The netflix satirical comedy, Insatiable trivialized the experience of those who have been impacted by an eating disorder.
Orthorexia is an extreme fixation on eating only pure, unprocessed and "clean" foods that goes beyond simply wanting to improve health.
The function of food choices is to support our overall wellbeing as human beings. Food choices should be free from shame and judgment. And I caution you to be wary of any system or trend that imposes these feelings onto participants.
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.
In my work with individuals with eating disorders, it is inevitable that discussions around weight are going to come up. While we want to de-emphasize the importance of weight and shape, it is important - as dietitians and members of a treatment team- to be aware of weight as a way to determine health and optimal functioning. Here are some ways that providers can tackle this uncomfortable subject with their clients living with eating disorders.
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time thinking about your food intake and diet? Are you preoccupied with the source of the food you consume? Does it have to be organic, non-processed and /or farm to table? You could be experiencing orthorexia - an extreme fixation on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle practices that gets in the way of healthy psychological and medical functioning.
There are many similarities - and comorbidity - between orthorexia and obessive compulsive disorder. Here are a few reasons why the so often co-occur and a few anecdotal examples.
Watch this video of Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director, Walden Behavioral Care - Peabody clinic to learn how you as a provider can most effectively help those living with ARFID.
My biggest concern with the device is that it gives the instruction to move without explaining why moving is important.
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.
Although there isn’t an official screening tool or standardized diagnostic criteria to assess for orthorexia as of yet, it can be helpful to take a look at this condition from both the mental health and physical health points of view. Here are a few things to consider if you're wondering whether or not your eating patterns have become problematic.
While not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), orthorexia is a serious and potentially dangerous condition. Those who have it remove whole food groups from their diet and only eat foods they consider "pure."
“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.
Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services at Walden Behavioral Care explains the key differences between an overeating episode and a binge eating episode.
A child whose daily meals revolve around five foods can't possibly be getting all the nutrition she needs for proper growth, can she? So what are some signs your picky kid isn't getting enough nutrients?
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.
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.
Athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors. As such, they are often more vulnerable to (the less than truthful) claims made by nutritional supplement companies.
While many people living with orthorexia may report that it started off as a positive way to improve their health, for those who have the biological, social and psychological precursors for developing an eating disorder, these seemingly innocuous lifestyle changes can actually have very opposite effects.
How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape?
As human beings, we have a biological need to fuel our bodies. As a result, there are internal mechanisms that support a relationship with food. Deprivation may increase desire or focus on specific types of foods that we, as a society, have labeled as “bad” or “unhealthy.” Pair this hyper focus with ravenous hunger (a common result of dieting) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a binge eating episode.
Pica is defined as the persistent and compulsive eating, over a period of at least one month, of non-food substances (such as paint or string) that are not developmentally appropriate for that age.
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.
There are many considerations when determining how to best nourish yourself and rebuild your relationship with food while away from home. Here are some helpful tips.
Programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig not only fail to result in sustained weight loss for most people, they can make you more prone to binge eat.
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.
While one’s BMI should never be ignored, it isn’t a comprehensive marker for assessing an individual’s health.
Binge eating disorder is an often misunderstood disorder that flies under the radar, lacking proper awareness among those personally impacted, their loved ones and even the healthcare community. Here are some common myths around this complex condition.
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:
There is no research to support the ‘success’ of any diet or weight loss program, when success is dictated by long-term weight loss maintenance.
I have EVERY reason to believe that long-term recovery is achievable, no matter who you are or what your past circumstances have been. Here are some helpful tips that I've seen to be effective.
Athletes can easily find themselves confused by mixed messages and empty promises of products or regimens that simply don’t deliver. Here, we tackle some common misperceptions that can actually undermine an athletes’ performance when myths are not challenged by facts.
Overeating and binge eating are terms that are often used interchangeably – yet the distinction is important. Both types of eating can cause increased stress and may require additional help or support. However, people who engage in frequent binge eating can struggle with decreased mood, low self-worth and their pattern of eating may affect relationships or productivity at work.
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.