3 Important Reminders for People Living at the Intersection of Identities

I am grateful for all the individuals that I have seen be unapologetically true to themselves as it has certainly motivated me to do the same for myself and those that I love. Your life and all the pieces of your identity matter.

3 Important Reminders for People Living at the Intersection of Identities2018-09-20T13:29:08+00:00

Rebuilding the Mind-Body Connection and Body Trust in Eating Disorder Treatment 

Rebuilding body trust and the mind-body connection is really a process of building self-awareness and claiming one's true self.  It ultimately involves trusting your instincts, and knowing you have a unique voice, perspective, and place in this world.

Rebuilding the Mind-Body Connection and Body Trust in Eating Disorder Treatment 2018-09-10T03:52:43+00:00

Pediatric Eating Disorders: 3 Best Practices for Parents

As our society continues to place great focus on physical appearance, diet culture, and unrealistic body image ideals, it is important for parents to be vigilant around their child’s eating behaviors and attitudes toward their bodies.

Pediatric Eating Disorders: 3 Best Practices for Parents2018-09-10T03:52:43+00:00

Balance in Schools: How to Address Weight Concerns While Limiting Impact on Body Image and Disordered Eating”

A “healthy” weight is truly different for every person. When we hold onto rigid ideas of what any individual should weigh – especially while discounting other wellness markers – we can actually negatively impact the body image and self esteem of our students and children.

Balance in Schools: How to Address Weight Concerns While Limiting Impact on Body Image and Disordered Eating”2018-09-10T03:52:44+00:00

5 Health Risks Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Did you know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness? Bulimia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder that has many serious health consequences that are important to be aware of.

5 Health Risks Associated with Bulimia Nervosa2018-09-10T03:52:45+00:00

Is there a Difference Between Orthorexia and “Clean Eating?”

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.

Is there a Difference Between Orthorexia and “Clean Eating?”2018-09-10T03:52:47+00:00

Are Competitive Youth Sports Fueling the Development of Eating Disorders?

While participating in sports can be very beneficial for growing children and adolescents, there are pieces of competitive athletics that can take a negative toll on their medical and psychological statuses. Here are some things to consider for parents and coaches of young athletes.

Are Competitive Youth Sports Fueling the Development of Eating Disorders?2018-09-10T03:52:48+00:00

5 Things You Might Not Know About ARFID: VLOG

Did you know that a form of extreme picky eating is now considered a feeding disorder as described in the DSM-5? Learn more about this relatively new condition in this VLOG!

5 Things You Might Not Know About ARFID: VLOG2018-09-10T03:52:49+00:00

What You Need to Know About Weight and Eating Disorder Treatment

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.

What You Need to Know About Weight and Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:49+00:00

3 Ways to Embody Eating Disorder Prevention

While we know that eating disorders can develop from interplay of biological, psychological and environmental factors that are often beyond our control, there are many risk factors that we can actively work to minimize - and even prevent in our everyday encounters.

3 Ways to Embody Eating Disorder Prevention2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

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.

Do I Have Orthorexia? 4 Questions to Ask2018-09-10T03:52:53+00:00

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."

When Healthy Eating Becomes a Dangerous Obsession2018-09-10T03:52:56+00:00

Adam Rippon Opens Up About Starving Himself for a Figure Skater’s Body

“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.

Adam Rippon Opens Up About Starving Himself for a Figure Skater’s Body2018-09-10T03:52:56+00:00

A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder

As a runner, I thought anyone but athletes had issues with food. After all, weren’t we the epitome of health? Lean and strong, thanks to exercise? I had to be the broken, I thought. I had to be the one with the lack of discipline around food.

A Runner’s Life with Binge Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:52:58+00:00

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!

Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

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.

Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss!

Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:53:02+00:00

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.

7 Reasons to Say “No” to Celebrity Diets (and Diets in General)2018-09-10T03:53:04+00:00

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.

8 Warning Signs of Orthorexia2018-09-10T03:53:04+00:00

Athletes and Eating Disorders: An Infograph

While many who participate in organized sports reap the many benefits such as increased self esteem, connectedness and greater body image, others have a different experience. Pressure to perform and compete at high levels can place undo stress on those who might be at risk for mental health conditions including eating disorders.

Athletes and Eating Disorders: An Infograph2018-09-10T03:53:24+00:00

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.

Athletes & Eating Disorders – When Can I Exercise, Again?2018-09-10T03:53:31+00:00

What is OSFED?

OSFED is a dangerous disease and should be taken seriously. It is now the most commonly eating disorder, encompassing an estimated 70 percent of all eating disorder diagnoses.

What is OSFED?2018-09-10T03:53:40+00:00

Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Heather Chenette

Meet Heather Chenette, LICSW and Lead Clinician for Walden's Adult Partial Hospitalization Program and Adult Intensive Outpatient Program at our Waltham Clinic!

Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Heather Chenette2018-09-10T03:53:41+00:00