W. Stewart Agras MD FRCPC


Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are conditions that cause a person to have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to food and body image. Some people with eating disorders severely restrict their food intake (anorexia nervosa), while others eat excessively (binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating). They may also…

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…

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder happens when a person often eats large amounts of food in a short time. People who have it feel out of control and may eat until they are painfully full. Unlike people with bulimia, they don’t vomit or try other ways to get rid of calories after a binge. Some people who binge have a normal weight…

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…

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia (say “boo-LEE-mee-uh”) is an eating disorder that causes people to eat a large amount of food in a short time (binge). Then, in order to prevent weight gain, they do something to get rid of the food (purge), like vomit, exercise too much, or take laxatives. A person who has bulimia may be a normal size and deny…