Body Image Blog Posts
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
How to tune out the body-focused messaging during the New Year and what you can do instead!
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.
Despite their popularity, diets are often ineffective and can even have harmful effects on the body.
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.
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.
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.
How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope the young girl’s mother knows that her beautiful smile is what her daughter will remember, not her clothing size.
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:
Here are some motivational GIFs that I hope will help you progress in your recovery.
According to Dr. Stuart Koman of the Walden Center in Waltham, “Comments about people’s bodies can often be felt as bullying.”
Here are some recommendations to reduce the risk of eating disorders following bariatric surgery.
We all need a little piece of peace. Check out some of my favorite pick-me-ups below
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.
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.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when determining whether or not you might need eating disorder treatment.
Understanding what self-compassion is–and what it isn’t–is a critical piece in gaining self-acceptance and boosting self-esteem.
Here is a compilation of common unhelpful phrases, as reported by eating disorder patients, that loved ones should avoid using.
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.
There are many important distinctions between goals and resolutions. Check out our Facebook Live discussion to learn more!
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about Matthew and GOALS, our specialized treatment program for athletes struggling with eating disorders.
Seventy Seven Percent of school children and adolescents report being or having been bullied, but does that put them at higher risk for developing an eating disorder?
Historically routed in the treatment of depression and anxiety, CBT is becoming more prevalent in eating disorder treatment settings, particularly more recently, with Binge Eating Disorder (BED).
Whether down the road or hundreds of miles away, parents can remain invaluable advocates and support systems for their child struggling with an eating disorder while also transitioning to college.