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Walden Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery Blog

7 Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for the Holidays from People Who’ve Been There

Cindy Hale - Dec 2018
We asked individuals in our partial hospitalization programs to share their insights on coping with an eating disorder during the holidays; here are some of the helpful tips they provided! Read More

Body Image in Sport: Risk & Protective Factors

Dara Spital - Dec 2018
Whether an athlete is faced with external pressures, is involved in an aesthetic or weight class sport, or is conforming to the norm of their sport culture, athletes face complex risk factors associated with increased body image concerns and eating disorders. Read More

Diagnosis of Eating Disorders Spikes Around Holiday Season, Experts Say

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Health at Every Size and Eating Disorder Treatment

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - Dec 2018
This video blog highlights the ways with which HAES can complement eating disorder treatment and serve as a wonderful resource in eating disorder recovery. Read More

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Taryn Reynolds - Dec 2018
Bulimia is an obsession with food and weight that manifests itself through cycles of binging and purging. It is dangerous and can have severe medical and psychological complications if not appropriately treated. Read More

Why do Pregnant Women get Eating Disorders?

Amy Allison - Nov 2018
During pregnancy, the way you and the rest of the world experience your body often changes. When every appointment becomes all about measuring, counting, and weight - and your body starts to become a topic of conversation - it can feel as though your body is no longer yours. Read More

5 Ways to Support Your Child with ARFID

Amanda Smith - Nov 2018
Caring for a child with Avoidant Restrictive Food Disorder (ARFID) can be challenging. It can be stressful ensuring that your child is meeting their nutritional needs, growing appropriately and engaging in normal developmental activities. Specialized support is available and knowing how to help your child through treatment will give you the tools necessary to maintain extended recovery. Read More

This is Me and I'm Okay.

Diann Stuart - Nov 2018
Our stories need to be heard. If my story can help get one person the eating disorder support they need and deserve, I am happy. Read More

Transgender Day of Remembrance: It's Time We Do Something

Christine Lang - Nov 2018
While we listen to the names of lives lost too soon, we are reminded of the urgency with which we work to provide safer spaces that nurture equity, inclusion, acceptance and compassion for people who may be different than ourselves. Read More

5 Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Jessica Walther - Nov 2018
While all eating disorders look a little bit differently and should be treated as such, there are many warning signs that present similarly for each diagnosis. Here are 5 symptoms that can be indicative of a larger problem. Read More

Can I be a Vegan AND in Eating Disorder Recovery? Part 1

Meg Salvia - Oct 2018
When following a vegan diet is closely aligned with your values, it can be a source of pleasure and fulfillment, especially as you take steps in your recovery. When the dietary omissions come from a place of fear or serve the eating disorder patterns of rigidity and restriction, it is definitely something worth exploring further with your treatment team. Read More

Are Eating Disorders Contagious?

Stephanie Haines - Oct 2018
It’s always Prevention season and though we do not yet have vaccines for eating disorders, there is much we can do. Prioritizing self-care is a universal prevention and is powerful in the face of contagion. Read More

National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own

Emily Slager - Oct 2018
My family has been nothing but supportive since coming out so many years ago - I don’t take that for granted. Before my conservative, religious grandparents passed away, they had a picture of us on their refrigerator which meant they were willing to define our relationship to any visitor that asked. I know that is not everybody’s story, and I feel incredibly lucky. Read More

Understanding the Role of Exercise in Eating Disorder Recovery

Matt Stranberg - Oct 2018
Many providers treating athletes may feel conflicted regarding the role of exercise within eating disorder treatment and may disallow the activity altogether. Although exercise restriction is appropriate and medically necessary for some, it can, unfortunately, lead many individuals to feel dissatisfied with the recovery process. Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with an Eating Diosrder

Chelsea DiCicco - Oct 2018
It is difficult to watch someone you love live with an eating disorder. While you can't simply fix them, there are certainly many ways that you can be a support for them and encourage them along in their path to recovery. Read More

What We're Reading: A Book Review by Dr. Linda Buchanan

Linda Buchanan - Sept 2018
I highly recommend Priming: Programming the Mind for Habit Change and Success, Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D. After reading it, I've been able to implement it in my life - both personally and professionally and have found the technique to be helpful in both areas. . Read More

