Disordered Eating Blog Posts

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Pica Syndrome: What You Should Know About The Strange Urge To Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Dr. James M. Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Care Center in Massachusetts talked with LittleThings to break down the key facts surrounding this highly unusual condition.

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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.

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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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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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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!

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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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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 Ways to Reduce the Risk for an Eating Disorder Post-Bariatric Surgery

Here are some recommendations to reduce the risk of eating disorders following bariatric surgery.

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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.

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Do I Need Treatment for My Eating Disorder: 5 Thoughts to Consider

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when determining whether or not you might need eating disorder treatment.

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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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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.

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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!

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