Bulimia Nervosa Blog Posts

Best Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Type – 1 Diabetes

When treating individuals with co-occurring Type-1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders, it is critical that providers manage these conditions skillfully as the risks of severe medical and psychological consequences are real. Here are some helpful strategies to keep in mind when working these these populations.

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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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Feeling Dizzy Frequently?: This May Be Why

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.

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Four Things You Might Not Know About Men and Bulimia

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.

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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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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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What Recovery Means to Me

Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book.

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5 Medical Risks of Bulimia Nervosa

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.

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Is Bulimia Genetic?

Our exact understanding of the intersection between genetics and eating disorders continues to evolve and there is still a need for more answers and clarity. Some notable research, however hints at the magnitude of this relationship.

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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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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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8 Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia impacts millions of Americans – estimates show a lifetime prevalence of 1.5% among all females and 0.5% of males.

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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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What is the Latest Eating Disorder Research?

Recent months have brought some exciting research developments related to eating disorders. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

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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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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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An Interview with Paula Quatromoni, DSc, MS, RD, LDN

An interview with the Senior Consultant to Walden Behavioral Care’s GOALS program, an eating disorders treatment track designed especially for competitive athletes, Paula Quatromoni, DSc, MS, RD, LDN

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2016 Reflections: Making Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment More Accessible

Recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families.

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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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Eating Disorders & the Holidays: 5 Tips to Support Your Loved One

Loved ones can be an instrumental support system in helping to ease concerns and reduce anxiety this holiday season. If you’re wondering how exactly you can help, here are some tips that have proven beneficial for the loved ones of someone struggling with 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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Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Danielle Flanigan

Danielle Flanigan
Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care – Worcester Clinic

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What I’ve Learned About Eating Disorder Recovery

I’ve learned a lot about eating disorder recovery in the last few years. One of the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that recovery is not linear. There is no “right” way to recover and certainly no “how-to” guide.

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