It’s always Prevention season and though we do not yet have vaccines for eating disorders, there is much we can do. Prioritizing self-care is a universal prevention and is powerful in the face of contagion.
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.
Many providers treating athletes may feel conflicted regarding the role of exercise within eating disorder treatment and may disallow the activity altogether. Although exercise restriction is appropriate and medically necessary for some, it can, unfortunately, lead many individuals to feel dissatisfied with the recovery process.
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.
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. .
Linda Buchanan, Ph.D., Clinical Director for Walden Behavioral Care's Atlanta Programs joins colleagues at Veritas Collaborative's community panel to discuss issues facing those living with eating disorders and care providers.
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.
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.
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.
Myths about eating disorders are harmful and can perpetuate stigmas that prevent many people from seeking life-saving support.
Eating disordered thought patterns and “rules” are often rigid. The purpose of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to increase an individual’s ability to be flexible in the way they think so that they are better able to live a full and meaningful life.
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.
The netflix satirical comedy, Insatiable trivialized the experience of those who have been impacted by an eating disorder.
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.
Knowing and understanding biological, psychological and environmental factors that could contribute to the development of an eating disorder in athletes is critical in preparing and safeguarding oneself from falling into unhealthy coping strategies and practices.
Night eating syndrome is an eating disorder, characterized by repeated episodes of eating excessively at night (after dinner) or after you’ve gone to sleep. It can negatively affect psychosocial functioning and interrupt sleep patterns. Here are some more things you need to know about Night Eating Syndrome (NES).
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.
While diabulimia is not yet included in the DSM-5, the term is quite often used to describe someone who is living with a comorbid diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. Here's what you need to know about this dangerous comorbid condition.
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.
Simply put, HAES® represents a paradigm shift away from a weight-centric approach to health and health care to one that highlights body diversity and behavior change to attain desired health outcomes as opposed to focusing on manipulating weight and shape.
Spirituality can have a complex relationship with eating disorders. Understanding the factors involved can help ensure that spirituality – should you choose to consider it as a recovery resource - becomes a positive force in your healing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expressive Therapy can be a great complement to adolescent eating disorder treatment. Here are some of the ways your child can benefit from this intervention!
When treating individuals with co-occurring Type-1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders, it is critical that providers manage these conditions skillfully as the risks of severe medical and psychological consequences are real. Here are some helpful strategies to keep in mind when working these these populations.
Weight fluctuations are a normal part of many individual's lives. For those living with eating disorders - or working toward recovery - any change in weight can be extremely anxiety - provoking. Here are some tips to help make any weight changes during eating disorder recovery a little more manageable.
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!
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.
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.
Many individuals living with eating disorders have experienced Orthostatic Hypotension (OH), but may not realize that the symptoms they're experience can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. Here are a few things you need to know about OH.
Although both men and women can experience eating disorders, there are many nuances that men living with these conditions experience independently. Here are four things you might not know about men and bulimia.
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.
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.
Self-injurious behavior, including eating disorders, can often leave people feeling isolated and experiencing feelings of shame and guilt. Here is some information about how these two conditions are connected.