CategoryEating Disorders

Emotional Eating – How to Stop Comfort Eating


Comfort eaters generally receive little sympathy. While most people understand anorexia or bulimia, the comfort eater merely seems greedy. In fact, comfort eating is a serious problem – for some a fatal one. The Nature of Comfort Eating What used to be called “comfort eating” is more commonly referred to today as “emotional,” or “stress” eating. Whatever words...

How to Help Someone With Bulimia


Knowing that someone you love struggles with bulimia is deeply upsetting. For many, it is also baffling. But bulimia can be a serious condition – sometimes even a fatal one. Understanding Begin by finding out all you can about the disorder. The more you know, the more help you will be. You will also avoid saying something foolish or insensitive. As soon as someone realizes you don’t know...

How to Combat Emotional Eating


There are many reasons that we eat and a big part of losing weight is getting to the bottom of them and realising which are most affecting you. Many of us eat for instance simply because we’re hungry, in which case you can looking into staggering meals or eating bigger breakfasts rich in complex carbs. For others eating can be a result of boredom believe it or not, and we can end up eating...

Pica Eating Disorder


Pica eating disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a persistent appetite for non-nutritive materials. That doesn’t mean junk foods, it means things that aren’t ‘foods’ at all. For instance metal, clay, sand, soil, feces, chalk, ink, pencil, batteries, soap, mucus, lipstick and more. In young children this ‘curiosity’ is considered a normal part of...

Study Reveals Basis for Emotional Eating


Many of us deal with breakups and bad days by soothing ourselves with a bar of chocolate and a pint of ice cream. These foods taste good, but is there another reason why we look to sweet or fatty foods for comfort? A recent study suggests that a hormonal connection between our stomach and our brain can have an effect on our mood when certain foods are eaten. This study compared two groups of...

Dealing With Night Time Hunger


Being hungry in the night is a common problem and one that many of us deal with. Even if we have managed to be strict and maintain a good and healthy diet during the day, when it comes to the night it is easy to let that slip and plenty of us have found ourselves raiding the fridge in the early hours. But what causes this, and how can you prevent it? Here we will answer both of those questions...

Recognizing Eating Disorders


Terms like “anorexia” and “bulimia” are thrown around pretty commonly, but few people actually know the extent of these disorders or the damage that they cause. Eating disorders are described as an unhealthy relationship with food. Some people diet excessively, starve themselves, purge after eating, or binge eat. Many people also use eating as a way to feel like they are...

Stopping Emotional Eating


It is something that all of us have heard of, yet unfortunately there is no universal definition on emotional eating. Some people define emotional eating as a process of eating specific foods that can make them feel a lot better. Some people eat emotionally when they are anxious or sad. Others eat when they’re emotionally overwhelmed. For many people, the triggers to emotional eating are boredom...

Bulimia Side Effects


Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by the patient forcibly vomiting after eating, normally with the intention of losing weight, but other times for other psychological reasons – such as a desire to regress to a more child-like state, or due to actual enjoyment of the sensation of vomiting itself. Those with bulimia then will force themselves to be sick either by producing a gag reflex or...

Anorexia Nervosa Signs, Symptoms, Tests, Causes, and Treatment


Anorexia nervosa is defined as an eating disorder which causes individuals to become obsessed with the food they eat and their weight. Those suffering from anorexia want to maintain a weight well below what is considered normal for their height and age. They may exercise excessively or starve themselves in order to lose weight or to prevent weight gain. Symptoms Symptoms of anorexia are divided...

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos is a qualified biologist (Genetics) and experienced freelance health and medical writer from Gloucestershire in the UK. She is also a licensed registered homeopath and is particularly interested in new developments in health and medicine.

Amos studied biological science and genetics at the University of East Anglia from 1980 to 1983 and received her BSc degree. She conducted post graduate study at the Institute of Administrative Management and in 1989 received a diploma in administrative management. In 1990 she enrolled at the University of Portsmouth and graduated with an MA degree in manpower studies and human resource management in 1992.

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