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  1. Living With Anorexia: Lizzy

    By Lizzy I guess it all started with a diet when I was a sophomore in high school. I had been overweight for awhile, but I hadn't given much thought to it. Then, my grandpa died, and I thought, "Life is really short, and I'm tired of spending it in a body that I hate." At least, that's what I told m

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  2. The Changing Face of Anorexia

    Think anorexia is a teen disease, or a habit taken up by spoiled, white rich girls? Think again. White women in their teens and 20s still account for most anorexia cases in the U.S. But experts say women in their 40s and 50s, men, black and Hispanic women, and even little girls as young as 8 or 9 ye

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  3. Living With Anorexia: Melissa Román

    By  Melissa Román I come from a very Catholic family in which everything has to be picture perfect, even if it's an illusion, like in "Desperate Housewives." I was always thin, while my sister was the overweight one -- my mother put her on Weight Watchers when she was 12. Early on, I got the message

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  4. Anorexia and Bulimia: Cracking the Genetic Code

    Not so long ago, doctors and therapists blamed anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders on overly controlling parents. When they first gained attention in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the diseases were often seen as psychosomatic -- the willful behavior of often-spoiled, privileged teenagers

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  5. Living With Anorexia: Carré Otis

    By Carré Otis Growing up in an alcoholic household where life was chaotic and unstable had me searching for ways to cope and remedy the anxiety I experienced. I had a tremendous fear of becoming a woman, and my relationship with my mother was fractured. I lacked the nurturing that makes the process

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  6. Brain Differences in Women With Anorexia?

    July 8, 2005 -- The eating disorder anorexia nervosa may be tied to the brain. Researchers recently compared brain imaging of healthy women with those who had been anorexic in the past. The images showed that the former anorexia patients had increased activity in brain areas that make dopamine. Dopa

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  7. Pro-Anorexia Web Sites Prey on Insecurities

    My Princess Ana, Fragile Innocence: The cutesy names disguise the dark agenda of pro-anorexia web sites and message boards. On these sites, "Ana" means anorexia and "Mia" is bulimia. For many, "Ana" is a friend or enemy they all have in common. Pro-anorexia web sites are controversial -- providing "

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  8. Controlled Exercise May Help Anorexia

    July 23, 2004 -- Women hospitalized for anorexia may gain more weight -- and feel less driven to exercise abuse -- when they take part in a safe-exercise program. The finding comes from patients at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. As

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  9. Anorexia Is Hitting Older Women

    This isn't about any teenager: Wives, new mothers, professional women, and empty nesters are developing eating disorders.   Women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s are showing signs of anorexia or bulimia. The problem often begins so subtly that neither she nor her family realizes what's happening, ex

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  10. Women With Anorexia Nervosa Often Relapse

    June 25, 2004 -- The road to recovery may be a long one for women with anorexia nervosa. A new study shows about one in three women treated for the eating disorder experience a relapse within two years after being discharged from the hospital. Anorexia nervosa affects less than 1% of the population

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