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Is it time for an “anti-resolution?”

by Stephanie Milstein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist for the BRIDGE program at the Beaumont Children’s Hospital Hough Center for Adolescent Health

Time for an "anti-resolution"?

Year in and year out millions of individuals make, and then break, New Year’s resolutions. Generally, one of the most popular is “I’m going to clean up my eating and get into shape.” Sound familiar?

How about approaching things differently?

Whether the goal is to lose weight or something else, traditional New Year’s resolutions pave the way for something called dichotomous thinking or “black and white thinking.” This is when someone is only able to see the extremes of a situation, and is unable to see the “gray areas” in between. Dichotomous thinking is a very common defense mechanism employed by individuals with an eating disorder.

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Signs Your Child May Have an Eating Disorder

by Kathleen A. Mammel, M.D.

Today, approximately three percent of American teens have an eating disorder. It’s a problem that is far more prevalent than most people think. Almost all young people who have such a disorder exhibit signs that parents can recognize if they just know where to look.

Parent involvement is critical not only in identifying a disorder, but also in helping a teen recover from it. If your child exhibits any combination of the signs below, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Signs your child may have an eating disorder include:

  • weight loss, failure to gain, or marked fluctuations in weight
  • feeling cold when others are not
  • dizziness, “blacking out” of vision, or fainting
  • chest pain or heart palpitations
  • feeling full after little food intake

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