Season triggers more calls for help.Byline: Elizabeth Cooney
The following correction was published Dec. 5, 2007:
The Multi-services Eating Disorders Association The Eating Disorders Association, known as beat since February 2007, is the major British medical charity in the area of eating disorders. It is dedicated to helping people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders, and providing will hold a workshop on coping with the holiday season from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at its Newton office. Because of a reporting error, the time of the workshop was incorrect in a story in Monday's Living section.
For people with eating disorders eating disorders, in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity. , the holidays can be a painful time.
Clinicians who treat the illnesses likely spent last week talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to their patients about how they fared over Thanksgiving, said Beth Mayer, chief executive officer of Multi-service Eating Disorders Association. Holiday celebrations centered on food can trigger depression, fear, grief, anger and anxiety in people struggling with anorexia, bulimia bulimia: see eating disorders. and binge eating Binge eating
A pattern of eating marked by episodes of rapid consumption of large amounts of food; usually food that is high in calories.
Mentioned in: Anorexia Nervosa .
Calls to the nonprofit agency in Newton and visits to support groups double at this time of year.
"These times are unbelievably challenging," she said.
Eating disorders can be life-threatening when people become malnourished mal·nour·ished
Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet. after not eating enough or vomiting what they do eat. Although not the most common psychiatric disorder, its fatality rate fa·tal·i·ty rate
See death rate.
see case fatality rate. of between 10 percent and 20 percent ranks high on the list of mental illnesses.
"It's a very misunderstood illness," said Ms. Mayer, a clinical social worker. "People don't realize the level of really horrifying distress that people are in."
MEDA recommends tips (see list) for coping with a season focused in many ways on food. It is also holding a workshop at 7:30 p.m. (SEE CORRECTION) Dec. 10 at its Newton office called "Strength and Connection Through the Holiday Season."
The agency offers assessments, referrals and support groups for individuals and families in Massachusetts and across the country through its Web site (www.medainc.org) and phone lines (866) 343-MEDA or (617) 558-1881).