Health at Every Size and Eating Disorder Treatment

This video blog highlights the ways with which HAES can complement eating disorder treatment and serve as a wonderful resource in eating disorder recovery.

Health at Every Size and Eating Disorder Treatment2018-12-06T17:33:42+00:00

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia is an obsession with food and weight that manifests itself through cycles of binging and purging. It is dangerous and can have severe medical and psychological complications if not appropriately treated.

What is Bulimia Nervosa?2018-12-04T16:53:16+00:00

5 Ways to Support Your Child with ARFID

Caring for a child with Avoidant Restrictive Food Disorder (ARFID) can be challenging. It can be stressful ensuring that your child is meeting their nutritional needs, growing appropriately and engaging in normal developmental activities. Specialized support is available and knowing how to help your child through treatment will give you the tools necessary to maintain extended recovery.

5 Ways to Support Your Child with ARFID2018-11-28T17:36:29+00:00

This is Me and I’m Okay.

Our stories need to be heard. If my story can help get one person the eating disorder support they need and deserve, I am happy.

This is Me and I’m Okay.2018-11-22T17:57:04+00:00

5 Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders

While all eating disorders look a little bit differently and should be treated as such, there are many warning signs that present similarly for each diagnosis. Here are 5 symptoms that can be indicative of a larger problem.

5 Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders2018-11-14T20:10:19+00:00

Can I be a Vegan AND in Eating Disorder Recovery? Part 1

When following a vegan diet is closely aligned with your values, it can be a source of pleasure and fulfillment, especially as you take steps in your recovery. When the dietary omissions come from a place of fear or serve the eating disorder patterns of rigidity and restriction, it is definitely something worth exploring further with your treatment team.

Can I be a Vegan AND in Eating Disorder Recovery? Part 12018-10-22T19:27:13+00:00

National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own

My family has been nothing but supportive since coming out so many years ago - I don’t take that for granted. Before my conservative, religious grandparents passed away, they had a picture of us on their refrigerator which meant they were willing to define our relationship to any visitor that asked. I know that is not everybody’s story, and I feel incredibly lucky.

National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own2018-10-11T15:03:19+00:00

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with an Eating Diosrder

It is difficult to watch someone you love live with an eating disorder. While you can't simply fix them, there are certainly many ways that you can be a support for them and encourage them along in their path to recovery.

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with an Eating Diosrder2018-10-03T14:29:24+00:00

What We’re Reading: A Book Review by Dr. Linda Buchanan

I highly recommend Priming: Programming the Mind for Habit Change and Success, Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D. After reading it, I've been able to implement it in my life - both personally and professionally and have found the technique to be helpful in both areas. .

What We’re Reading: A Book Review by Dr. Linda Buchanan2018-09-27T14:33:51+00:00

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

5 Harmful Eating Disorder Myths

Myths about eating disorders are harmful and can perpetuate stigmas that prevent many people from seeking life-saving support.

5 Harmful Eating Disorder Myths2018-09-10T03:52:44+00:00

6 Significant Health Risks of Anorexia Nervosa

From our skin and bones to our hearts and brains, anorexia impacts the entire body. Here are 6 common complications that can result from anorexia.

6 Significant Health Risks of Anorexia Nervosa2018-09-10T03:52:45+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

4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders can be difficult on the entire family system. Many families find it difficult to balance treatment with other life priorities - most importantly, ensuring the health and happiness of everyone at home. Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong family support while your child is in eating disorder treatment.

4 Ways to Maintain a Strong Family System When Your Child is in Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

3 Myths About Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ Community

While research on LBGTQ people with eating disorders is relatively limited, the findings that have emerged are concerning. It is clear that we need to do better in making the medical and psychological needs of the LGBTQ population a priority and ensure that our health providers are educated in the unique needs of this community.

3 Myths About Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ Community2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

6 Myths about Eating Disorder Treatment

The thought of seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be scary. There is a lot of uncertainty and the opportunity for change - which can be daunting for many. There are many myths about eating disorder treatment that don't help to minimize nerves. This blog will debust many of the common myths about eating disorder treatment so that you will feel more comfortable pursuing recovery.

