Category: Childhood Eating Disorders

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Understanding Disordered Eating

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 30, 2019

You understand anorexia and bulimia. But what about “disordered eating”? Yes, it’s an unhealthy relationship with food, but do you recognize the signs in a friend or loved one? Disordered eating may never be diagnosed as a full-fledged eating disorder. But to the person who lives with it, they live...

Is There More to Love Than What You've Experienced?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 31, 2018

One of the core traits of a dependent personality is difficulty accepting challenging or disturbing truths about self or others out of a need to maintain the status quo.

Learning How to Forgive Your Parents As a Teenager

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  July 18, 2017

Have you ever been so mad at someone (it doesn't have to be a parent) that it's all you could think about?  Every time you were around that person, you kept thinking about how mad you were.  You didn't want to be around that person.  Even though what made you...

How Your Inner Child Influences Your Food Choices

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 12, 2016

You may be over forty, but most of us have one stubborn little kid rattling around inside. This “kid” represents some unfilled childhood need. And until we either fill or let go of that need, there he or she stays—never aging, always demanding.Kids like to eat junk food. They’re not...

Family's Affect on Eating Disorders

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  July 16, 2015

The key to an eating disorder or to disordered eating often lies in relationships. For most people, those relationships lie within the family. The behaviors surrounding a dysfunctional relationship with food are often the result of another relationship—perhaps several relationships—tilting off the mark. You may be able to pinpoint immediately...

Growing Up Without Emotional Security

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 1, 2015

One of the deepest needs of children is consistency, including the certain knowledge that they are unconditionally accepts and valued by those who love them. Small children crave the repetitive, constant nature of certain stories in which the same words or phrases are used over and over again. Children learn...

The Dangers of Bingeing and Purging

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 11, 2015

Bulimia is defined as bingeing and purging. Bingeing means taking in large quantities of foods, often sweets, in an uncontrollable feeding frenzy over a specific period of time. The purging that follows is done in many ways: self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, obsessive exercising, or even bouts of starvation. At least...

Raising Children to Resist Eating Problems

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 21, 2010

The best way to ensure your child develops a healthy relationship with food is to help your child develop healthy relationships with others, starting with you.

Your Relationship With Food: Facing the Truth

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 29, 2010

A brilliant woman pianist once gave an intimate performance for a group of society women in the sun-drenched library of a country estate. Later, while dessert was being served, a guest approached the pianist, gushing, "I would give anything in the world to play as you play." The virtuoso looked...

Families of Those With Eating Disorders: 12 Characteristics

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 15, 2010

From perfectionism to abuse, there are 12 common characteristics of families of those with eating disorders.

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