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November 13, 2017  |  News

Weight-based bullying can lead to psychological distress

Fashion magazines, television shows, movies and other media have promoted the idea that “thin is in” for decades. While there has been a slight shift in thinking recently, bias against larger individuals continues to be an issue that can have medical and psychological consequences.

October 30, 2017  |  News

New Haven College Hosts Program on Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are centered around negative body images. But artistic images, generated by those who suffer from eating disorders, can have a healing power. That was the message delivered Friday night at Albertus Magnus College, which hosted a program and art exhibition on “The Images of Eating Disorders.”

July 15, 2017  |  News

After ‘To the Bone’: How Hollywood should change its portrayal of eating disorders

Netflix’s new film To the Bone tells two stories. The first one, about the central character’s near-fatal struggle with anorexia, is what the filmmaker intended to share with her audience. ‘To the Bone’ lacks the courage to tackle anorexia in a meaningful way. The second story is about the missed opportunities, omissions, and tropes that remind a skeptical viewer just how much Hollywood needs to rethink the way it portrays eating disorders in film and television.

April 18, 2017  |  News

Walden Movers & Shakers

In the newly created role, Craigen will oversee the clinical direction of Walden’s dedicated binge eating disorder programming, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment programs for adults struggling with binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction and related conditions.

April 7, 2017  |  News

Local health leaders work on trauma education endeavor

Walking out of the Garden Cinema, Fiona LaRosa-Waters thought to herself: How can I bring this back to my work? The community relations specialist for Walden Behavioral Care, a center in Amherst that treats eating disorders, came back to her office and let her colleagues know what she had learned at the movie theater Wednesday morning

March 21, 2017  |  News

New Point of View: Athletes & Eating Disorders

The latest research indicates that athletes with eating disorders should not be treated the same as the general population. In response, a clinic in Massachusetts has developed a unique, athlete-specific program.

March 17, 2017  |  News

How Should Gyms Handle Exercise Addicts?

Compulsive exercise can be tricky to sniff out, given that few people consider exercise a bad thing. In fitness facilities, where more exercise is often assumed to be better, few people are even attuned to the fact that too much physical activity may be dangerous. As a result, they may interpret hallmarks of excessive exercise as signs of prowess or achievement – something to emulate, rather than worry about.

March 9, 2017  |  News

National Eating Disorders Week Raise Awareness of Illnesses

It affects the lives of 30 million Americans, encompassing all age groups, genders, races and socio-economic groups. Yet eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating and other specified feeding and eating disorder behaviors – are among the least discussed forms of mental illness.

March 3, 2017  |  News

Extreme form of picky eating is a disorder on the rise

New England Psychologist’s Catherine Robertson Souter spoke with Renee Nelson, Psy.D, clinical director of child and adolescent services at Walden Behavioral Care, which provides eating disorder treatment at sites through Massachusetts and Connecticut, about the diagnosis and the increase in children she has seen dealing with ARFID.

February 13, 2017  |  News

Waltham’s Walden Behavioral Care Expands

Walden Behavioral Care has been making news – good news, to be specific. This month, the Waltham-based company purchased the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders and in December opened a treatment clinic in Milford.

February 9, 2017  |  News

Walden Behavioral Care Acquires Atlanta Provider

Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder treatment provider with operations in Central Massachusetts, has acquired an Atlanta company specializing in the same area of medicine, expanding Walden’s footprint beyond New England.

December 9, 2016  |  News

Walden opens Milford eating disorder treatment clinic

Walden Behavioral Care, New England’s leading provider of treatment for eating disorders, has opened its newest clinic in Milford, Mass. The 1,000-square-foot facility provides intensive outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, adults and families facing anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other specific feeding or eating disorders (OSFED).

November 1, 2016  |  News

Athletes deal with eating disorders

Boston University cross country star Andrea Walkonen won her second straight America East title in 2008, her lithe five-foot, seven-inch frame gliding across the 5K finish line a clean 34 seconds ahead of her nearest opponent.

October 19, 2016  |  News

Running for Life

Elite long-distance runner David Proctor came to the United States ready to take on the world. At 18, the Briton had earned an exclusive athletics scholarship at Boston University—the first step to realizing his dream of Olympic glory.

October 5, 2016  |  News

Eating disorders: better addressed at specialized centers

Residential schools are designed to provide therapy and education for students with a range of behavioral and emotional issues as well as learning, psychological and psychiatric disorders. In the past, many of these schools also addressed eating disorders, but treatment for this condition appears to be moving away from the residential school setting.

September 16, 2016  |  News

Eating disorder conference brings experts together

As eating disorders and obesity have become major public health issues, the conference focuses on new knowledge, tools and strategies for eating disorders. These include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and bariatric surgery.

September 16, 2016  |  News

New Hope for Binge Eating and Weight Management

A metabolic assessment is rarely integrated into a psychiatric evaluation. Many mental health professionals and psychiatrists are only beginning to understand how important nutrition may be for optimal brain function and mental health.

September 15, 2016  |  News

Hope Kept Me In Denial Of My Daughter’s Eating Disorder

Two years ago, I caught a glimpse of my 12-year-old daughter as she dashed past me on her way outside to workout. Wearing a tank top and shorts, she looked alarmingly long and lean. I asked my husband if he thought she looked thin and he replied, “Of course not, she has just grown taller.”

September 12, 2016  |  News

Guilford Eating Disorder Clinic Offers Help for Adolescents and Parents

Michelle was struggling emotionally when her issues with food began. Just 10 years old, her twin sister was battling cancer. Michelle felt like she couldn’t control anything, except her caloric intake. When she was 14, the Hartford-area girl lost an alarming amount of weight, dropping to 96 pounds.

August 10, 2016  |  News

The Growing Scourge of Cyberbullying

“In my practice treating hospitalized adolescents for severe depression and eating disorders, cyberbullying has become a more common precipitant of the downward spiral of self-injury and suicidal thoughts,” Dr Greenblatt told TechNewsWorld. “Parents are often unaware of the extent and duration of the bullying until the suicide attempt.”

August 8, 2016  |  News

RGH Opens Unit Dedicated to Eating Disorders

The 15,000-square-feet unit contains separate wings for adults and children, both of which include two-person bedrooms with full bathrooms.The beds are licensed to ECHN, but Walden will handle day-to-day patient care.

August 5, 2016  |  News

Inpatient Eating Disorder Center Opens At Rockville Hospital

Healthcare providers, community leaders and others celebrated the opening of the Walden Eating Disorders Center at Rockville Hospital, the first dedicated inpatient unit for treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders in Connecticut, during an open house Thursday night.

July 21, 2016  |  News

Eating Disorders: Crippling, Deadly – and Beatable

For many people, mealtimes are not always about the food. Maybe you’re talking with a family member or a date, maybe you’re absorbed in an episode of your favorite TV show, or maybe you’re just scarfing something down at your desk at work.

May 23, 2016  |  News

Stressing Awareness of Eating Disorders Among College Students

College kids may be bringing home with them something more surprising than a tattoo. They may be homeward bound with an eating disorder that could have started earlier in high school, but resurfaced or worsened in college or one that never existed until they set foot on campus.