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.

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?2018-09-10T03:53:01+00:00

Can Bullying Lead To An Eating Disorder?

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?

Can Bullying Lead To An Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:53:34+00:00

Why is it Easier to Find Male Celebrities with “Overweight” BMI’s?

I'm not saying that men are not body shamed in the media, because they most certainly are. What I did notice, especially after doing research for this blog, is that it seems that the media is placing more pressure on women in the public spotlight to conform to society's baseless standards of "normalcy" and "rightness."

Why is it Easier to Find Male Celebrities with “Overweight” BMI’s?2018-09-10T03:53:41+00:00

Some Thoughts On Body Image From A Male Clinician

For women and men suffering from the infliction of an eating disorder within this cultural back drop, it’s no wonder why it has become increasingly challenging for many to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Some Thoughts On Body Image From A Male Clinician2018-09-10T03:53:42+00:00

Why America Really Cares That Pablo Sandoval Gained A Few Pounds

Opening Day is still six weeks away, and the sporting world is already considering it a lost season for Pablo Sandoval. Since when does a little extra weight doom an athlete to failure? And what gives us the right to assume that because someone has gained weight, they are no longer a viable athlete?

Why America Really Cares That Pablo Sandoval Gained A Few Pounds2018-09-10T03:53:44+00:00

The Surprising Effects Of Poor Body Image

Do people feel badly about their bodies because they’re overweight, or are they overweight because they feel badly about their bodies? This question reminds me of that unsolvable quip involving the chicken and the egg. Does anyone actually have an answer as to which came first?

The Surprising Effects Of Poor Body Image2018-09-10T03:53:45+00:00

No Judgment Zone: Learning To Eat And Live “Guilt-free” With Or Without An Eating Disorder

What does it mean to be “guilt-free”? To not feel that nagging sense that you’ve done something wrong, let someone down, or hurt someone? When you run an Internet image search of the term “guilt-free,” surprisingly, there are no images of people free from guilt because they are in content relationships being loyal to their partners.

No Judgment Zone: Learning To Eat And Live “Guilt-free” With Or Without An Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:53:46+00:00

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Through Thanksgiving Dinner

The feel-good energy surrounding the holiday season has begun as we prepare for Thanksgiving. While many of us look forward to seeing family, watching football and “binging” on turkey and stuffing, those who struggle with an eating disorder have probably been dreading this day for several months. I have found a few really helpful articles with tips and reminders for those who struggle, but have yet to find information on how to SUPPORT a loved one through the Thanksgiving holiday.

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Through Thanksgiving Dinner2018-09-10T03:53:46+00:00

What I Learned From The Plus Sized Runner On The Cover of Women’s Running Magazine

When I read the headline, “Magazine puts a Plus Size Model on the Cover and Twitter Freaks out”, my first reaction was one of frustration. Why, I thought, is the world so irritated by larger bodies? What is it about plus size models that people react so strongly to? Why can’t plus size models be shown running on the cover of a runner’s magazine? Would a plus size male model have caused Twitter to “freak out”?

What I Learned From The Plus Sized Runner On The Cover of Women’s Running Magazine2018-09-10T03:53:51+00:00

Can Babies Be Body Shamed?

We try to protect our kids from danger and do our best to keep them shielded from things that could make them feel bad. We teach them not to speak to strangers, make sure that they put on their sunscreen and wear a helmet and we don't talk about "adult matters" while in their presence. We do this to keep them safe, and because we know that infancy and childhood are supposed to be times filled with nurture, exploration, play and discovery that should not be infringed upon by stress, jealousy, self-degradation and dare I say it, body image issues.

Can Babies Be Body Shamed?2018-09-10T03:53:52+00:00

Call Me Caitlyn: Five Things Caitlyn Jenner Has Taught Us About Eating Disorder Recovery

The world was first introduced to Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner) several days ago, when a sneak peek from the Vanity Fair article chronicling her journey from Bruce to Caitlyn was published.

