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).
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.
I thought to myself “Is it possible that Prince has taught me the most about what a healthy body image and self-concept ought to look like?
What I learned from fracturing a bone in my foot, it takes time to mend. However, healing emotional scars and wounds can take time to mend too.
There is often a misconception that eating disorders are primarily a “young, white woman of privilege” problem and that other races, ethnicities, and cultures do not struggle with the disorder. This can often make it difficult for individuals to enter eating disorder treatment if they do not fit this image. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website, the prevalence of eating disorders in other cultures is unknown as there is limited research into the area of eating disorders and other races/ethnicities/cultures. However, reports of eating disorders in other cultures are on the rise.
Every year around this time memories flood in of back to school and specifically for me back to dance. Dance was (and still is) an integral part of my life and unfortunately so were eating disorders.
The transition from adolescence to young adulthood can be an exciting and challenging time for anyone. It can be particularly hard for someone working towards recovery from an eating disorder. Many adolescents are eager to reach this milestone, and for some, their eating disorders look to this time as an opportunity to capitalize on the possibility for decreased support, supervision and accountability. However, the transition from adolescent to adult programming can be smooth and support needs to be ongoing, and for both the adolescent and their parents, knowing this going in can help make the process a smooth one.
People are healthiest when their mind, body, and spirit are integrated, creating an internal sense of wholeness. These parts of the self are meant to be connected to each other, and to function in harmony with each other and the whole. Unfortunately, eating disorders often bring about an internal fracturing of mind, body and spirit. It may feel like you have been trapped in your mind by eating disorder thoughts that disconnect you from your body and spirit.
People don’t choose to have an eating disorder. There are many biological, psychological, and sociological factors that play a role in the development of an eating disorder, and recovery from an eating disorder can be difficult, but it is possible to achieve a full and sustained recovery.
When an adolescent is struggling with an eating disorder, it can affect the whole family. Often times, there are siblings within the family system that are impacted by their brother or sister (biological or not) who they see struggling. In some families, the eating disorder may be discussed openly, and in others it may not. When clients enter treatment, what is evident is that there is a change in structure and routine for the entire family.
As the temperature rises in summer, so can the anxiety around body image. Summer is usually the time for shorts, bathing suits, dresses, and capris. For those in recovery, it can feel overwhelming and scary to think about putting on a bathing suit or a pair of shorts. Despite the fear of it, the negative body image that may arise and Ed yelling at you, you can take steps to enjoy the summer fun!
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.
I know for years you've all known I've had an eating disorder. Even if you didn't understand it or know what an eating disorder was, you knew something was wrong. Confronting someone that has a problem is hard, let alone confronting your best friends, so I understand why you never wanted to bring it up. It's a sensitive subject, I get it.
Being on the road to recovery is a path I never thought I'd be on. After ten years of repeating the same habits daily, how in the world was I supposed to change? I was constantly asking myself, "do I even want to change? Can I do this on my own?" I certainly could not.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is important to educate our friends, families as well as our communities around this serious subject. Mental health seems to be more visible in the media in recent months stemming from tragedies of celebrities and students across the country. Deaths like that of comedian and actor Robin Williams sparked the conversation of people everywhere to start talking about mental illness, it’s impact on individuals with mental health problems and the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Here are some statistics that show the prevalence of mental health issues.
Exercise can do many things. It can regulate mood, relieve anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower the risk of cancer, boost energy, and promote better sleep. Because it’s common for people with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) to struggle with many of the above, Walden Behavioral Care has incorporated Fitness Therapy into their treatment plan.
Walden Behavioral Care is now offering home-based eating disorder care to adolescents and their families in the Waltham and Worcester areas. The treatment will address the needs of children and adolescents 10-17 years of age who suffer with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), and Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). To give you an overview of the program, we decided to interview Renee Bazinet Nelson, Psy. D., the director of Walden's adolescent services and one of the creators of the home-based care program.
March is National Nutrition Month and to commemorate this event we asked one of our dietitians to answer a few questions regarding her chosen profession and the work she does at Walden.
Many people with eating disorders are also diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Sometimes these are considered two distinct disorders that need to be managed separately. Research has shown us, however, that the pathology of OCD is markedly similar to some symptoms of eating disorders. That similarity means that many treatment strategies for OCD can also work for eating disorders.
There isn’t another job I would rather have. Ever. I wake up every morning feeling blessed to come to a job that I love and do something every day that feels meaningful. Working with patients with eating disorders is something that I consider a privilege.
Happy Super Bowl Weekend! Even if you are not a fan of football, you can’t help but be sucked into the vortex that has become Super Bowl marketing. From the commercials to the half-time show to this year’s #deflategate scandal, it is easy to forget the actual reason this event exists – to play a championship football game!
Today is not the start of a New Year. In fact, we are still a few days away from the New Year. That means I still have some time to ponder my New Year’s resolutions. I have a question though. Isn’t that the wrong way to approach change in my life? Why wait for a specific day to change my life for the better? Is the karma of the New Year going to make me more apt and successful with my goals?
"When I started working with Walden as an official spokesperson, I really didn't know what to expect because it is such a unique and creative partnership that was unlike anything I had ever explored before. I had been a spokesperson for an organization whose message was saying no to underage drinking and yes to a healthy lifestyle, I had been a spokesperson for jewelry, water, leotards, shoes and dolls, but this was an opportunity for me to make a direct impact on an issue that a lot of people either a) are directly impacted by b) don't know much about or c) are too afraid to talk about. As professional athletes, we are given a platform to have a voice and to make an impact on issues that are important to us, and my partnership with Walden allows me to do just that.
When it became clear to me that I would need to stop all Ed-based behaviors and replace them with healthy recovery based ones, I felt overwhelmed. My habits were mine! They had helped guide me and keep me safe, right? No! None of my negative behaviors were improving my life, but I knew it would be difficult to stop them all at once. Talk about stress, pressure, anxiety, and fear!
Change is scary. Whether it be a change of jobs, a change of lifestyle, a change in your meal plan, a change in school, a change in a place to life, a change in no behaviors…whatever the change is it is scary but a necessary part of life. Change helps us grow within and helps us gain strength…even if we can’t feel it or see it right away.