3 Important Reminders for People Living at the Intersection of Identities

Christine Lang - Sept 2018
I am grateful for all the individuals that I have seen be unapologetically true to themselves as it has certainly motivated me to do the same for myself and those that I love. Your life and all the pieces of your identity matter. Read More

Rebuilding the Mind-Body Connection and Body Trust in Eating Disorder Treatment 

Erin LoPorto - Sept 2018
Rebuilding body trust and the mind-body connection is really a process of building self-awareness and claiming one's true self.  It ultimately involves trusting your instincts, and knowing you have a unique voice, perspective, and place in this world. Read More

Pediatric Eating Disorders: 3 Best Practices for Parents

Abby MacKinnel - Aug 2018
As our society continues to place great focus on physical appearance, diet culture, and unrealistic body image ideals, it is important for parents to be vigilant around their child’s eating behaviors and attitudes toward their bodies. Read More

5 Harmful Eating Disorder Myths

Sarah-Eve Hamel - Aug 2018
Myths about eating disorders are harmful and can perpetuate stigmas that prevent many people from seeking life-saving support. Read More

How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Can Change the Lives of People with Eating Disorders

Kara Foye - Aug 2018
Eating disordered thought patterns and “rules” are often rigid. The purpose of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to increase an individual’s ability to be flexible in the way they think so that they are better able to live a full and meaningful life. Read More

Balance in Schools: How to Address Weight Concerns While Limiting Impact on Body Image and Disordered Eating”

Stephanie Haines - Aug 2018
A “healthy” weight is truly different for every person. When we hold onto rigid ideas of what any individual should weigh – especially while discounting other wellness markers – we can actually negatively impact the body image and self esteem of our students and children. Read More

New Series “Insatiable” is Hard to Digest

Natalie Cohen - Aug 2018
The netflix satirical comedy, Insatiable trivialized the experience of those who have been impacted by an eating disorder. Read More

What You Need to Know About Orthorexia

Jason Arnold - Aug 2018
Orthorexia is an extreme fixation on eating only pure, unprocessed and "clean" foods that goes beyond simply wanting to improve health. Read More

6 Significant Health Risks of Anorexia Nervosa

Pat Jones - Aug 2018
From our skin and bones to our hearts and brains, anorexia impacts the entire body. Here are 6 common complications that can result from anorexia. Read More

Eating Disorder Risk Through the Athlete Life Cycle

Emily Slager - July 2018
Knowing and understanding biological, psychological and environmental factors that could contribute to the development of an eating disorder in athletes is critical in preparing and safeguarding oneself from falling into unhealthy coping strategies and practices. Read More

What is Night Eating Syndrome?

Kate Craigen - July 2018
Night eating syndrome is an eating disorder, characterized by repeated episodes of eating excessively at night (after dinner) or after you’ve gone to sleep. It can negatively affect psychosocial functioning and interrupt sleep patterns. Here are some more things you need to know about Night Eating Syndrome (NES). Read More

5 Health Risks Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Jessica Walther - July 2018
Did you know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness? Bulimia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder that has many serious health consequences that are important to be aware of. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Diabulimia

Stephanie Kadis - July 2018
While diabulimia is not yet included in the DSM-5, the term is quite often used to describe someone who is living with a comorbid diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. Here's what you need to know about this dangerous comorbid condition. Read More

4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment

George White - July 2018
Eating disorders can be difficult on the entire family system. Many families find it difficult to balance treatment with other life priorities - most importantly, ensuring the health and happiness of everyone at home. Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong family support while your child is in eating disorder treatment. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - July 2018
Simply put, HAES® represents a paradigm shift away from a weight-centric approach to health and health care to one that highlights body diversity and behavior change to attain desired health outcomes as opposed to focusing on manipulating weight and shape. Read More

4 Ways Spirituality Can Help and Hinder Eating Disorder Recovery

Natalie Hill - July 2018
Spirituality can have a complex relationship with eating disorders. Understanding the factors involved can help ensure that spirituality – should you choose to consider it as a recovery resource - becomes a positive force in your healing. Read More

3 Myths About Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ Community

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2018
While research on LBGTQ people with eating disorders is relatively limited, the findings that have emerged are concerning. It is clear that we need to do better in making the medical and psychological needs of the LGBTQ population a priority and ensure that our health providers are educated in the unique needs of this community. Read More

6 Myths about Eating Disorder Treatment

Jessica OFray - June 2018
The thought of seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be scary. There is a lot of uncertainty and the opportunity for change - which can be daunting for many. There are many myths about eating disorder treatment that don't help to minimize nerves. This blog will debust many of the common myths about eating disorder treatment so that you will feel more comfortable pursuing recovery. Read More

Is there a Difference Between Orthorexia and "Clean Eating?"