Call Me Caitlyn: Five Things Caitlyn Jenner Has Taught Us About Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:53:54+00:00

The Jewish Community, Food And Eating Disorders

The prevalence of eating disorders is on the rise, and they are not discriminating against any race, ethnicity, social class, or religion, including members of the Jewish community.  The culture of the Jewish people heavily revolves around gatherings with family, friends, and large quantities of food.  Each Jewish holiday is associated with a meal consisting of multiple courses.

The Jewish Community, Food And Eating Disorders2018-09-10T03:53:54+00:00

Challenging Your Insecurities

Insecurities can play a powerful role in anyone’s life.  Insecurities are why we hide our flaws and cover up anything that is less than perfect.  As the above quote states, our insecurities become more apparent when we are constantly comparing ourselves to the images we see on TV, magazines, and social media.  Many patients at Walden Behavioral Care say that they struggle the most with comparison on Instagram and Facebook, as opposed to in the pages of their favorite magazine.

Challenging Your Insecurities2018-09-10T03:53:55+00:00

Treating Trauma And Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, about 30% of individuals with an eating disorder have been abused at some point in their lifetime. This is only a measure of individuals who know that what they’ve experienced is abuse, and that they are willing to disclose it. It is likely that this percentage is much higher as many folks do not believe that abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual. Furthermore, some men and women do not know, or do not believe, that they have the right to say no to anyone, including a domestic partner or spouse. Nevertheless, this statistic shows us that three out of 10 of those admittedly struggling with an eating disorder have also disclosed trauma.

Treating Trauma And Eating Disorders2018-09-10T03:53:56+00:00

Do Fad Diets And Workouts Cause Eating Disorders?

It’s no secret that we live in a diet-obsessed, social-media influenced, quick-fix seeking culture these days. New diets and workouts seem to crop up every week, thinness and fitness are valued, and we are quick to compare pictures, goals, and results across social media platforms and in day to day conversation. According to the Healthy Weight Network, in the U.S., we spend more than 50 billion dollars a year on diet products!

Do Fad Diets And Workouts Cause Eating Disorders?2018-09-10T03:53:57+00:00

Quieting the Body-Shaming Demon: A Challenge for Readers

In September, I went to a two-day conference on Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating in Meredith, NH.  I had the pleasure of sitting in on an incredibly empowering presentation about one woman’s approach to preventing eating disorders, specifically in schools.

Quieting the Body-Shaming Demon: A Challenge for Readers2018-09-10T03:54:04+00:00

Body Shaming: How To Stop Doing It To Ourselves and Others

How many times have you woken up and thought something negative about your body? Probably more times than you can even count. Similarly, how many times have you had a negative thought about someone else’s body? Probably the same answer. Body shaming is a real problem, regardless of whether we do it to ourselves or others. It needs to stop. I have talked a lot about having confidence and finding the strength to compliment yourself as well as talking about positive body-related things with others. Having a negative attitude is a sure-fire way to start body shaming yourself or someone else.

Body Shaming: How To Stop Doing It To Ourselves and Others2018-09-10T03:54:05+00:00

J.Crew Perpetuates the Nonsensical Notion that Size Does Matter

America’s favorite overpriced and overly snooty dressy-prep clothing store J.Crew, controversially announced last week, that they will now be carrying a new pant size; this new addition boasts not one, not two, but three zeroes.

J.Crew Perpetuates the Nonsensical Notion that Size Does Matter2018-09-10T03:54:07+00:00

Body-Shaming: What Is It & Why Do We Do It?

Did you ever stop and think about how often we are told to change our appearance? Magazines constantly offer tips about how to lose weight “in days,” appear slimmer “instantly,” and hide our “imperfections”… without actually knowing anything about us, much less our appearance.

Body-Shaming: What Is It & Why Do We Do It?2018-09-10T03:54:16+00:00