Dieting Blog Posts

What are the Signs of Anorexia

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.

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Do I Have Orthorexia? 5 Questions To Ask

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.

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The Relationship Between Orthorexia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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.

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Commentary: How the New Fitbit for Kids Could Backfire

My biggest concern with the device is that it gives the instruction to move without explaining why moving is important.

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Do I Have Orthorexia? 4 Questions to Ask

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.

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When Healthy Eating Becomes a Dangerous Obsession

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.”

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What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG

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.

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Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers

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!

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4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

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.

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The Four “R’s” of Eating Disorder Recovery in the New Year

How to tune out the body-focused messaging during the New Year and what you can do instead!

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Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?

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.

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4 Hidden Dangers of Dieting

Despite their popularity, diets are often ineffective and can even have harmful effects on the body.

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Why Weight Loss and Dieting Won’t Cure 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.

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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.

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5 Potential Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa You May Not Know About

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.

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7 Reasons to Say “No” to Celebrity Diets (and Diets in General)

It’s undeniable that diets can offer appeal and intrigue, promising to make us look and feel good in short amounts of time. What they don’t address in their annoying little sales pitches is that they actually can be quite dangerous, and most often don’t work.

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8 Warning Signs of Orthorexia

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.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Body Image

How do we ensure that our children have a positive relationship with food and in turn with their natural body size and shape?

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Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight Loss: Do They Go Hand-In-Hand?

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.

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7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About

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.

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Why Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers Don’t Work for those with Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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Seriously, What Is Wrong with Fashion/Fitness Magazines Sometimes?

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.

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5 Symptoms That Will Help You Better Understand Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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Viewpoint: Why BMI is Not the End-All-Be-All

While one’s BMI should never be ignored, it isn’t a comprehensive marker for assessing an individual’s health.

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8 Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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Ideas for Maintaining Positive Body Image This Summer

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:

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Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

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.

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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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What is Orthorexia?

Orthorexia is a condition marked by an extreme fixation over the quality and purity of food.

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What Does “This is Us” Teach Us About Body Image and Weight Stigma?

For those of you that missed our latest Facebook Live discussing the best new show on NBC, “This is Us” with Dr. Stu Koman, the founder and CEO of Walden, we’ve highlighted 5 takeaways from our discussion

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What Is Binge Eating Disorder?

8 million Americans have Binge Eating Disorder, affecting 3.5 percent of women, 2 percent of men and 1.6 percent of adolescents.

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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.”

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Body Shaming in the Media: Are We Just as Much to Blame as the Tabloids?

We are so used to picking people apart, or judging people based on their external appearance, that body shaming has become a sort of white noise that is constantly playing in the backdrop of our lives.

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Will AspireAssist Really Work?

The critics are calling AspireAssist “the bulimia machine,” “electronic purging” and “assisted bulimia” – among other choice terms.

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5 Hidden Dangers of the Paleo Diet

While some studies link weight loss and overall health improvements when following the Paleo Diet, many remain skeptical regarding its overall effectiveness. From a nutritional standpoint, adhering to certain parts of this diet can result in potentially damaging consequences.

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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?

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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.

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My Reflection: The Intersection Of Dance and Eating Disorders

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.

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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!

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Getting Off The Food Rollercoaster

Historically, our relationship with food has rested on the balance of our need to eat and the availability of food: the biological imperative to eat—hunger, and the physical ability to satisfy that imperative. The interplay between hunger and being satisfied is “appetite.”

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