Bulimia is an obsession with food and weight that manifests itself through cycles of binging and purging. It is dangerous and can have severe medical and psychological complications if not appropriately treated.
Our stories need to be heard. If my story can help get one person the eating disorder support they need and deserve, I am happy.
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.
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. .
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.
Myths about eating disorders are harmful and can perpetuate stigmas that prevent many people from seeking life-saving support.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you suspect that your loved one might have binge eating disorder? Are you concerned about how they will react if you confront them? Here are some helpful strategies to best frame a productive dialogue.
Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book.
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.
As a runner, I thought anyone but athletes had issues with food. After all, weren’t we the epitome of health? Lean and strong, thanks to exercise? I had to be the broken, I thought. I had to be the one with the lack of discipline around food.
Why do we as a society place so much emphasis on numbers and amounts? There is an actual psychological theory that explains why humans have an innate desire to compete and compare to one another. Learn more here!
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.
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.
Eating disorders impact the entire family system and sometimes, the recovery process can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, remember that even if your child has been steady in their recovery, they will need extra support during certain periods in their lives. Here are some tips to keep in mind during those difficult days in eating disorder treatment and recovery.
Beyond the associated psychiatric symptoms, which often include substance use, anxiety, depression and/or self - injurious behavior, there are many potential medical risks that can make BN a particularly life-threatening condition. Here are some of those.
Relapse in eating disorder recovery can feel like starting over, when really, this could be a great time to get yourself back on track and reoriented toward your recovery goals. Here is an infograph describing 6 things you can do if you've found yourself reverting back to old behaviors.
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.
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.
Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider.
This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss!
In my work as an eating disorder professional, I often hear unrealistic expectations, baseless rumors or frankly inaccurate myths about eating disorder treatment that have been powerful enough to prevent many from seeking the help they need.
Whether you're new to eating disorder treatment, or well on your way toward recovery, a commonly asked question is, "How long is this going to take?" While this is a difficult question to answer--as it is so dependent on many variables, what I can say is that following these three steps can have a significant impact on recovery success.
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.