6 Myths about Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:47+00:00

Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices

Inclusive treatment environments – built on knowledge, respect, empathy and understanding for everyone – are imperative. Based on my work as an eating disorder specialist, and my own experience as a member of the LGBTQ community, I’d like to share a few tips for those working with the LGBTQ community.

Eating Disorders & LGBTQ Community: Treatment Best Practices2018-09-10T03:52:48+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

The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Did you know that yoga can be a great complement to eating disorder treatment and as a helpful tool in eating disorder recovery? Adding in appropriate yoga practices (that are unique to each individual and where they are at in their recovery journey) can be a great way to help connect mind and body - a practice that can be more difficult for those who have experience with eating disorders.

The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders2018-09-10T03:52:50+00:00

I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?

While I can’t promise that the recommendations below will work in each varying circumstance, I’ve put together a few suggestions that have worked in the past to provide individuals with life-saving treatment when insurance becomes an obstacle.

I Don’t Have Insurance: How Can I Get Eating Disorder Treatment?2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities

A large part of my work with individuals in program is helping them to understand the importance of making recovery a priority while also practicing balance. Here are 3 tips to help manage eating disorder treatment with other life responsibilities.

How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

Eating Disorders and OCD: A Complicated Mix

Understanding the similarities and differences between eating disorders and OCD can help providers develop a more comprehensive understanding of a client’s presentation and can also inform treatment interventions.

Eating Disorders and OCD: A Complicated Mix2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

The Link Between Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa

While anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder have many defining features that make them unique from one another, they also have many shared features which are important to recognize when working with individuals with eating disorders

The Link Between Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa2018-09-10T03:52:52+00:00

Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips

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.

Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips2018-09-10T03:52:52+00:00

5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

As much as we wish there was, there are no instructions for how to recover from an eating disorder. What I can say, is that everyone's recovery journey is unique, and different things will work for different people. Here are a few of my recommendations that have worked for individuals in the past.

5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:52:52+00:00

Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Hyannis

Walden Behavioral Care has opened an intensive outpatient eating disorders clinic on Barnstable Road that officials with the Waltham-based chain say is the first of its kind on Cape Cod.

Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Hyannis2018-09-10T03:52:53+00:00

4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children

With the ever-changing climate of mass media and societal pressures, children are experiencing eating disorders at younger and younger ages. For this reason, I thought it was important to list some of the things I’ve learned in working with the pediatric population.

4 Important Things I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders in Children2018-09-10T03:52:56+00:00

Collection Of Brains From People With Eating Disorders To Be Launched At Harvard

Walden Behavioral Care is very excited to share that their non-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Education and Research in Eating Disorders (FREED), has partnered with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital to launch the first and only national brain bank dedicated to the research of eating disorders.

Collection Of Brains From People With Eating Disorders To Be Launched At Harvard2018-09-10T03:52:56+00:00

Exciting News in the Eating Disorder Field

We are very excited to share that our non-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Education and Research in Eating Disorders (FREED), has partnered with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital to launch the first and only national brain bank dedicated to the research of eating disorders.

Exciting News in the Eating Disorder Field2018-09-10T03:52:56+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

5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care

While appropriate levels of care should not be recommended without an evaluation - including a thorough physical and psychological review - there are some recurring symptoms that are often present for many individuals admitted to an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. Here are a few of those common indicators.

5 Common Signs that Could Indicate the Need for Inpatient Eating Disorder Care2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment

While you are probably well aware that your child needs eating disorder treatment, they are pulling out all of the stops to prevent you from making them go. Here are some helpful strategies to consider when your child is refusing to attend eating disorder treatment.

4 Helpful Reminders if Your Child is Refusing Eating Disorder Treatment2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

Is Anorexia a Choice?

Lack of education or awareness of the condition can often lead friends or family to ask “is anorexia a choice?”

Is Anorexia a Choice?2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

What Recovery Means to Me

Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book.

What Recovery Means to Me2018-09-10T03:52:58+00:00

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.

What is the Difference Between Overeating and Binge Eating? VLOG2018-01-30T18:15:54+00:00