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Providers Blog Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Reframe a Relapse for Recovery Success

Matthew Stranberg - July 2017
Decades of behavior change research literature indicate that long lasting behavior change is rarely linear, and often involves cycling between stages of change, including returning to contemplating change itself. Here's how to reframe a relapse for recovery success. 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

VIDEO: Eating Disorders and LGBTQ Community

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
In this video, we discuss more behind the correlation between the LGBTQ community and eating disorders, including risk factors, treatment options and new resources for the community. Read More

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

Kate Craigen - June 2017
There is no research to support the ‘success’ of any diet or weight loss program, when success is dictated by long-term weight loss maintenance. Read More

Does My Client Need Residential Treatment: 4 Things to Keep in Mind

Shannon Stern - May 2017
Outpatient providers can be voices of encouragement that connects clients to higher levels of specialized care, when appropriate. To help you in these cases, here are some questions to consider. Read More

5 Ways to Reduce the Risk for an Eating Disorder Post-Bariatric Surgery

Rebekah Doweyko - May 2017
Here are some recommendations to reduce the risk of eating disorders following bariatric surgery. Read More

What is Night Eating Syndrome? 7 Things You Need to Know

Kate Craigen - May 2017
When you hear the term “night eating syndrome,” you may picture someone sleepwalking from their bedroom to the kitchen and eating large amounts of food without remembering it in the morning. Well, that’s not night eating syndrome. Read More

5 Ways Pediatric Eating Disorder Treatment Differs From Adolescent Treatment

Laura Roias - May 2017
Children with eating disorders have differing needs, experience the world differently and respond to certain therapies in different ways. Here are some ways with which the treatment of pediatric eating disorders should differ from adolescent treatment. Read More

Fad About You – What Is the Truth About Fad Diets?

Pat Jones - May 2017
These “fad diets” – like Atkins, South Beach and the Paleo – offer the “magic” promise of quick weight loss, among other dramatic benefits. But many individuals don't properly look through the facts to understand how a particular diet does or, more importantly does not meet, their unique nutritional needs. Read More

5 Myths about Nutrition for Sport that Can Undermine an Athlete’s Performance

Paula Quatromoni & Lauren Smith - April 2017
Athletes can easily find themselves confused by mixed messages and empty promises of products or regimens that simply don’t deliver. Here, we tackle some common misperceptions that can actually undermine an athletes’ performance when myths are not challenged by facts. Read More

Need to Escape: Is There A Link Between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse?

Joe Dunn - April 2017
Despite having many differing characteristics, eating disorders and substance abuse share a complex connection with one common human requirement – the desire to avoid or numb negative emotions. Read More

What is the Latest Eating Disorder Research?

Priya Prabhakar, Courtney Bean - April 2017
Recent months have brought some exciting research developments related to eating disorders. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights! Read More

Athletes and Eating Disorders: An Infograph

Emily Slager - April 2017
While many who participate in organized sports reap the many benefits such as increased self esteem, connectedness and greater body image, others have a different experience. Pressure to perform and compete at high levels can place undo stress on those who might be at risk for mental health conditions including eating disorders. Read More

Is it Picky Eating? Or Something More Serious?

Laura Roias - March 2017
Before you go perusing the Internet thinking your child might have ARFID, here are some key distinguishers of ARFID versus picky eating Read More

What are the Common Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

Michael McDonough - March 2017
Eating disorders come in different forms, have different causes and are triggered by different biological, emotional and/or environmental factors. Here are some common indicators of an eating disorder. Read More

5 Warning Signs for Pediatric Eating Disorders

Laura Roias - March 2017
A 9 or 10-year old with an eating disorder?! Yes, it can happen. And because the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder look slightly different in children than in adults, the diagnosis can sometimes be missed. Read More

What is Orthorexia?

Michael McDonough - February 2017
Orthorexia is a condition marked by an extreme fixation over the quality and purity of food. Read More

2016 Reflections: Making Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment More Accessible

Natalie Cohen - December 2016
Recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families. Read More

What Is Binge Eating Disorder?

Michael McDonough - October 2016
8 million Americans have Binge Eating Disorder, affecting 3.5 percent of women, 2 percent of men and 1.6 percent of adolescents. Read More

Music Therapy & Eating Disorders? You Bet!

Laura Roias - September 2016
You don't need to have a music background, own an instrument or even be able to carry a tune to reap the many benefits of music therapy! Read More

Athletes and Eating Disorders: 5 Key Warning Signs

Matt Stranberg - September 2016
Eating disorders happen in all sports, to athletes of all ages, competitive levels, body types and genders. Most worrisome, they can be difficult to detect, even by the most seasoned athletic trainer, coach or concerned parent. Read More

What is OSFED?

Laura Roias - July 2016
OSFED is a dangerous disease and should be taken seriously. It is now the most commonly eating disorder, encompassing an estimated 70 percent of all eating disorder diagnoses. Read More

5 Hidden Dangers of the Paleo Diet

Bridget Hastings Komosky - June 2016
While some studies link weight loss and overall health improvements when following the Paleo Diet, many remain skeptical regarding its overall effectiveness. From a nutritional standpoint, adhering to certain parts of this diet can result in potentially damaging consequences. Read More

9 Warning Signs of Exercise Addiction

Emily Slager - May 2016
So how much exercise IS too much exercise? Here are 10 universal warning signs that could be indicative of an exercise addiction. Read More

7 Shocking Things I've Learned About Eating Disorders

Michael McDonough - March 2016
I know eating disorders are one of the most complex conditions. The process of recovering is often one of the hardest battles a person will face. I grossly underestimated, however the prevalence, demographics and the depth of their impact not just on the person struggling, but on all those who care for them. Read More