Eating Disorders 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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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.

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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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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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3 Reasons to Implement Expressive Therapy in Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment

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!

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Best Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Type – 1 Diabetes

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.

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Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try

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.

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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 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.

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Feeling Dizzy Frequently?: This May Be Why

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.

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Four Things You Might Not Know About Men and Bulimia

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.

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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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Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

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.

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Trauma and Eating Disorders: Why do They Commonly Co-Occur

Sometimes, when an individual presents with co-morbid conditions, it is important to take into consideration the function of the eating disorder. While eating disordered behaviors can help individuals with trauma to avoid or escape uncomfortable feelings or flashbacks in the moment, using these maladaptive behaviors perpetuate the cycle of distress long-term.

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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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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.

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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.

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Walden Behavioral Care announces new vice president

Walden Behavioral Care is excited to welcome Elizabeth Woodhouse as their new assistant vice president of human resources and talent.

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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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Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) : 5 Tips for Providers

Watch this video of Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director, Walden Behavioral Care – Peabody clinic to learn how you as a provider can most effectively help those living with ARFID.

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Commentary: How the New Fitbit for Kids Could Backfire

My biggest concern with the device is that it gives the instruction to move without explaining why moving is important.

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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.

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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.

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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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4 Recommendations for Parents of an Adolescent Discharging from Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Helping your adolescent integrate back into their day to day routine can be challenging for everyone. Here are a few tips to help support your child’s transition from eating disorder treatment.

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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.

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First National Eating Disorders Brain Bank Launched

Observing a need to help determine causes and impact of eating disorders and advance treatment approaches, the Our non-profit affiliate, Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED) and the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital have established the first and only national brain bank dedicated to research in eating disorders.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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How Eating Disorders Can Affect Young Athletes

The 2018 Games are producing dazzling displays of athleticism, but they’re also a reminder that many young athletes at all levels of their sport grapple with eating disorders. Several high-profile Olympic athletes, such as U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon and Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman, have recently spoken publicly about their struggles with an eating disorder.

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Oy Vey! How much do you Think I Should Weigh?

Why is it that there is such a high occurrence of disordered eating and eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish community? Find out some factors that may have an impact on eating disorder development within this population.

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Is Anorexia a Choice?

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

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