Tuesday, November 22, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The majority of Americans embrace the holiday season as a festive time to eat, drink and celebrate with friends, family and co-workers. For those with eating disorders such as binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa, however, the holiday season can be a nightmare.
People with eating disorders usually begin to worry about food consumption at holiday gatherings weeks — sometimes even months — before the event, says Leslie Sim, Ph.D., clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Eating Disorders Program.
"Unfortunately for our patients with eating disorders, the holiday season is really a nightmare. It's something that they dread and talk about and anticipate for months ahead of the holidays," Dr. Sim says. "It's really a stressful time because there are large amounts of food around. That's how people celebrate."
About 10 million females and 1 million males suffer from an eating disorder and millions more are struggling with a binge eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
Dr. Sim suggests a few tips to navigate through holiday gatherings:
Dr. Sim is available for broadcast, print and radio interviews on coping with eating disorders during the holiday season now through January 2012. To schedule an interview, contact Nick Hanson at 507-284-5005 or email@example.com. For broadcast-quality audio and video of Dr. Sim discussing eating disorders, visit newsblog.mayo.org.
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