Body Image Blog Posts

New Series “Insatiable” is Hard to Digest

The netflix satirical comedy, Insatiable trivialized the experience of those who have been impacted by an eating disorder.

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5 Health Risks Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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.

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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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5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

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.

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What are the Signs of Anorexia

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.

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The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

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.

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3 Ways to Embody Eating Disorder Prevention

While we know that eating disorders can develop from interplay of biological, psychological and environmental factors that are often beyond our control, there are many risk factors that we can actively work to minimize – and even prevent in our everyday encounters.

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

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

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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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Oy Vey! How much do you Think I Should Weigh?

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.

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Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers

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!

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4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

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.

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The Four “R’s” of Eating Disorder Recovery in the New Year

How to tune out the body-focused messaging during the New Year and what you can do instead!

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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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4 Hidden Dangers of Dieting

Despite their popularity, diets are often ineffective and can even have harmful effects on the body.

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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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5 Potential Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa You May Not Know About

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.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Body Image

How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape?

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7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About

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.

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

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.

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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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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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A Mom’s Candid View on Body Image

I hope the young girl’s mother knows that her beautiful smile is what her daughter will remember, not her clothing size.

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Ideas for Maintaining Positive Body Image This Summer

No matter how much we may have dreamt about it in the long cold winter months, summer can certainly be a challenging and triggering time, especially for those with eating disorders. Here are some tips for beating those summer insecurities.

So what can you do to take back control and preserve a positive body image? Here are some tips:

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5 Gifs for Eating Disorder Recovery

Here are some motivational GIFs that I hope will help you progress in your recovery.

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Body Shaming: Aly Raisman Accuses TSA Agent Of Making ‘Rude’ Comments

According to Dr. Stuart Koman of the Walden Center in Waltham, “Comments about people’s bodies can often be felt as bullying.”

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

Here are some recommendations to reduce the risk of eating disorders following bariatric surgery.

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A Little Piece of Peace: 10 Inspiring Images for Recovery

We all need a little piece of peace. Check out some of my favorite pick-me-ups below

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Raising Competent Eaters: What Parents Can Do

Every parent wants to see their child succeed, in school, athletics, the arts and socially. We want our children to be competent; competent students, competent drivers and competent decision-makers. It is also a parent’s job to raise competent eaters.

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What are the Common Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

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.

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Do I Need Treatment for My Eating Disorder: 5 Thoughts to Consider

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when determining whether or not you might need eating disorder treatment.

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This Year, I’m Being My Own Valentine

Understanding what self-compassion is–and what it isn’t–is a critical piece in gaining self-acceptance and boosting self-esteem.

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7 Things to Avoid Saying to Someone Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Here is a compilation of common unhelpful phrases, as reported by eating disorder patients, that loved ones should avoid using.

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Athletes & Eating Disorders – When Can I Exercise, Again?

While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach in determining when / if someone struggling with an eating disorder could return to exercise or their sport, here are some of the criterion we use to help determine the appropriateness of incorporating exercise back into the life of an eating disorder patient.

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Facebook Live: 5 Goals to Work Toward Achieving in 2017

There are many important distinctions between goals and resolutions. Check out our Facebook Live discussion to learn more!

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I Was a Competitive Athlete with an Eating Disorder. Here’s What I Did About It.

My name is Andrea. I’ve been an elite, competitive runner for almost 20 years. I was a Division I scholarship athlete who became an All American and a national record holder in college. I also developed an eating disorder.

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Finding a Moving Place

The number on the scale does not necessarily paint a helpful picture for overall health. In thinking about physical movement for the mind and body, we need not measure our success in pounds, but how we feel and where we are in achieving the goals we’ve created for ourselves–not the goals that society tells us we should have.

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#YouAreAGift

Join Aly Raisman and Walden Behavioral Care as we refocus the narrative of the holidays back to what the season is meant to represent: togetherness and the power of giving.

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Meet GOALS’ Lead Nutritionist and Exercise Science Advisor, Matthew Stranberg

Learn more about Matthew and GOALS, our specialized treatment program for athletes struggling with eating disorders.

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