Author Archives: Baxter Ekern

About Baxter Ekern

Baxter is the Vice President of Ekern Enterprises, Inc. He is responsible for the operations of Eating Disorder Hope and ensuring that the website is functioning smoothly.

How Does Self-Compassion Differ from Self-Pity?

Woman feeling joy in recovery 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.” [...]
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Childhood Early Life Stress Events Have Long-Term Consequences in Eating Disorders

Relaxing and coping 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 [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa & Ischemic Stroke

Nature Bridge in Forest 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 [...]
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Perhaps There is More Driving Anorexia Than Weight

Teen unknowingly triggering the mind-body connection with health anxiety 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 [...]
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Emotions & Eating Disorders

Woman sitting in desert struggling with Bulimia Nervosa 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 [...]
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Food Images & Eating Disorders

Lady waling on path in recovery 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 [...]
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Salivary Gland Swelling in Eating Disorders

Woman Thinking 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), [...]
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Causes of Eating Disorders in Older Women

Woman considering anorexia recovery 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, [...]
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Moving Back Home During ED Treatment & Recovery

Lake with mountain behind it Eating disorder treatment and recovery can be difficult. Recovering from an eating disorder is more than changing behaviors. While behavior modification is a crucial part of the process, recovery often entails changing the way you think and feel about food and your body, especially if you’re going through eating disorder recovery while living with family. [...]
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