5 Tips for Coaches to Identify Eating Disorders in Athletes

Female athlete on Balance Beam Struggling with an Eating Disorder Athletes are particularly vulnerable to developing an eating disorder. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive wellbeing, the immense pressure to compete and to win along with other risk factors can create an environment conducive to developing an eating disorder. It is important to help coaches identify [...]
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The Importance of Movement in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman compulsively exercising Contributor: Tanya Brown, MA, NFPt-CPT – Aftercare Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center A hallmark of many eating disorders is the categorical elimination of food groups and the increase in movement or exercise. Those with anorexia frequently ban caloric and carbohydrate-intensive foods, while others with orthorexia adhere to an embargo on foods that aren’t [...]
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Transitional Living Helps Increase Chances of Recovery

Woman in DBT treatment Fairhaven Treatment Center has the opportunity to treat clients from all parts of the country. After residential treatment is no longer indicated, clients benefit from gaining independence with meal planning, going grocery shopping, and all the other tasks that support a complete recovery. This is where transitional living helps in continuing recovery. Fairhaven provides this [...]
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Self-Image and Eating Disorders

Girl with headphones Eating disorders are complex illnesses and affect a variety of people. Risk factors for eating disorders involve a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. But, what role does self-image and eating disorders play with each other? The interaction of these factors tends to look different for different people. For example, two people with the [...]
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How Boys are Uniquely Susceptible to Bulimia Nervosa

Males with Eating Disorders The topic of boys and bulimia and disordered eating in general isn’t talked about enough, even in the eating disorder realm. These disorders will impact at least 10 million men in their lives. Yet, research is rarely focused on this population [1]. This is especially unfortunate for boys and male adolescents, as there are certain [...]
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Irené Winterburn’s Recovery Story

My name is Irené Winterburn. I am an eating disorder, sexual abuse, physical and verbal abuse, twenty-year-cocaine-addict in recovery, and suicide survivor who lives with depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I also suffer from sleep paralysis and fibromyalgia. Both my parents abandoned me by the age of two-and-a-half years old. I was put into a [...]
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How to Talk with our Teens About Bulimia

Girl laying grass with flowers Talking to a teen about bulimia can be challenging, as parents, teachers, coaches, or friends may not exactly know what to say about bulimia or how to say it in a way that feels supportive to the teen. We may need to talk with our teens about bulimia for various reasons — perhaps they come [...]
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Major Life Changes & Eating Disorder Relapse

lady doing Movement therapy in Movement Group for binge eating disorder Planned or unplanned, when life throws major life changes our way, adjusting can be incredibly difficult. Regardless of whether these changes are welcomed or not, it is still difficult to take the transition in stride. Unexpected Major Life Changes These are the life challenges that can send us reeling. Those moments when things are running smoothly, maybe [...]
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