November 11, 2014

4:55 PM | Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Society that Loves Fat Shaming (and Dieting)
Is ED recovery easier when your body is “normative or stereotypically desirable”? The anon asking the question implied that recovery could be more difficult because “an obese person … will never stop hearing hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type.” Anon asked, “Have there been any studies on this?” Andrea tackled this question in her last post (it might be helpful to read it first if you […]

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Lebow, J., Sim, L.A. & Kransdorf, L.N. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders., The Journal of Adolescent Health, PMID:

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October 31, 2014

4:05 PM | I Need How Many Calories? Caloric Needs in Bulimia Nervosa Patients
In the 1980s, a few studies came out suggesting that patients with bulimia nervosa (BN) require fewer calories for weight maintenance than anorexia nervosa patients (e.g., Newman, Halmi, & Marchi, 1987) and healthy female controls (e.g., Gwirtsman et al., 1989). Gwirtsman et al. (1989), after finding that patients with bulimia nervosa required few calories for weight maintenance than healthy volunteers, had these suggestions for clinicians: When bulimic patients are […]

de Zwaan, M., Aslam, Z. & Mitchell, J.E. (2002). Research on energy expenditure in individuals with eating disorders: a review., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 31 (4) 361-9. PMID:

Gwirtsman, H.E., Kaye, W.H., Obarzanek, E., George, D.T., Jimerson, D.C. & Ebert, M.H. (1989). Decreased caloric intake in normal-weight patients with bulimia: comparison with female volunteers., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 49 (1) 86-92. PMID:

Kotler LA, Devlin MJ, Matthews DE & Walsh BT (2001). Total energy expenditure as measured by doubly-labeled water in outpatients with bulimia nervosa., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29 (4) 470-6. PMID:

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