Eating Disorders Blog Posts

New Series “Insatiable” is Hard to Digest

The netflix satirical comedy, Insatiable trivialized the experience of those who have been impacted by an eating disorder.

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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.

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Eating Disorder Risk Through the Athlete Life Cycle

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.

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What is Night Eating Syndrome?

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).

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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.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Diabulimia

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.

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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.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size

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.

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4 Ways Spirituality Can Help and Hinder Eating Disorder Recovery

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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there a Difference Between Orthorexia and “Clean Eating?”

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.

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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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