Are Eating Disorders Contagious?

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.

Are Eating Disorders Contagious?2018-10-15T17:50:48+00:00

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.

Balance in Schools: How to Address Weight Concerns While Limiting Impact on Body Image and Disordered Eating”2018-09-10T03:52:44+00:00

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.

5 Things You Need to Know About Health at Every Size2018-09-10T03:52:46+00:00

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.

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery2018-09-10T03:52:47+00:00

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.

What are the Signs of Anorexia2018-09-10T03:52:47+00:00

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.

The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders2018-09-10T03:52:50+00:00

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.

3 Ways to Embody Eating Disorder Prevention2018-09-10T03:52:51+00:00

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.

Oy Vey! How much do you Think I Should Weigh?2018-09-10T03:52:57+00:00

Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers

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!

Here’s Why We Place so much “Weight” in Numbers2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

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.

4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?

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.

Does My Loved One Have Binge Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:52:59+00:00

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

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.

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?2018-09-10T03:53:01+00:00

7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About

Anorexia is a complex illness – one that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – that manifests differently for each individual. Here are some of the lesser known warning signs of Anorexia.

7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About2018-09-10T03:53:08+00:00

5 Symptoms That Will Help You Better Understand Binge Eating Disorder

Despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States (impacting 6-8 million Americans, twice the number of people with anorexia and bulimia), binge eating disorder is often misunderstood and its magnitude overlooked.

5 Symptoms That Will Help You Better Understand Binge Eating Disorder2018-09-10T03:53:15+00:00

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.

Some Truths about School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention2018-09-10T03:53:17+00:00

A Mom’s Candid View on Body Image

I hope the young girl’s mother knows that her beautiful smile is what her daughter will remember, not her clothing size.

A Mom’s Candid View on Body Image2018-09-10T03:53:19+00:00

Ideas for Maintaining Positive Body Image This Summer

No matter how much we may have dreamt about it in the long cold winter months, summer can certainly be a challenging and triggering time, especially for those with eating disorders. Here are some tips for beating those summer insecurities. So what can you do to take back control and preserve a positive body image? Here are some tips:

Ideas for Maintaining Positive Body Image This Summer2018-09-10T03:53:19+00:00

Raising Competent Eaters: What Parents Can Do

Every parent wants to see their child succeed, in school, athletics, the arts and socially. We want our children to be competent; competent students, competent drivers and competent decision-makers. It is also a parent’s job to raise competent eaters.

Raising Competent Eaters: What Parents Can Do2018-09-10T03:53:24+00:00

Student Learner Operating This Life

Learning the skills of self-care is a lot like learning to drive a car. We often expect to already have these skills, when in reality, learning how best to care for ourselves is a process that typically requires a lot of trial and error before we figure out what actually works.

Student Learner Operating This Life2018-09-10T03:53:25+00:00

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.

What are the Common Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:53:29+00:00

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.

This Year, I’m Being My Own Valentine2018-09-10T03:53:31+00:00

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.

Athletes & Eating Disorders – When Can I Exercise, Again?2018-09-10T03:53:31+00:00

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.

Finding a Moving Place2018-09-10T03:53:33+00:00

#YouAreAGift

Join Aly Raisman and Walden Behavioral Care as we refocus the narrative of the holidays back to what the season is meant to represent: togetherness and the power of giving.

#YouAreAGift2017-05-09T14:18:47+00:00

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?

Can Bullying Lead To An Eating Disorder?2018-09-10T03:53:34+00:00

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!

Music Therapy & Eating Disorders? You Bet!2018-09-10T03:53:34+00:00

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.

What is OSFED?2018-09-10T03:53:40+00:00

Why is it Easier to Find Male Celebrities with “Overweight” BMI’s?

I'm not saying that men are not body shamed in the media, because they most certainly are. What I did notice, especially after doing research for this blog, is that it seems that the media is placing more pressure on women in the public spotlight to conform to society's baseless standards of "normalcy" and "rightness."

Why is it Easier to Find Male Celebrities with “Overweight” BMI’s?2018-09-10T03:53:41+00:00