The first article in this series made it clear that the subculture of the military comes with its own unique challenges that impact eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The emphasis on power, control, and perfection, as well as physical fitness and the thin ideal, can absolutely lead to [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting at least 30 million people in the US alone . 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. [...] Read More
Many people with eating disorders have anxiety about food or food-related situations, such as eating in restaurants or around friends . 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 [...] Read More
Choosing to get eating disorder treatment is a courageous step. Accepting that you need treatment can be a process in and of itself . This realization, paired with needing to choose a treatment program, can be overwhelming. There are things to consider when choosing an eating disorder program that can make it easier to decide. [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 . If you are having problems getting insurance to cover your ED treatment, here are some tips for [...] Read More
Thanks to COVID-19, many of us are now working from home. And while some people may love the idea of working on the couch in their PJs, for others (especially for those in eating disorder recovery), working from home can be difficult. Here are five tips for staying in eating disorder recovery while working from [...] Read More
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