Eating disorders (ED) are complex bio-psycho-social illnesses impacting a person’s physiological and psychological health and wellbeing. As such, successful ED treatment typically requires a collaborative approach by a team of specialists (e.g., medical doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, nutritionists and more). One important member of the interdisciplinary ED treatment team is the nutritionist or registered dietitian. Unfortunately, [...] Read More
The largest obstacle between most individuals and life-changing self-compassion is themselves. We are all so quick to give reasons that we do not provide ourselves with compassionate actions, statements, and beliefs. One of the most common excuses for not doing so is labeling self-compassion as a negative trait such as “bragging,” “making excuses,” or “having self-pity.” [...] Read More
Binge eating disorder (BED) wasn’t recognized as an official disorder until the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013. At this time, the DSM-5 characterized BED as “recurrent episodes of binge eating,” which involves “eating, in a discrete period of time, an amount of food that is definitely larger [...] Read More
While many recognize the vulnerability of children, there is still a pervasive belief that their resilience helps them to move beyond what they experience. The opposite is actually true, as the imprints that childhood trauma can have on brain functioning and belief systems can last throughout the lifetime. Early Life Stress (ELS) events and experiences of stressors [...] Read More
There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that individuals with anorexia nervosa are at higher risk for severe medical complications. Anorexia behaviors involve severe restriction of food and fluids, which deplete the body of nutrients and electrolytes that are necessary for optimal body function. What remains is a starved body and brain that is at [...] Read More
The fear of weight gain (or fatphobia, FP) has long been considered one of the central characteristics of anorexia nervosa (AN). However, recent research challenges this traditionally accepted idea, indicating there may be more driving anorexia than weight. Anorexia Nervosa and Fear of Weight Gain Eating disorder specialists and medical professionals have traditionally believed the [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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), [...] Read More
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, [...] Read More
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