Emotions & Eating Disorders

Woman sitting in desert struggling with Bulimia Nervosa What does the word emotions mean to you? For many people, the word brings up images of sadness, grief, and crying. Or perhaps when you hear the word emotions, you think of joy, excitement, or laughter. What emotions are invoked when you think about eating disorders? While emotions do, indeed, regulate whether we feel like [...]
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Food Images & Eating Disorders

Lady waling on path in recovery Food images are frequently used in both eating disorder (ED) research and clinical practice settings. While some evidence shows food images can be beneficial for ED research and therapeutic intervention, recent research suggests a new type of image stimuli may be a more effective and reliable way to detect and treat eating disorders. Food Preoccupation [...]
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Salivary Gland Swelling in Eating Disorders

African American Black Woman in LV Hat Blue Tank Top While many people are aware of common physical signs of eating disorders (such as extreme weight loss, fatigue, loss of hair, absence of menstruation, etc.), one little-known symptom frequently affecting patients with eating disorders is swelling of the salivary glands. Most often found among people with anorexia nervosa binge-purge subtype (AN-BP) and bulimia nervosa (BN), [...]
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Causes of Eating Disorders in Older Women

Woman considering anorexia recovery Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center When we think of eating disorders, we often picture teen girls and young women. While this is usually the demographic most affected by eating disorders, it is important to remember that women of all ages can experience symptoms of these diseases. Women go through several physical, mental, [...]
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The Golden Years & Disordered Eating

Nature Path in Woods into Sunlight There is a common belief that eating disorders only affect teenagers or young adults. While eating disorders typically start appearing during this time in someone’s life, they don’t just go away as someone gets older [1]. It’s possible that if an eating disorder goes untreated, someone can carry it with them into their older years. [...]
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Moving Back Home During ED Treatment & Recovery

Woman struggling with eating disorder Eating disorder treatment and recovery can be difficult. Recovering from an eating disorder is more than changing behaviors. While behavior modification is a crucial part of the process, recovery often entails changing the way you think and feel about food and your body, especially if you’re going through eating disorder recovery while living with family. [...]
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Relapse and Eating Disorders

Woman looking over city Contributor: Chris Harris Ph.D., LPC, MHSP – Director of Eating Disorder Programs, Focus Treatment Centers Seeking care for an eating disorder can be a difficult process. One of the questions to ask is how common is relapse and what can be done to diminish the likelihood of it occurring? Relapse for an eating disorder also [...]
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Finding Balance During Mood, Anxiety, & Eating Disorder Treatment

Nature Lone Tree in Field Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson It can be hard enough to struggle with an eating disorder. But when you’re suffering from multiple conditions at the same time, you’re dealing with the symptoms of each disorder, and that can be an overwhelming and intense experience. For many people who have an eating disorder, mental illnesses such as [...]
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How College Coaches Can Support an Athlete Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Girl's College Volleyball Team The pressure and competitiveness of college sports make athletes that play them susceptible to eating disorders, particularly if they believe it will serve their athletic performance. The National Collegiate Athlete Association (NCAA) reported in a survey that “70% of responding institutions reported at least one case of an eating disorder, with 90% of those cases occurring [...]
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Mindfulness and Self Inquiry to Reduce Eating Disordered Thoughts and Behaviors

Woman sitting in desert struggling with Bulimia Nervosa Mindfulness and Self Inquiry Article Contributed By: Laurie Little, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist of Lindner Center of HOPE Many individuals with eating disorders struggle with perfectionism and have high needs to control their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and environment. Underlying feelings of shame and powerlessness often lead to a coping strategy that tries to regain a sense [...]
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