How to Support Students with Eating Disorders as They Return to In-School Learning

Elementary School Classroom Contributor: Lauren Seicke, LGPC, at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt As children and adolescents begin a new school year, it is normal to feel the “back-to-school jitters.” And this year, the normal anxiety that accompanies the beginning of a new season may be exacerbated by the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. For [...]
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The Truth About Diet Culture

Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Diet culture is harmful to people of all weights and sizes, encouraging views that being skinny is ideal and that fat is bad. This thinking contributes to mental health concerns and eating disorder behaviors, especially for easily influenced groups like teenagers. The History of Diet Culture Diet culture traces back to [...]
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Back-to-School Time and Eating Disorders

Back-to-School Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center For many students, back-to-school season is a time of hope, excitement, and optimism. For others, though, returning to the classroom is a stressful experience that can put their mental and physical health at risk. For high school and college students who are at risk for eating disorders, or [...]
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The Pandemic’s Effect on the Mental Health of Those Who Have Eating Disorders

Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everyone’s mental health, presenting times of increased stress, fear, and anxiety. For those who have an eating disorder, the effect of the pandemic may be even greater, making it challenging to remain in recovery. The Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health The [...]
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Muscle Dysphoria Among Gender Minority Populations

Frustrated Woman Muscle dysphoria can impact anyone. However, certain populations are more likely to struggle with muscle dysphoria than others. What if transgender and gender non-binary people are one of those groups? What’s Muscle Dysphoria? Muscle dysphoria is when someone believes their body is too small, particularly their muscles [1]. People with muscle dysphoria are struggling with [...]
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Integrating Eating Disorder Treatment into Dallas, Texas College Life

College students studying College life is busy. Balancing academics with social events, sports, hobbies, and student jobs is a lot. Even though it’s fun (especially in a fun city like Dallas!), juggling all these responsibilities can make it difficult to integrate eating disorder treatment into their schedule. It’s not impossible and it’s actually really important. Here’s some tips [...]
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Trouble Shifting Thinking Can Contribute to Shame & Disordered Eating

Shame and Embarassed Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Shame is one key risk factor for body image concerns and eating disorder symptoms. When someone experiences shame, they may feel inadequate and fear that others think of them negatively. While everyone feels shame at times, difficulty shifting thinking away from shame and negative thoughts about the body can contribute to [...]
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