Danielle Sommers - June 2018
The function of food choices is to support our overall wellbeing as human beings. Food choices should be free from shame and judgment. And I caution you to be wary of any system or trend that imposes these feelings onto participants. Read More

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

Nina Gilbert - June 2018
Body image is complicated for everyone – especially those who have a history of an eating disorder. Be patient, have compassion for yourself and practice these five tips that can help to ease anxiety around any bodily changes that might be happening. Read More

What the World Needs Now is Kindness

Cindy Hale - June 2018
It's okay to feel, "Not Very Okay at All." Just make sure that you aren't feeling it alone. Talk to a friend, reach out to a teacher or call a hotline. Even though you may not always feel like it, there are a lot of people who care for you and want to help. Read More

What are the Signs of Anorexia

Kristin Brawn - June, 2018
If you or someone you love is exhibiting any of these symptoms indicative to an anorexia diagnosis, you can get the specialized support you deserve. Read More

Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices

Christine Lang - June 2018
Inclusive treatment environments – built on knowledge, respect, empathy and understanding for everyone – are imperative. Based on my work as an eating disorder specialist, and my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, I’d like to share a few tips for those working with the LGBTQ community. Read More

5 Risk Factors for Binge Eating Disorder

Kate Craigen - June 2018
There are many biological and environmental risk factors that can help to predict one's susceptibility to developing binge eating disorder. While many of these risk factors are outside of our control, we can take proactive steps to prevent and/or treat any cognitive or behavioral symptoms that present. Read More

Are Competitive Youth Sports Fueling the Development of Eating Disorders?

Corinne Coia - June 2018
While participating in sports can be very beneficial for growing children and adolescents, there are pieces of competitive athletics that can take a negative toll on their medical and psychological statuses. Here are some things to consider for parents and coaches of young athletes. Read More

3 Reasons to Implement Expressive Therapy in Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment

Ashley Cocchi - June 2018
Expressive Therapy can be a great complement to adolescent eating disorder treatment. Here are some of the ways your child can benefit from this intervention! Read More

Best Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Type - 1 Diabetes

Meg Salvia - May 2018
When treating individuals with co-occurring Type-1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders, it is critical that providers manage these conditions skillfully as the risks of severe medical and psychological consequences are real. Here are some helpful strategies to keep in mind when working these these populations. Read More

Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try

Natalie Hill - May 2018
Weight fluctuations are a normal part of many individual's lives. For those living with eating disorders - or working toward recovery - any change in weight can be extremely anxiety - provoking. Here are some tips to help make any weight changes during eating disorder recovery a little more manageable. Read More

5 Things You Might Not Know About ARFID: VLOG

Amanda Smith - May 2018
Did you know that a form of extreme picky eating is now considered a feeding disorder as described in the DSM-5? Learn more about this relatively new condition in this VLOG! Read More

What You Need to Know About Weight and Eating Disorder Treatment

Danielle Sommers - May 2018
In my work with individuals with eating disorders, it is inevitable that discussions around weight are going to come up. While we want to de-emphasize the importance of weight and shape, it is important - as dietitians and members of a treatment team- to be aware of weight as a way to determine health and optimal functioning. Here are some ways that providers can tackle this uncomfortable subject with their clients living with eating disorders. Read More

Do I Have Orthorexia? 5 Questions To Ask

Emily Schwarz - May 2018
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time thinking about your food intake and diet? Are you preoccupied with the source of the food you consume? Does it have to be organic, non-processed and /or farm to table? You could be experiencing orthorexia - an extreme fixation on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle practices that gets in the way of healthy psychological and medical functioning. Read More

6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Jenna Montanez - May 2018
Picky eating and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder can have many similarities - which can make it very difficult for caregivers and providers to understand when medical and/or psychological intervention is appropriate. Here are some marked differences in both conditions, which can help to diagnose ARFID so that individuals can get the necessary support. Read More

