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Summer 2019 Professional Events

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2019
Walden is hosting many events this summer. Check out the list to find one near you. Read More

The Problem with Media's History of Using Eating Disorders as Satire

Walden Behavioral Care - March 2019
The harmful ways that popular media tends to portray eating disorders are perpetuating stigmas that are actually getting in the way of people accessing and seeking support. Read More

Veritas Collaborative Rallies Eating Disorder Experts to Address Issues Facing Patients, Industry

Markets Insider - September 2018
Linda Buchanan, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Walden Behavioral Care's Atlanta Programs joins colleagues at Veritas Collaborative's community panel to discuss issues facing those living with eating disorders and care providers. Read More

Watching Netflix's Insatiable as an Eating Disorder Survivor Triggered Me

Teen Vogue - August 2018
In this op-ed, eating disorder survivor Ellen Ricks talks about her experience while watching the Netflix show Insatiable. Walden's Dr. Stuart Koman provides expert commentary. Read More

Walden Behavioral Care announces new vice president

MetroWest Daily News - March 2018
Walden Behavioral Care is excited to welcome Elizabeth Woodhouse as their new assistant vice president of human resources and talent. Read More

Commentary: How the New Fitbit for Kids Could Backfire

Fortune - March 2018
My biggest concern with the device is that it gives the instruction to move without explaining why moving is important. Read More

Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Hyannis

Cape Cod Times - March 2018
Walden Behavioral Care has opened an intensive outpatient eating disorders clinic on Barnstable Road that officials with the Waltham-based chain say is the first of its kind on Cape Cod. Read More

First National Eating Disorders Brain Bank Launched

Mental Health Weekly - March 2018
Observing a need to help determine causes and impact of eating disorders and advance treatment approaches, the Our non-profit affiliate, Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED) and the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital have established the first and only national brain bank dedicated to research in eating disorders. Read More

Collection Of Brains From People With Eating Disorders To Be Launched At Harvard

WBUR - March 2018
Walden Behavioral Care is very excited to share that their 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

When Healthy Eating Becomes a Dangerous Obsession

Kitchn - February 2018
While not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), orthorexia is a serious and potentially dangerous condition. Those who have it remove whole food groups from their diet and only eat foods they consider "pure." Read More

Adam Rippon Opens Up About Starving Himself for a Figure Skater’s Body

Healthline - February, 2018
“Athletes are at 2 to 3 times increased risk for developing an eating disorder compared to nonathletes,” said Paula A. Quatromoni, DSc, RD, the chair of health sciences at Boston University who helped create GOALS, an eating disorder treatment program for competitive athletes at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA. Read More

How Eating Disorders Can Affect Young Athletes

US News & World Report - February 2018
The 2018 Games are producing dazzling displays of athleticism, but they're also a reminder that many young athletes at all levels of their sport grapple with eating disorders. Several high-profile Olympic athletes, such as U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon and Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman, have recently spoken publicly about their struggles with an eating disorder. 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

Pica Syndrome: What You Should Know About The Strange Urge To Eat Things That Aren’t Food

LittleThings - February 2018
Dr. James M. Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Care Center in Massachusetts talked with LittleThings to break down the key facts surrounding this highly unusual condition. Read More

5 Signs Your Picky Child Isn't Getting Enough Nutrients & You Need To See A Doc

Romper - January 2018
A child whose daily meals revolve around five foods can't possibly be getting all the nutrition she needs for proper growth, can she? So what are some signs your picky kid isn't getting enough nutrients? Read More

Is It Picky Eating or Something More Serious?

baystateparent - December 2017
As some parents can attest, “picky eating” is extremely common among children of all ages. For some, however, picky eating might not be just a phase — it may actually represent symptoms of a more serious problem. Read More

Cultural Humility in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Catalogue - November 2017
Here’s what we know: People recovering from eating disorders not only benefit from – but require – a strong therapeutic alliance. It’s the same extremely vital therapeutic alliance which deteriorates if there’s a lack of humility. Read More

Running on Empty: How One Man Faced Anorexia as a Marathon Runner

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - November 2017
By the time he was 17, Benny Soran had stopped hanging out with friends who ate fried foods and sugary snacks. He was training to run his second Chicago Marathon, giving it his all as he had done with every project, class and cross-country track competition. Read More

4 Common Misconception about Binge Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder Hope - November 2017
In what may come as a surprise, binge eating disorder is actually the most common eating disorder in the United States – affecting an estimated 6-8 million Americans, more than all cases of anorexia and bulimia cases combined. Read More

Understanding Orthorexia: A Terrible, Tricky Eating Disorder

Organic Authorty - November 2017
The eating disorder spectrum is far-reaching. Most of the general public understand what anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder are. However, there are other eating disorders that affect men and women, too. One of those less common disorders is orthorexia. Read More

