Additional Health Articles

  • What Exactly is Bulimia?

    In our high-pressure, image-focused society, some people turn to drastic, unhealthy measures to try to change their bodies. No one wants to develop an eating disorder, but what may start out as experimentation with a disordered eating behavior can escalate into a habit, and then a consuming lifestyle. In this blog, we will investigate bulimia -- its causes, signs, risks and what you can do to help.

  • Here’s Why There’s Hope if You Have an Eating Disorder

    If you have an eating disorder, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with their relationships with food and their bodies. But for those struggling beyond disordered thinking or eating into full-blown eating disorders, don’t give up! There is hope.

  • 5 Great Tips for Overeaters

    There are so many reasons that we may overeat. Some of us overeat when we’re happy, some of us when we’re bored, some of us overeat when we’re feeling sad or lonely, and for others, we just have a hard time recognizing when we’re full. Whatever the reason for your overeating, you can learn to deepen your awareness of the thought and behavioral patterns that lead to overeating, and then use that information to make choices that serve you. Read on to explore five great tips for overeaters!

  • The Science of Appetite

    Appetite, as distinct from hunger, encompasses so much more than a biological urge to correct low blood sugar. It is the desire to eat. Our relationship with food, pleasure, and nourishment exists in this gap between biological hunger and our desire to eat. It is a complex, dynamic interplay between our hormones, senses, habits, past experiences, future expectations, and available food. Let’s take a look at the science of appetite to discover more about this gap.

  • Do You Really Have to Be Perfect to Love Your Body?

    So many people spend countless hours berating themselves in their minds, abusing themselves at the gym, and depriving themselves of life’s pleasures in order to perfect their bodies in the pursuit of happiness. Images from TV, film, magazines and even people in our lives equate airbrushed versions of a small representation of the population with a fairytale ending, encouraging us to believe that our lives can only truly begin once all the conditions are just so. But, do you really have to be perfect to love your body?

  • What is Body Image?

    We all have a body image. It’s part of the human experience to have feelings about how we look and how we think others see us. Body image isn’t just about liking or disliking certain body parts, it encompasses your perception of your whole body. It includes how you perceive the way you look, how you think and feel about your body, how you think other people view your body, and how connected you feel to it. It’s the link between how we see ourselves and how we treat our bodies.

  • What do Body Image and Binge Eating Have in Common?

    For anyone who has ever struggled with binge eating, it will come as no surprise that bingeing and body image are intimately linked. When we engage in eating behaviors that we know in our hearts aren’t supporting our best health, or when we mentally associate our own repeated actions with a body type that we see as undesirable, we’re likely to be carrying around some serious body image baggage. The good news about this connection, though, is that by making a positive change on one side of the equation, we can impact the other side as well.

  • Does Weight Loss Improve Body Image?

    There is a common belief that body image is correlated with one’s actual physical appearance. That is, many of us believe that if we somehow “improve” how we look – by losing weight, for example - we will be happier with our appearance. It makes sense, but it is not always true. A Purdue University study has demonstrated that Caucasian teenage girls who lose weight, transitioning from an obese weight into a healthier weight range, still see themselves as overweight even after they’ve shed the pounds. So, losing weight doesn’t always make us feel better about ourselves. Why is this? Here are a few reasons.

  • Body Image and Nutrition

    When it comes to challenges with body image, the conversation usually focuses on the emotional toll such struggles can take. They can severely damage our confidence and sense of self-worth, and that can hold us back from living our fullest lives. However, you might be surprised to learn that body image struggles can be detrimental to our physical health as well. Those who suffer from a poor body image may try a number of tactics to reduce calories in their diet, and that can lead to a diet that is lacking in important nutrients. Read on to learn how some of the most common calorie-cutting strategies can end up robbing our diets of the nutrients we need to be truly healthy.

  • Weight Loss and Pleasure: What’s the Connection?

    Often, we associate the pleasure of food with weight gain. When we enjoy food “too much,” the thinking goes, we over-indulge and pack on extra pounds. Actually, the reverse is often true – pleasure, when approached in a healthy way, can actually help us lose weight. But there are a number of toxic beliefs and behaviors we need to overcome for that to be the case.

  • Body Image and Touch

    Of course, many of us realize that our body image relates most closely to our own conception of our worth. If we believe we are worthy human beings, regardless of what the scale says, we are likely to have a positive body image—and vice versa.

  • Men, Body Image, and the Media

    More and more, there is a growing awareness around the ways in which media messages negatively impact the body image and self-esteem of women and girls. But what about men and boys? Though the dialogue around it may not be as robust, the way that men and boys see themselves is certainly shaped by the media.

  • Why Isn’t My Diet Working?

    It seems almost paradoxical. We’re told that losing weight is just a matter of striking the right ratio of calories in to calories out. So we go on a diet. We strictly follow its rules. We limit our calorie intake. We exercise. But we don’t lose weight. What’s going on? Here are some important factors to consider.

  • Body Image and the Elderly

    Typically we think of body image concerns as a problem that affects adolescents and young adults, but this is not always the case. As several new studies show, the elderly, and in particular elderly women, are increasingly concerned about body image and physical appearance. If you work with the elderly or simply have a beloved senior in your life, keep these factors in mind to better understand their relationships with their bodies.

  • Natural Weight Loss and Mindfulness

    In the world of nutrition, there is often so much focus on how quickly a particular diet can help us lose weight, and how many pounds it can help us shed, that we forget why we want to lose weight to begin with—to be healthy and happy. Applying the seven attitudinal factors of mindfulness, as outlined by Dr. Job Kabat-Zinn, to weight loss can help us approach the process in a way that promotes true well-being. The factors are non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.

  • Weight Loss and Love: What’s the Connection?

    We often think that successful weight loss has to do with discipline and willpower. That those who are able to lose the weight and keep it off are the ones with the tenacity to stick to a rigid diet plan. But this is not actually the case. In reality, weight loss has much more to do with how we view love than with our supposed level of willpower – here’s how.

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