The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Erin LoPorto - May 2018
Did you know that yoga can be a great complement to eating disorder treatment and as a helpful tool in eating disorder recovery? Adding in appropriate yoga practices (that are unique to each individual and where they are at in their recovery journey) can be a great way to help connect mind and body - a practice that can be more difficult for those who have experience with eating disorders. Read More

Feeling Dizzy Frequently?: This May Be Why

Sean Jacquet - May, 2018
Many individuals living with eating disorders have experienced Orthostatic Hypotension (OH), but may not realize that the symptoms they're experience can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. Here are a few things you need to know about OH. Read More

Four Things You Might Not Know About Men and Bulimia

Matt Stranberg - April 2018
Although both men and women can experience eating disorders, there are many nuances that men living with these conditions experience independently. Here are four things you might not know about men and bulimia. Read More

The Relationship Between Orthorexia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Bridget Komosky - April 2018
There are many similarities - and comorbidity - between orthorexia and obessive compulsive disorder. Here are a few reasons why the so often co-occur and a few anecdotal examples. Read More

3 Ways to Embody Eating Disorder Prevention

Stephanie Haines - April 2018
While we know that eating disorders can develop from interplay of biological, psychological and environmental factors that are often beyond our control, there are many risk factors that we can actively work to minimize - and even prevent in our everyday encounters. Read More

Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

Gina Cipolla - April 2018
Self-injurious behavior, including eating disorders, can often leave people feeling isolated and experiencing feelings of shame and guilt. Here is some information about how these two conditions are connected. Read More

Trauma and Eating Disorders: Why do They Commonly Co-Occur

Allison Lara - April 2018
Sometimes, when an individual presents with co-morbid conditions, it is important to take into consideration the function of the eating disorder. While eating disordered behaviors can help individuals with trauma to avoid or escape uncomfortable feelings or flashbacks in the moment, using these maladaptive behaviors perpetuate the cycle of distress long-term. Read More

I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?

Nicole Pipitone - April 2018
While I can’t promise that the recommendations below will work in each varying circumstance, I’ve put together a few suggestions that have worked in the past to provide individuals with life-saving treatment when insurance becomes an obstacle. Read More

How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities

Marcella Berman - April 2018
A large part of my work with individuals in program is helping them to understand the importance of making recovery a priority while also practicing balance. Here are 3 tips to help manage eating disorder treatment with other life responsibilities. Read More

Eating Disorders and OCD: A Complicated Mix

Bethany Kregiel - April 2018
Understanding the similarities and differences between eating disorders and OCD can help providers develop a more comprehensive understanding of a client’s presentation and can also inform treatment interventions. Read More

The Link Between Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa

Kate Craigen - March 2018
While anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder have many defining features that make them unique from one another, they also have many shared features which are important to recognize when working with individuals with eating disorders Read More

Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) : 5 Tips for Providers

Amanda Smith - March 2018
Watch this video of Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director, Walden Behavioral Care - Peabody clinic to learn how you as a provider can most effectively help those living with ARFID. Read More

Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips

Katie Gustamacchio - March 2018
Thinking about planning meals for the week can be overwhelming for anyone--especially for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Walden dietitian, Katie Gustamacchio provides us with 7 helpful meal planning tips for those who are living with or are in recovery from an eating disorder. Read More

5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Erin Gilmore - March 2018
As much as we wish there was, there are no instructions for how to recover from an eating disorder. What I can say, is that everyone's recovery journey is unique, and different things will work for different people. Here are a few of my recommendations that have worked for individuals in the past. Read More

7 Tips for Relapse Prevention: RECOVER

Stephanie Kadis - March 2018
Understanding triggers and using skills are important components to avoid relapses in eating disorder recovery. The acronym of RECOVER offers some helpful tips to guide you. Read More

Do I Have Orthorexia? 4 Questions to Ask

Meg Salvia - March 2018
Although there isn’t an official screening tool or standardized diagnostic criteria to assess for orthorexia as of yet, it can be helpful to take a look at this condition from both the mental health and physical health points of view. Here are a few things to consider if you're wondering whether or not your eating patterns have become problematic. Read More

