Eating Disorder Blog Posts

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

Body image is complicated for everyone – especially those who have a history of an eating disorder. Be patient, have compassion for yourself and practice these five tips that can help to ease anxiety around any bodily changes that might be happening.

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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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5 Risk Factors for Binge Eating Disorder

There are many biological and environmental risk factors that can help to predict one’s susceptibility to developing binge eating disorder. While many of these risk factors are outside of our control, we can take proactive steps to prevent and/or treat any cognitive or behavioral symptoms that present.

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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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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.

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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

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7 Tips for Relapse Prevention: RECOVER

Understanding triggers and using skills are important components to avoid relapses in eating disorder recovery. The acronym of RECOVER offers some helpful tips to guide you.

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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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7 Things Providers Need to Know about Gender Identity and its Effect on Body Image

Even if you don’t consider yourself a specialist in working with the transgender or eating disordered population, it is important to have a general understanding of why they might co-exist and how you can best support individuals who present with either or both of these conditions.

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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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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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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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5 Ways to Support Eating Disorder Recovery at Your Holiday Gathering

Friends and family can play incredibly significant roles in treatment and recovery – especially during the holidays when you’ll likely be spending more time together. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at at your holiday gathering feels safe and comfortable.

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3 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One in Eating Disorder Treatment

Doing your best to understand what your loved one is going through and knowing what to expect while they are in eating disorder treatment, can provide a really great foundation to support them through their journey toward recovery. Here are few more helpful tips to scenarios that may arise.

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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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How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season – Without Using Food

If you often find yourself using food as a way to deal with overwhelming feelings, we’re here to help bring some positive change this holiday season. Learn new and more adaptive ways to better manage behavior urges and more healthfully face this season’s triggers.

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4 Big & Misleading Myths About Eating Disorders (vlog)

In this latest vlog, Walden’s Stephanie Haines sets the record straight – breaking down four of the biggest myths when it comes to eating disorders

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What If My Adult Child Has an Eating Disorder?

If you are a parent of an adult living with an eating disorder, know that you are capable of making a significant and lasting difference in their lives and in their recovery.

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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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Is Bulimia Genetic?

Our exact understanding of the intersection between genetics and eating disorders continues to evolve and there is still a need for more answers and clarity. Some notable research, however hints at the magnitude of this relationship.

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Who Does Binge Eating Disorder Affect?

To help you better understand who exactly can be affected by binge eating disorder, Walden’s Dr. Kate Craigen shares some common demographic information in this vlog.

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What is ARFID?

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), also known as “extreme picky eating,” is an eating disorder impacting thousands of Americans, particularly children.

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What You Need to Know About Pica

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.

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Meet Shannon Stern – Ambassador of Hope

Shannon Stern is an adolescent clinician on our residential unit. Learn more about her and her role at Walden in this Ambassador of Hope 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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Do I Have Binge Eating Disorder? 5 Important Questions to Consider

Binge Eating Disorder is a serious and complex condition affecting more than 6 million Americans of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes. If you think you might have binge eating disorder, there is hope. Take the first step and ask yourself these five questions.

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5 Lies My Eating Disorder Told Me

Recovery has taught me countless valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons is that ED is wrong. In fact, ED is very wrong.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Eating Disorder Treatment

Making the brave decision to enter eating disorder treatment is hard. There are a lot of unknowns so we’d like to help. Here are 5 things that might help you feel a bit more comfortable making this brave commitment.

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Meet Louisa Howell – Ambassador of Hope (VLOG)

Louisa Howell is the adult mental health counselor at Walden Behavioral Care’s Peabody clinic where she has been since it opened almost 3 years ago! 

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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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What If My Friend Has an Eating Disorder? (Vlog)

Here are some helpful ways to support a friend that you are concerned has an eating disorder.

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Trauma & Eating Disorders – The Unique Role of Residential Treatment Settings

Trauma recovery takes time and may be especially difficult for the many people who use eating disorder behaviors to cope. Residential treatment can provide a contained, nurturing environment where individuals can begin the process of interrupting negative coping mechanisms and re-establisha sense of safety in the world.

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Some Thoughts on the New Eating Disorder Film, “Feed”

‘Feed,” a film written, directed and acted by “Pretty Little Liars” star, Troian Bellisario,  follows Olivia, who begins engaging in disordered eating as a way of coping with the overwhelming feelings of loss, guilt and loneliness after the tragic death of her twin brother.

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Reframe a Relapse for Recovery Success

Decades of behavior change research literature indicate that long lasting behavior change is rarely linear, and often involves cycling between stages of change, including returning to contemplating change itself. Here’s how to reframe a relapse for recovery success.

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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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13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About It

The question for all of us as providers, relatives or as friends remains: how can we help our loved ones and students/clients/patients access proper mental health treatment and support prior to feeling as though they have no other option? Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful.

Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful.

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Are Eating Disorders A Choice?

Eating disorders are like rip currents. They highjack our instincts, alter our primal signals for survival and change our behavior.

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