Parents / Family Blog Posts

Making New Non-Food-Related Holiday Traditions for Individuals in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Eating Disorder Recovery: How to Support Loved Ones During Thanksgiving

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Eating Disorders During the Holidays: A Practice of Gratitude Can Help

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Returning to School with an Eating Disorder - Tips for Parents

For parents who have a child living with an eating disorder, back-to-school time can feel anxiety-provoking. Here are some helpful ways to help your child transition back to school. Read More

ARFID: Five Fast Facts

Maggie Gebo - July 2019
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a condition that is often called 'extreme picky eating.' While this can be true, there are many other components of this illness that can complicate diagnosis and recovery. Here are a few important facts about ARFID that you should know. Read More

How Eating Disorders Impact the Entire Family: Amelia Gray Shares Anorexia Journey

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2019
When you’re close to someone with an eating disorder, it impacts you too. Loved ones often face feelings of guilt, confusion and frustration. It’s our instinct to help when someone we love is hurting, and it can be difficult to grasp why they wouldn’t want to get better. Read More

Getting Eating Disorder Support - 7 Common Barriers

Natalie Cohen - April 2019
To better connect those who may be hesitant to seek eating disorder support, we sought help from some of the brilliant minds of those in our partial hospitalization program. Below are some of the common obstacles in seeking support– as reported by our patients – and what they have learned since taking that brave first step toward healing. Read More

On the Road to March Madness?

Paula Quatromoni - Feb 2019
How college basketball commentators can impact the body image and well-being of vulnerable viewing populations. Read More

Love Me.

Cindy Hale - Feb 2019
Valentine's Day is meant to celebrate love. This love need not be for another person. This year, I encourage you to make yourself the center of Valentine's Day. Read More

Former Elite Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Beats Body Shaming and Wins Big

Walden Behavioral Care - Jan 2019
Former Olympian hopeful, Katelyn Ohashi - now a senior on UCLA's gymnastics team - sticks it to body shamers while receiving a perfect 10 score! Read More

Can I Avoid Passing My Eating Disorder on to My Child?

Stephanie Haines - Jan 2019
We often delight when pieces of ourselves in our children, but can we prevent passing on pieces of ourselves that we would never want them to experience? Can we avoid passing our eating disorder vulnerabilities on to our children? Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exciting News in the Eating Disorder Field

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 Signs that 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 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

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

Why is Binge Eating Disorder Commonly Misunderstood?

Kate Craigen - October 2017
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States - yet is often misunderstood and in some cases, those personally impacted aren't even aware of it. This vlog is designed to tear down any confusion around this serious eating disorder. Read More

Is Bulimia Genetic?

Priya Prabhakar - October 2017
Our exact understanding of the intersection between genetics and eating disorders continues to evolve and there is still a need for more answers and clarity. Some notable research, however hints at the magnitude of this relationship. Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Body Image

Kristin Brawn - October 2017
How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape? Read More

Eating Disorder Treatment: Answers to Your 5 Most Common Insurance Questions

Bob Bordonaro - October 2017
What you need to know about insurance for eating disorder treatment! Read More

5 Specific Ways Nurses Can Help in Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Sean Jacquet - October 2017
Many people probably don’t consider nurses when they think about the eating disorder treatment team. They are, however a critical support in recovery--here's how. Read More

3 Innovative Components of Adult Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Rebecca Rubin - October 2017
As our understanding of eating disorders evolves, so does the makeup of the programming designed to best treat them. Here’s a look at some more innovative components to residential treatment for adults with eating disorders Read More

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Best Practices for Eating Disorder Treatment

Rebecca Bernat - September 2017
This latest vlog explores Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): What is it? When is it best utilized? And how can it be best used in treating eating disorders? Read More

Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

Cailin Mateleska - September 2017
In working with adolescents living with eating disorders and their families, I am continually amazed to see the power of Family Based Treatment in uniting families during what is otherwise an incredibly challenging time. Here are some facts you may not know about Family-Based Treatment Read More

Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight Loss: Do They Go Hand-In-Hand?

Sarah-Eve Hamel - September 2017
As human beings, we have a biological need to fuel our bodies. As a result, there are internal mechanisms that support a relationship with food. Deprivation may increase desire or focus on specific types of foods that we, as a society, have labeled as “bad” or “unhealthy.” Pair this hyper focus with ravenous hunger (a common result of dieting) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a binge eating episode. Read More

Who Does Binge Eating Disorder Affect?

Kate Craigen - September 2017
To help you better understand who exactly can be affected by binge eating disorder, Walden’s Dr. Kate Craigen shares some common demographic information in this vlog. Read More

What is ARFID?

Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko - September 2017
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), also known as “extreme picky eating,” is an eating disorder impacting thousands of Americans, particularly children. Read More

What You Need to Know About Pica

Fiona LaRosa Waters - September 2017
Pica is defined as the persistent and compulsive eating, over a period of at least one month, of non-food substances (such as paint or string) that are not developmentally appropriate for that age. Read More

Meet Shannon Stern - Ambassador of Hope

Shannon Stern - September 2017
Shannon Stern is an adolescent clinician on our residential unit. Learn more about her and her role at Walden in this Ambassador of Hope episode! Read More

7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About

Kimberly Wick - August, 2017
Anorexia is a complex illness – one that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – that manifests differently for each individual. Here are some of the lesser known warning signs of Anorexia. Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Songs to Keep You Focused

Portia Kimbis - August 2017
Music can play a major role in eating disorder treatment AND recovery; here are some of my favorite tunes that can help you through the not-so-great days! Read More

6 Tips for Parents of Children Heading to College with an Eating Disorder History

Laura Roias - August 2017
If you’re apprehensive about your child going back to school, here are some steps you can take to help ensure continued recovery success, and hopefully, ease some of your anxieties! Read More

Why Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers Don't Work for those with Binge Eating Disorder

Kate Craigen - August 2017
Programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig not only fail to result in sustained weight loss for most people, they can make you more prone to binge eat. Read More

5 Lies My Eating Disorder Told Me

Caroline Booth - August 2017
Recovery has taught me countless valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons is that ED is wrong. In fact, ED is very wrong. Read More

What is Eating Disorder Treatment Like?

Rebecca Bardwell Doweyko - August 2017
Approximately 30 million Americans will personally be impacted by eating disorders in their lifetime. Seeking help – and taking the first step toward recovery – can understandably bring feelings of anxiety, stress and uncertainty – as well as many questions. Read More

Seriously, What Is Wrong with Fashion/Fitness Magazines Sometimes?

Stephanie Haines - August 2017
Being happy and comfortable in your own skin is bad for the "beauty" business. But you know what? It’s great for us – and it’s what every single person deserves. Read More

5 Things You Didn't Know About Eating Disorder Treatment

Nicole Pipitone - August 2017
Making the brave decision to enter eating disorder treatment is hard. There are a lot of unknowns so we'd like to help. Here are 5 things that might help you feel a bit more comfortable making this brave commitment. Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for Students Coming Back to Campus

Emily Slager - August 2017
If you’re currently working through an eating disorder, or have a history with one, here are some helpful ways to make your college experience as successful as possible Read More

Does My Child Need Eating Disorder Treatment? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

Joanna Imse - August 2017
Could your child have an eating disorder? I often recommend parents think about what is “typical” for their child and how does that compare or contrast to their current behaviors and food choices. Read More

Meet Louisa Howell - Ambassador of Hope (VLOG)

Louisa Howell - August 2017
Louisa Howell is the adult mental health counselor at Walden Behavioral Care's Peabody clinic where she has been since it opened almost 3 years ago!  Read More

5 Symptoms That Will Help You Better Understand Binge Eating Disorder

Kate Craigen - July 2017
Despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States (impacting 6-8 million Americans, twice the number of people with anorexia and bulimia), binge eating disorder is often misunderstood and its magnitude overlooked. Read More

What If My Friend Has an Eating Disorder? (Vlog)

Bob Bordnoaro - July 2017
Here are some helpful ways to support a friend that you are concerned has an eating disorder. Read More

Trauma & Eating Disorders – The Unique Role of Residential Treatment Settings

Bethany Kregiel - July 2017
Trauma recovery takes time and may be especially difficult for the many people who use eating disorder behaviors to cope. Residential treatment can provide a contained, nurturing environment where individuals can begin the process of interrupting negative coping mechanisms and re-establisha sense of safety in the world. Read More

Viewpoint: Why BMI is Not the End-All-Be-All

Ashley Vazquez - July 2017
While one’s BMI should never be ignored, it isn’t a comprehensive marker for assessing an individual’s health. Read More

Some Thoughts on the New Eating Disorder Film, "Feed"

Natalie Cohen - July 2017
‘Feed,” a film written, directed and acted by “Pretty Little Liars” star, Troian Bellisario,  follows Olivia, who begins engaging in disordered eating as a way of coping with the overwhelming feelings of loss, guilt and loneliness after the tragic death of her twin brother. Read More

Some Truths about School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention

Stephanie Haines - July 2017
Eating disorders are serious, impacting millions of school-aged youth across America. Like any mental health condition, they warrant honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. But these discussions help. Read More

Walden Behavioral President and CEO, Stuart Koman Offers Thoughts on 'To the Bone'

Stuart Koman - July 2017
If you have a history of an eating disorder, or are currently working toward recovery, I would not recommend watching this film. Read More

Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices

Christine Lang - July 2017
Inclusive treatment environments for all communities, including the LGBTQ population, are imperative. Based on my work as an eating disorder specialist, and my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, here are a few tips for providers and friends/family. Read More

I Totally Get How You're Feeling: The Power of Validation and Why Everyone Needs It

Natalie Cohen - July 2017
In eating disorder treatment, validation is used in a variety of ways. We use it to demonstrate the value of one’s feelings and to help ignite communication and connectedness that those with eating disorders often lack. Read More

8 Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

Kate Craigen - June 2017
Binge eating disorder is an often misunderstood disorder that flies under the radar, lacking proper awareness among those personally impacted, their loved ones and even the healthcare community. Here are some common myths around this complex condition. Read More

8 Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
Bulimia impacts millions of Americans – estimates show a lifetime prevalence of 1.5% among all females and 0.5% of males. Read More

A Mom’s Candid View on Body Image

Kristin Brawn - June 2017
I hope the young girl’s mother knows that her beautiful smile is what her daughter will remember, not her clothing size. Read More

13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About It

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
The question for all of us as providers, relatives or as friends remains: how can we help our loved ones and students/clients/patients access proper mental health treatment and support prior to feeling as though they have no other option? Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful. Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful. Read More