4 Recommendations for Parents of an Adolescent Discharging from Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Simone Ardent - March 2018
Helping your adolescent integrate back into their day to day routine can be challenging for everyone. Here are a few tips to help support your child's transition from eating disorder treatment. Read More

7 Things Providers Need to Know about Gender Identity and its Effect on Body Image

Christine Lang - March 2018
Even if you don’t consider yourself a specialist in working with the transgender or eating disordered population, it is important to have a general understanding of why they might co-exist and how you can best support individuals who present with either or both of these conditions. Read More

4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children

Nicole Pipitone - March 2018
With the ever-changing climate of mass media and societal pressures, children are experiencing eating disorders at younger and younger ages. For this reason, I thought it was important to list some of the things I’ve learned in working with the pediatric population. Read More

Exciting News in the Eating Disorder Field

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We are very excited to share that our non-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Education and Research in Eating Disorders (FREED), has partnered with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital to launch the first and only national brain bank dedicated to the research of eating disorders. Read More

5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care

Pat Jones - February 2018
While appropriate levels of care should not be recommended without an evaluation - including a thorough physical and psychological review - there are some recurring symptoms that are often present for many individuals admitted to an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. Here are a few of those common indicators. Read More

4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment

Amy Parent - February 2018
While you are probably well aware that your child needs eating disorder treatment, they are pulling out all of the stops to prevent you from making them go. Here are some helpful strategies to consider when your child is refusing to attend eating disorder treatment. Read More

Oy Vey! How much do you Think I Should Weigh?

Ashley Sawyer - February 2018
Why is it that there is such a high occurrence of disordered eating and eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish community? Find out some factors that may have an impact on eating disorder development within this population. Read More

Is Anorexia a Choice?

Rachel Drummey - February 2018
Lack of education or awareness of the condition can often lead friends or family to ask “is anorexia a choice?” Read More

Walden Opens Cape Cod’s First Dedicated Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Natalie Cohen - February 2018
Walden Behavioral Care, a system of specialized care for individuals and families affected by all types of eating disorders, today announced that it will be opening a new clinic in Hyannis, MA on March 1. Read More

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Confronting a Loved One with Suspected Binge Eating Disorder

Sarah - Eve Hamel - February 2018
Do you suspect that your loved one might have binge eating disorder? Are you concerned about how they will react if you confront them? Here are some helpful strategies to best frame a productive dialogue. Read More

What Recovery Means to Me

Brenna Briggs - February 2018
Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book. Read More

What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG

Kate Craigen - January 2018
Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services at Walden Behavioral Care explains the key differences between an overeating episode and a binge eating episode. Read More

A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder

Rachael Steil - January 2018
As a runner, I thought anyone but athletes had issues with food. After all, weren’t we the epitome of health? Lean and strong, thanks to exercise? I had to be the broken, I thought. I had to be the one with the lack of discipline around food. Read More

Here's Why We Place so much "Weight" in Numbers

Natalie Cohen - January 2018
Why do we as a society place so much emphasis on numbers and amounts? There is an actual psychological theory that explains why humans have an innate desire to compete and compare to one another. Learn more here! Read More

4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

Stephanie Haines - January 2018
The reality is, today's culture can often leave us feeling saturated in body judgment - both from others and ourselves. It is possible however to separate ourselves from negative environmental influences. Here are a few strategies to help you “tune out” body – focused messaging. Read More

The Four “R’s” of Eating Disorder Recovery in the New Year

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - January 2018
How to tune out the body-focused messaging during the New Year and what you can do instead! Read More

Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?

Sarah - Eve Hamel - December 2017
Are you concerned that your loved one might be exhibiting signs of disordered eating, but aren't quite sure what to be looking for? Check out the symptoms below that can be indicative to Binge Eating Disorder. Read More

3 Tips to Support Your Child through Difficult Days in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Nicole Pipitone - December 2017
Eating disorders impact the entire family system and sometimes, the recovery process can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, remember that even if your child has been steady in their recovery, they will need extra support during certain periods in their lives. Here are some tips to keep in mind during those difficult days in eating disorder treatment and recovery. Read More

5 Medical Risks of Bulimia Nervosa

Sean Jacquet - December 2017
Beyond the associated psychiatric symptoms, which often include substance use, anxiety, depression and/or self - injurious behavior, there are many potential medical risks that can make BN a particularly life-threatening condition. Here are some of those. Read More

