Unique Considerations of Seeking Anorexia Treatment in the Military

Woman soldier in the military According to the National Guard Association of the United States, Eating disorder diagnoses among military members have risen 26% over five years (1). The military and anorexia have a complicated relationship. Military personnel undergo unique life experiences that can make them more vulnerable to these disorders. In this 3-part series, we will examine how military [...]
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Eating Disorder Recovery Apps

Happy woman using a tablet outdoors Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting at least 30 million people in the US alone [1]. Recovering from an eating disorder, though possible for anyone, can be challenging and takes hard work, accountability, and support. But thanks to modern technology, there are numerous eating disorder recovery apps available to help you on your journey. [...]
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Exposure-Response Therapy and Eating Disorder Treatment

Asian Woman in Yellow Field Many people with eating disorders have anxiety about food or food-related situations, such as eating in restaurants or around friends [1]. Fear foods are a common barrier for people with eating disorders and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or Exposure-Response Therapy) can help reduce reactions to them. Fear foods are foods that cause a significant [...]
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Eating Disorder Assessment (EDA-5)

Doctor discussing Anorexia Research The earlier an eating disorder is diagnosed, the less entrenched the behaviors are and the earlier treatment can be provided. Eating disorder assessments can help identify them. For those that struggle with these dangerous disorders, “the first years of illness appears to offer a critical window for recovery, beyond which outcomes are poorer (1).” This [...]
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Body Positive Celebrities and Their Impact

African American Black Woman with Flowers in Her Hair Ever felt insecure about your body after scrolling through celebrity social media accounts, browsing a magazine rack, or watching the Oscars? You’re not alone. One study examined the effect celebrity social media accounts have on adolescents, finding that exposure to “perfect” pictures of “perfect” celebrities significantly increases body image dissatisfaction and a drive to be [...]
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Isolation Can Increase Depression, Anxiety & Eating Disorders: Tips to Stay Connected

Girl concerned about Gaining Weight After Anorexia treatment Recent disease-containment strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19 have left thousands (if not millions) of people isolated at home. Research shows social isolation can increase depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, especially in vulnerable individuals. Here are three practical tips to stay connected and protect your mental health during a time of social isolation. Isolation [...]
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Securing Eating Disorder Insurance Coverage from Your Insurance Company

Researching Eating Disorder Insurance For many people, one of the biggest barriers to eating disorder treatment is the cost. Some residential treatment programs can cost upwards of $30,000 per month, and unfortunately, companies do not always provide eating disorder insurance coverage [1]. If you are having problems getting insurance to cover your ED treatment, here are some tips for [...]
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