Formerly Titled: Full Recovery 1: The Personal Triumphs of Former Anorexics
In telephone interviews, women who recovered from anorexia and bulimia provide valuable hope and insight for those who are still struggling. The criteria for being "fully" recovered are a passion for living, no fears that the disordered behaviors would recur, an ability to enjoy life regularly,and healthy skills for handling stress. Including: Carolyn Costin, Cindy Bitter, Lynn McDonald, Linda Sassone, Judy Sargeant, Debra McDermott, and Jane E. Latimer.

When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: A Guide To Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia
Deborah M. Michel, Ph.D., & Susan G. Willard, L.C.S.W.
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WDB&Category_Code=AB
What constitutes an eating disorder, and why does someone develop one? What can family, friends, and professionals do to help an individual suffering from a potentially devastating eating problem? This invaluable primer on anorexia and bulimia is written for patients and the people who care about them. In simple, straightforward language, two experts in the field describe the symptoms and warning signs of eating disorders, explain their presumed causes and complexities, and suggest effective treatments.
 

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