Binge Eating Disorder Blog Posts

What is Night Eating Syndrome?

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).

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4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment

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.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size

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.

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6 Myths about Eating Disorder Treatment

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.

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5 Risk Factors for Binge Eating Disorder

There are many biological and environmental risk factors that can help to predict one’s susceptibility to developing binge eating disorder. While many of these risk factors are outside of our control, we can take proactive steps to prevent and/or treat any cognitive or behavioral symptoms that present.

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Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try

Weight fluctuations are a normal part of many individual’s lives. For those living with eating disorders – or working toward recovery – any change in weight can be extremely anxiety – provoking. Here are some tips to help make any weight changes during eating disorder recovery a little more manageable.

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Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

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.

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Trauma and Eating Disorders: Why do They Commonly Co-Occur

Sometimes, when an individual presents with co-morbid conditions, it is important to take into consideration the function of the eating disorder. While eating disordered behaviors can help individuals with trauma to avoid or escape uncomfortable feelings or flashbacks in the moment, using these maladaptive behaviors perpetuate the cycle of distress long-term.

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I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?

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.

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The Link Between Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa

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

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Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips

Thinking about planning meals for the week can be overwhelming for anyone–especially for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Walden dietitian, Katie Gustamacchio provides us with 7 helpful meal planning tips for those who are living with or are in recovery from an eating disorder.

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4 Recommendations for Parents of an Adolescent Discharging from Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Helping your adolescent integrate back into their day to day routine can be challenging for everyone. Here are a few tips to help support your child’s transition from eating disorder treatment.

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Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Hyannis

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.

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First National Eating Disorders Brain Bank Launched

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.

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7 Things Providers Need to Know about Gender Identity and its Effect on Body Image

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.

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4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children

With the ever-changing climate of mass media and societal pressures, children are experiencing eating disorders at younger and younger ages. For this reason, I thought it was important to list some of the things I’ve learned in working with the pediatric population.

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

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.

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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.

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5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care

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.

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4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment

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.

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How Eating Disorders Can Affect Young Athletes

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.

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Walden Opens Cape Cod’s First Dedicated Eating Disorder Treatment Center

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.

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Some Do’s and Don’ts for Confronting a Loved One with Suspected Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG

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.

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A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder

As a runner, I thought anyone but athletes had issues with food. After all, weren’t we the epitome of health? Lean and strong, thanks to exercise? I had to be the broken, I thought. I had to be the one with the lack of discipline around food.

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Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?

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.

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Why Weight Loss and Dieting Won’t Cure Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

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.

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How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season – Without Using Food

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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Who Does Binge Eating Disorder Affect?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for Students Coming Back to Campus

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

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

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.

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5 Symptoms That Will Help You Better Understand Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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

Here are some helpful ways to support a friend that you are concerned has an eating disorder.

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Some Truths about School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention

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.

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

If you have a history of an eating disorder, or are currently working toward recovery, I would not recommend watching this film.

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