OSFED Blog Posts

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for Students Coming Back to Campus

If you’re currently working through an eating disorder, or have a history with one, here are some helpful ways to make your college experience as successful as possible

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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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Some Truths about School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention

Eating disorders are serious, impacting millions of school-aged youth across America. Like any mental health condition, they warrant honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. But these discussions help.

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Walden Behavioral President and CEO, Stuart Koman Offers Thoughts on ‘To the Bone’

If you have a history of an eating disorder, or are currently working toward recovery, I would not recommend watching this film.

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5 Gifs for Eating Disorder Recovery

Here are some motivational GIFs that I hope will help you progress in your recovery.

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What are the Common Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders come in different forms, have different causes and are triggered by different biological, emotional and/or environmental factors. Here are some common indicators of an eating disorder.

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This Year, I’m Being My Own Valentine

Understanding what self-compassion is–and what it isn’t–is a critical piece in gaining self-acceptance and boosting self-esteem.

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7 Things to Avoid Saying to Someone Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Here is a compilation of common unhelpful phrases, as reported by eating disorder patients, that loved ones should avoid using.

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Athletes & Eating Disorders – When Can I Exercise, Again?

While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach in determining when / if someone struggling with an eating disorder could return to exercise or their sport, here are some of the criterion we use to help determine the appropriateness of incorporating exercise back into the life of an eating disorder patient.

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2016 Reflections: Making Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment More Accessible

Recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families.

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I Was a Competitive Athlete with an Eating Disorder. Here’s What I Did About It.

My name is Andrea. I’ve been an elite, competitive runner for almost 20 years. I was a Division I scholarship athlete who became an All American and a national record holder in college. I also developed an eating disorder.

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Eating Disorders & the Holidays: 5 Tips to Support Your Loved One

Loved ones can be an instrumental support system in helping to ease concerns and reduce anxiety this holiday season. If you’re wondering how exactly you can help, here are some tips that have proven beneficial for the loved ones of someone struggling with an eating disorder.

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Finding a Moving Place

The number on the scale does not necessarily paint a helpful picture for overall health. In thinking about physical movement for the mind and body, we need not measure our success in pounds, but how we feel and where we are in achieving the goals we’ve created for ourselves–not the goals that society tells us we should have.

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Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Danielle Flanigan

Danielle Flanigan
Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care – Worcester Clinic

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10 Ways to Make Exercise a Win-Win

Exercise has many internal benefits that should never be ignored. If you are having a hard time navigating your relationships with exercise, check out some of these tips to keep exercise a win-win!

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The Pros and Cons of Friendships in Eating Disorder Treatment

Can friendships created while in eating disorder treatment be a positive driver in recovery?

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Can Bullying Lead To An Eating Disorder?

Seventy Seven Percent of school children and adolescents report being or having been bullied, but does that put them at higher risk for developing an eating disorder?

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Music Therapy & Eating Disorders? You Bet!

You don’t need to have a music background, own an instrument or even be able to carry a tune to reap the many benefits of music therapy!

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Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Kera Persaud

Our staff is committed to providing clients with the best possible care and is passionate about instilling knowledge and skills that foster long-lasting recovery for our clients. They are Ambassadors of Hope.

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Athletes and Eating Disorders: 5 Key Warning Signs

Eating disorders happen in all sports, to athletes of all ages, competitive levels, body types and genders. Most worrisome, they can be difficult to detect, even by the most seasoned athletic trainer, coach or concerned parent.

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5 Skills (and Real – Life Examples) to Replace Maladaptive Coping Behaviors

Replacing maladaptive behaviors and coping mechanisms with safer and more effective coping mechanisms can help reduce stress and minimize anxiety amid the most challenging circumstances.

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6 Meal Coaching Tips For Parents Who Have A Child With An Eating Disorder

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4 Ways to Stay Recovery-Focused After Eating Disorder Treatment

We often hear from clients post-discharge, that without the support of the staff and milieu in program, the transition back to daily life can be quite challenging. For this reason, it is imperative that parts of the treatment environment get carried over upon discharge.

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The Return to Campus: 6 Tips for Parents of a College Student with an Eating Disorder

Whether down the road or hundreds of miles away, parents can remain invaluable advocates and support systems for their child struggling with an eating disorder while also transitioning to college.

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What is OSFED?

OSFED is a dangerous disease and should be taken seriously. It is now the most commonly eating disorder, encompassing an estimated 70 percent of all eating disorder diagnoses.

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Ambassadors of Hope: Meet Heather Chenette

Meet Heather Chenette, LICSW and Lead Clinician for Walden’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program and Adult Intensive Outpatient Program at our Waltham Clinic!

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Some Thoughts On Body Image From A Male Clinician

For women and men suffering from the infliction of an eating disorder within this cultural back drop, it’s no wonder why it has become increasingly challenging for many to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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7 Really Irritating Things People Say About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex, misunderstood and subject to a lot of “did he/she really just say that?!” types of statements. Trying to dodge these annoying comments can sometimes feel like trying to dodge rain drops without an umbrella.

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Structured vs. Flexible Eating in Eating Disorder Treatment: When Is the Right Time?

While eating disorders aren’t all about food, changes to food choices and routines can often be a lightning rod for bringing up tensions, anxieties and increased eating disorder thoughts and/or behaviors. For this reason, we usually start clients on a nutrition plan with plenty of structure and support.

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For Anyone Battling A Mental Illness: You’re A Hero Too

If someone battling with or those having survived from cancer are heroes (which they are) – why shouldn’t those battling, or those having recovered from a mental illness be considered heroes too?

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