Weight-based bullying can lead to psychological distress

New England Psychologist - November 2017
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. Read More

Walden Tackles LGBTQ Eating Disorders

New England Psychologist - November 2017
The statistics for eating disorders in the LGBTQ community are unsettling. That’s where places like Walden Behavioral Care come in. With facilities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Georgia, they have specific treatment programs for the LGBTQ community with eating disorders. Read More

Stuart Koman ’76 Discusses Challenges Faced by Patients with Eating Disorders

Trinity College - October 2017
Trinity College’s Science for the Greater Good series, now in its fifth year, recently welcomed its latest alumnus speaker, Stuart Koman ’76, the founding president and CEO of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Walden Behavioral Care, Inc. Read More

New Haven College Hosts Program on Eating Disorders

New Haven Register - October 2017
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.” Read More

A New Eating Disorder Center in Dunwoody Neighborhood

Dunwoody Crier - October 2017
A second residential treatment center for eating disorders is set to open in Dunwoody in early November; this time in the Dunwoody North area. Read More

Disordered Eating And Exercising: What You Need To Know

Women's Running - October 2017
Do you head out for a run or go to the gym maybe two or three times a day? Do you restrict your calories? Do you avoid social situations because you don’t want people to know what your eating habits are? Do you feel isolated because the only thing you make time for in your social calendar is exercise? Read More

Amazon Is Selling a Sweatshirt That Promotes Anorexia and It's Not Okay

Shape - October 2017
Amazon is selling a sweatshirt that treats anorexia like a joke (yes, anorexia, as in the deadliest mental disorder). The offending item describes anorexia as "like bulimia, except with self-control." Mhmm, you read that right. Read More

Bardwell Doweyko's mission: Broader eating disorder treatment

Hartford Business Journal - September 2017
When certified eating disorder specialist Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko returned to Connecticut in 2011, she was surprised to learn only one facility offered treatment for eating disorders, which have a higher mortality rate than any other psychiatric illness and affect at least 3 percent of the state's population. Read More

Boy moms: Raising a body-positive child applies to us, too

Motherly - September 2017
Laura Roias, LICSW, CEDS, from Walden Behavioral Care, confirms raising sons with positive body images it isn’t a simple task. She suggests these ways to boost body positivity among boys Read More

8 Silent Signs of Eating Disorders in Children

Reader's Digest - September 2017
More kids are suffering from eating disorders than ever before, so parents need to heed the warning signs. Read More

Netflix Show Sparks Debate Over Anorexia

Healthline - June 2017
“To the Bone” is praised by some experts for shining a spotlight on eating disorders, but they worry about the portrayal of people with the condition. Read More

Does Netflix Production Glamorize Anorexia?

NBC Boston - July 2017
Another Netflix production is at the center of intense criticism. The film "To the Bone" stands accused of glorifying anorexia. It comes in the wake of "13 Reasons Why", a Netflix series on suicide. Read More

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

Mashable - July 2017
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. Read More

Doctor Sounds Off on Netflix Movie on Anorexia

Boston Herald - July 2017
Local therapists say a new Netflix movie about anorexia — the most fatal of psychiatric illnesses — could be dangerous for sufferers and their loved ones, dressing up a lonely and painful disorder with Hollywood glamour and portraying it as a “badge of courage.” Read More

Binge eating: Connecticut’s most common, yet misunderstood eating disorder?

New Haven Register - July 2017
Ask local residents what they think is the most common eating disorder, and chances are the majority won’t provide the correct answer. While anorexia and bulimia are conditions most associated with eating disorders, binge eating disorder is actually the most prevalent, affecting approximately 4.2 million American women and 2.3 million men Read More

9 Warning Signs of Exercise Addiction

PsychCentral - June 2017
Exercise addiction is something that impacts thousands of people and can be conceptualized like other process and substance addiction. So how much exercise is too much exercise? here are some universal signs to look out for... Read More

Why aren't teens seeking eating disorder treatment?

Contemporary Pediatrics - June 2017
Eating disorders can be difficult to diagnose and manage, and to make matters more complicated, a recent study reveals that just 20% of teenagers with eating disorders seek treatment from a medical professional. Read More

Walden Behavioral Care Launches Program to Help LGBT Community

WWLP-22News - June 2017
Those who suffer from eating disorders within the LGBT community have a place to find support in Amherst. Walden Behavioral Care launched a program that is the only program of its kind in New England. Read More

New director discusses binge eating, support services

New England Psychologist - June 2017
Kate Craigen, clinical director, binge eating and bariatric support services for Walden Behavioral Care, shares insight into her new role and expanded treatment programming for those struggling with binge eating disorder and related conditions. Read More