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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Quotes to Help Kick Your Eating Disorder to the Curb!

Natalie Cohen - September 2017
Here are some awesome quotes to keep in your back pocket for the days that harder to quiet the pesky voice of your eating disorder. 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 Disorders & College Students: 5 Ways to Navigate Campus & Dining Halls

Corrinne Archibald - August 2017
There are many considerations when determining how to best nourish yourself and rebuild your relationship with food while away from home. Here are some helpful tips. Read More

Do I Have Binge Eating Disorder? 5 Important Questions to Consider

Kate Craigen - August 2017
Binge Eating Disorder is a serious and complex condition affecting more than 6 million Americans of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes. If you think you might have binge eating disorder, there is hope. Take the first step and ask yourself these five questions. 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

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

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