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April 15, 2014

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2:51 AM | Disordered Eating and Athletic Performance: Where’s the Line?
If a person severely restricts his diet and exercises for hours each day, he has an eating disorder. If another does exactly the same but it is because she wants to make the lightweight rowing team (which has an upper weight limit), she’s a committed athlete. When the two overlap, and an athlete presents with eating disorder symptoms, how do we distinguish between the demands of the sport and the illness? I’ve been interested in the distinctions we make between disordered and […]

Werner, A., Thiel, A., Schneider, S., Mayer, J., Giel, K. & Zipfel, S. (2013). Weight-control behaviour and weight-concerns in young elite athletes – a systematic review, Journal of Eating Disorders, 1 (1) 18. DOI:

Martinsen, M., Bratland-Sanda, S., Eriksson, A. & Sundgot-Borgen, J. (2009). Dieting to win or to be thin? A study of dieting and disordered eating among adolescent elite athletes and non-athlete controls, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44 (1) 70-76. DOI:

Rouveix M, Bouget M, Pannafieux C, Champely S & Filaire E (2007). Eating attitudes, body esteem, perfectionism and anxiety of judo athletes and nonathletes., International journal of sports medicine, 28 (4) 340-5. PMID:

Ferrand C, Magnan C & Philippe RA (2005). Body-esteem, body mass index, and risk for disordered eating among adolescents in synchronized swimming., Perceptual and motor skills, 101 (3) 877-84. PMID:

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April 07, 2014

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4:03 AM | Reflecting on the 2014 International Conference on Eating Disorders
Tetyana’s Note: Instead of writing two separate posts, I’ve decided to interject and add my own thoughts/opinions to Andrea’s post. For one, I think this will reduce repetition and I think it will be better to have any differing opinions in one place (I think this will facilitate discussion, I hope).  I will clearly mark my own comments so that they are not for conflated with Andrea’s. If I don’t comment it is because I wasn’t there, have nothing to […]

March 23, 2014

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1:07 PM | For the Health of It: Disentangling “Healthy Eating” and “Orthorexia”
When is “healthy eating” not so healthy? The line between “normal” and “pathological” eating behaviours is blurry, to say the least. For some time, researchers have been attempting to define a “new” category of eating disorders: orthorexia. This category would capture “obsessions” with “healthy eating” that are (presumably) not already captured in current diagnostic criteria for eating disorders. If you’ve been […]

Koven, N.S. & Senbonmatsu, R. (2013). A neuropsychological evaluation of orthorexia nervosa, Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3 214-222. Other: 10.4236/ojpsych.2013.32019

Varga, M., Thege, B.K., Dukay-Szabó, S., Túry, F. & van Furth, E.F. (2014). When eating healthy is not healthy: orthorexia nervosa and its measurement with the ORTO-15 in Hungary., BMC psychiatry, 14 (1) 59-70. PMID:

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March 19, 2014

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4:47 PM | Good Clinicians, Helpful Comments, & Unpopular Opinions: SEDs Readers’ Responses – Part II
A few weeks ago, I asked SEDs readers a bunch of questions about their experiences with an eating disorder. Then, pretending to be a qualitative researcher, I went through the answers to see if I could find trends. I blogged about people’s responses to the first half of the question here; this post will be about the second half of the questions. (Here’s a ED survey results – Parts I and II to the pdf with all of the raw data). Please note that this analysis was not rigorous, […]
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