W. Stewart Agras MD FRCPC


Eating Disorders: Cultural and Social Factors

Eating disorders occur most often in industrialized cultures where there is an emphasis on thinness, especially if thinness is linked to success. Magazines, television, and other media have created an unrealistic image of the perfect, successful person. The pressure to be thin can lead to intense dieting, even in very…

Eating Disorders: Stopping Negative Thoughts

People who have an eating disorder often become preoccupied with negative thoughts about themselves. It is often hard for them to think healthy or balanced thoughts. Although it is impossible to stop all negative thoughts, you can reduce these thoughts with a few simple techniques. Remember that your goal is to feel…

Bulimia Nervosa

What is bulimia nervosa? Bulimia (say “boo-LEE-mee-uh”) is a type of eating disorder. People with bulimia will eat a larger amount of food than most people would in a similar situation, in a short period of time (binge). Then, in order to prevent weight gain, they will do something to get rid of the food (purge). They…

Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder

When a loved one has an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating and is in treatment, it is important that you show support. Personal support You can show personal support by: Showing and stating your love. Avoiding the temptation to control the person. Trusting that your loved one has developed his or…

Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others

Sometimes people who have anorexia find it difficult to trust the family, friends, health professionals, and other caring people who are trying to help them. There are many reasons for this, ranging from anxiety about losing control and gaining weight to confused thinking because of malnutrition. And it can be hard to…