Yes, males can develop an eating disorder. It may not seem like it, as you rarely hear about it. Males do not seek treatment as often as others. Their behaviors are different. Their language is different. But the negative impact on physical, mental, social, and occupational aspects of life is the same as everyone else. [...] Read More
Kristen Neff is an important name in the world of psychology. Neff works as an author and associate professor in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas in Austin and created the Self-Compassion Scales (SCS), a 26-item assessment that measures the construct of self-compassion. Neff recently discussed the importance of being in the [...] Read More
Self-harming is an often misunderstood behavior. Also referred to as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), those that struggle with self-harm are often not attempting to engage in suicidal behaviors but are attempting to experience release from distress. With approximately 15% of college students and 17% of adolescents engaging in self-harming behaviors at least once, most people have [...] Read More
Type 1 (T1) diabetes is a medical condition that affects someone’s endocrine system . Diabetes causes someone’s immune system to attack some of the cells in someone’s pancreas. This then impacts their ability to produce insulin . If diabetes is left untreated, it can be deadly . To keep themselves alive and healthy, people with [...] Read More
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a lesser-known eating disorder diagnosis that is no less serious than the more commonly-known Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder. Supporting earlier diagnosis and treatment of this disorder can be achieved by increasing awareness and understanding of signs and symptoms. What is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder? Criteria in [...] Read More
From daily meals to social commentary on food, there are many aspects of daily life that can be triggering to someone in eating disorder recovery. For those that work in the food industry, this interaction with the object of their disorder is unavoidable and can feel conflicting. On one side, there is exposure to what used [...] Read More
It is common for eating disorders to begin in the teen years, but research shows that more and more younger teens and children are struggling with disordered eating . Pediatric eating disorders have increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis . This is really concerning because eating disorders can cause serious medical problems [...] Read More
COVID-19 has filled all of our lives with fear. That being the case, you may not be enthused to read yet another COVID-centric article. The psychological and emotional overwhelm that can come from reading all about COVID symptoms, cases, vaccines, risks, etc., all while living in a COVID-focused world, can be exhausting. My hope is that [...] Read More
Concerned you or a loved one may have binge eating disorder (BED)? BED is a serious eating disorder that can have both short-term and long-term consequences on a person’s physical and psychological health. What is Binge Eating Disorder? BED is a severe, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by recurring binge eating episodes. What is a [...] Read More
Experiencing anxiety over eating in public is called Deipnophobia. It is not something solely experienced by those with eating disorders. Our culture has vilified eating and nourishment to the point that many no longer see it as an enjoyable way of taking care of the body but as a necessary evil to staying alive. As such, [...] Read More
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