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Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder. These disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening.

Eating Disorders: About More Than Food (National Institute of Mental Health)

Eating Disorder Online Support Group (Butterfly Foundation - Australia)

Pregnancy and Body Image (Office on Women's Health)

Calculate Your Daily Calorie Needs (American Cancer Society)

Fit and Fabulous As You Mature (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Should I Gain Weight? (Nemours Foundation)

¿Debería ganar peso? (Nemours Foundation)

Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia (Nemours Foundation)

Trastornos de la alimentación (Nemours Foundation)

Eating Disorders (MedlinePlus)

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Recommended Books on Body Image

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women
Courtney E. Martin (2008)

This eye-opening look at twenty-first century culture and its impact on women reveals how food and weight obsession, driven in no small part by images of celebrities openly wasting away, threatens a new generation of girls as the feminist exhortation that "you can do anything" is twisted into "you must do everything."

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks, 2nd Edition
Thomas F. Cash (2008)

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to accept and enjoy the way you look instead of constantly worrying about and criticizing your appearance? What if instead of focusing on your flaws, you felt confident with the body you have right now?

Runaway Eating: The 8-Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions
Cynthia Bulik and Nadine Taylor (2005)

The first book to address a disturbing new trend: dangerous eating patterns in midlife women that can have serious health consequences.

Feeling Good about the Way You Look: A Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems
Sabine Wilhelm (2006)

In a society where a blemish or “bad hair” can ruin an otherwise perfect day and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many of us feel ashamed of our bodies

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder
James Lock, Daniel le Grange (2011)

Bringing together leading authorities, this comprehensive volume integrates the best current knowledge and treatment approaches for eating disorders in children and adolescents.

No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity
Kimberly Kirberger (2003)

From the co-author of the best-selling CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL books comes a constructive and inspirational book designed to help girls learn to love themselves by first loving their bodies.

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