Diets that turn into an eating disorder

February 20, 2008 6:35:14 PM PST
It's great to want to be healthy, but discover how diets can go too far and turn into an eating disorder.

Over 10 million women suffer from eating disorders in this country. What are the warning signs and how can you spot if your daughter is suffering from anorexia or bulemia? Dr. Johanna McShane and Lisa Samawi, a National Eating Disorders spokeswoman, joined us to explain.

Why should you care about eating disorders?

  • Eating Disorders are developing earlier and earlier in our youth as personal worth is based more and more on body size and weight.
  • Anorexia Nervosa is the most fatal mental illness in the country
  • Bulimia often goes unseen as 90 percent of bulimics are of average or above average weight, bulimia has serious health risks.
  • Log onto to learn about anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders-as education is a critical part of prevention
  • NEDA also encourages friends and family to call the toll free help line at (800) 931-2237 to learn about how they can help a loved one or themselves
  • To show your support during this week one can purchase the "Be Comfortable in Your Genes" Paige Premium Denim bracelet online at

Ten Surprising Triggers to Adult Eating Disorders and Body Image Despair

  • Deciding Not to Have Children
  • Aging Parents
  • Retirement Becoming a Grandmother
  • Empty Nest
  • Death
  • Children's Marriage
  • Menopause
  • Competing with Younger Women
  • Divorce

About Johanna Marie McShane

Johanna Marie McShane has been working in the field of eating disorders treatment for thirteen years. She was staff therapist and assessment/intake counselor for the Serenity Eating Disorders Program at Mt. Diablo Medical Pavilion, an inpatient eating disorders program in Northern California, from 1991 to 1994. She was a founding member and director of psychotherapies at the Integrated Therapies Program for Eating Disorders, an intensive outpatient program also in Northern California from 1996 to 1998. Dr. McShane has been in private practice in Lafayette, CA, for ten years, working with adolescents and adults who have eating disorders, their families and significant others.

In addition to working directly with patients, Dr. McShane leads seminars for professionals and facilitates workshops for people who suffer from eating disorders and their families. She has spoken extensively about causes and treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder, and regularly provides consultation for clinics, hospitals and private practitioners. Dr. McShane holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music. In addition, she has earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, as well as a Doctoral Degree from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. Along with writing, she has a strong commitment to research in the field of eating disorders. Her most recent research on dissociation in bulimia nervosa has been nominated for an outstanding research award in 2004.