Eating Disorder Relapse: 7 Proactive Steps to get Back on Track Toward Recovery Success (INFOGRAPH)

Natalie Cohen - December 2017
Relapse in eating disorder recovery can feel like starting over, when really, this could be a great time to get yourself back on track and reoriented toward your recovery goals. Here is an infograph describing 6 things you can do if you've found yourself reverting back to old behaviors. Read More

4 Hidden Dangers of Dieting

Bridget Komosky - December 2017
Despite their popularity, diets are often ineffective and can even have harmful effects on the body. Read More

5 Ways to Support Eating Disorder Recovery at Your Holiday Gathering

Kristin Brawn - December 2017
Friends and family can play incredibly significant roles in treatment and recovery – especially during the holidays when you’ll likely be spending more time together. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at at your holiday gathering feels safe and comfortable. Read More

3 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One in Eating Disorder Treatment

Rachel Drummey - November 2017
Doing your best to understand what your loved one is going through and knowing what to expect while they are in eating disorder treatment, can provide a really great foundation to support them through their journey toward recovery. Here are few more helpful tips to scenarios that may arise. Read More

Why Weight Loss and Dieting Won't Cure Binge Eating Disorder

Kate Craigen - November 2017
Dr. Kate Craigen, Clinical Director, Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services for Walden Behavioral Care, discusses the connection between weight loss, dieting and binge eating disorder. Read More

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

Paula Quatromoni - November 2017
Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider. Read More

5 Potential Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa You May Not Know About

Sean Jacquet - November 2017
Did you know that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness? Let's take a look at some of the medical complications that can have an impact on the health of those living with this complex condition. Read More

Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

Portia Kimbis - November 2017
This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss! Read More

The Truth Behind Nutritional Supplements for Athletes

Matt Stranberg - November 2017
Athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors. As such, they are often more vulnerable to (the less than truthful) claims made by nutritional supplement companies. Read More

How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season – Without Using Food

Kate Craigen & Sarah-Eve Hamel - November 2017
If you often find yourself using food as a way to deal with overwhelming feelings, we’re here to help bring some positive change this holiday season. Learn new and more adaptive ways to better manage behavior urges and more healthfully face this season’s triggers. Read More

6 Unhelpful Beliefs People May Have About Eating Disorder Treatment (and How to Challenge Them)

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - November 2017
In my work as an eating disorder professional, I often hear unrealistic expectations, baseless rumors or frankly inaccurate myths about eating disorder treatment that have been powerful enough to prevent many from seeking the help they need. Read More

How Long Does Eating Disorder Recovery Take?

Joanna Imse - November 2017
Whether you're new to eating disorder treatment, or well on your way toward recovery, a commonly asked question is, "How long is this going to take?" While this is a difficult question to answer--as it is so dependent on many variables, what I can say is that following these three steps can have a significant impact on recovery success. Read More

7 Reasons to Say “No” to Celebrity Diets (and Diets in General)

Danielle Sommers - November 2017
It’s undeniable that diets can offer appeal and intrigue, promising to make us look and feel good in short amounts of time. What they don't address in their annoying little sales pitches is that they actually can be quite dangerous, and most often don't work. Read More

4 Big & Misleading Myths About Eating Disorders (vlog)

Stephanie Haines - October 2017
In this latest vlog, Walden’s Stephanie Haines sets the record straight – breaking down four of the biggest myths when it comes to eating disorders Read More

What If My Adult Child Has an Eating Disorder?

Laura Roias - October 2017
If you are a parent of an adult living with an eating disorder, know that you are capable of making a significant and lasting difference in their lives and in their recovery. Read More

8 Warning Signs of Orthorexia

Kimberly Wick - October 2017
While many people living with orthorexia may report that it started off as a positive way to improve their health, for those who have the biological, social and psychological precursors for developing an eating disorder, these seemingly innocuous lifestyle changes can actually have very opposite effects. Read More

I Applaud You, Gracie Gold

Paula Quatromoni - October 2017
I was really sad when my daughter texted me the news that Gracie Gold, a 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medalist, announced she was taking a break from competition because she is suffering from anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. Read More