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Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating Disorders (Archive)

Eating disorders are common and can affect people of any age or gender. Learn how to recognize the problem and how it can be treated.
Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating Disorders (A...
Dr. Cynthia Bulik with Joe and Terry Graedon in the studio
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What could be more natural than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full? That simple approach is far from easy for many people. Hunger and eating get disconnected in eating disorders. How can these complex problems be recognized and treated?

How Common Are Eating Disorders?

Many people think of anorexia nervosa as the classic eating disorder. But while anorexia is potentially deadly, it is the least common. The most common eating disorder? Binge eating, in which the person feels out of control. Tendencies towards these problems can set in surprisingly early, affecting young children as well as teens.

Growing older does not confer immunity to eating disorders. Middle-aged people and even geriatric patients may develop difficulties matching what they eat to what their bodies need. Such eating problems have both metabolic and psychiatric dimensions.

What Can Be Done to Combat Eating Disorders?

Current treatments involve the entire family or both members of a couple. The idea is to develop a unified strategy to re-nourish the child, if the patient is a child. Developing good support and coping strategies that work at the moment of high-risk stress is essential in treating adults.

This Week’s Guest:

Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States and is founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. In the photo, Dr. Bulik is standing behind Joe and Terry.

Dr. Bulik is author of Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment; Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions; Abnormal Psychology (co-author); Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop; The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are; and Midlife Eating Disorders. Her most recent book is Binge Control.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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