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.

Modeling & Weight Stigma Concerns

Woman in fashion show on runway The fashion industry is notorious for the perpetuation of unrealistic beauty standards. Discussion of this often revolves around how these standards impact the average citizen. However, this weight stigma also impacts those employed by this industry, particularly the models that are expected to be the walking examples of these standards. The Effect of Weight Stigma [...]
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COVID-19 Quarantine & Eating Disorders – A Dangerous Combination

Woman with body image Of the impact of COVID-19, Deputy-Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed has stated, “we are facing a human crisis unlike any we have experienced…(our) social fabric and cohesion is under stress [1].” This continues to be true, as the devastating impacts of COVID-19 rage through the population and quarantine measures once again go into [...]
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Finding Help for ARFID

Mother creating Healthy Eating Habits Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a relatively new (yet very serious) eating disorder that predominantly affects children. If left untreated, ARFID can have long-term, devastating impacts on a person’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. The good news is, there are numerous treatment methods available today to successfully treat ARFID. What is Avoidant/Restrictive Food [...]
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Height Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Tween struggling with eating disorder treatment A recent study conducted on more than 250 adolescent females reveals stunted growth may be one of the long-term side effects of anorexia nervosa (AN) [1]. Published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study also sheds light on how height concerns may point to more severe health complications for individuals [...]
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The Role of Metabolism & Genetics in Anorexia Nervosa

Young Woman Standing Outside Her Eating Disorder Recovery Center For years, doctors and therapists blamed the development of anorexia nervosa on environmental factors like overbearing parents or controlling mothers. Thanks to numerous studies on the genetics behind eating disorders, it is now evident that parents do not cause their children to develop eating disorders (at least not in the way everyone thought). Instead, eating [...]
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The Impact of Elton John’s Courageous Battle with Eating Disorders

Elton John is a music legend and icon known for so much, including, but not at all limited to, his talent, timelessness, advocacy, and charity work. While he has undoubtedly had many impactful life experiences and encounters in his illustrious career and lifetime, Elton John reports that three simple words changed his life – “I [...]
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Developing Awareness of the Unique Nutritional Needs of Adolescents Dealing with Restrictive Eating

Young girl alone in park, face close up. There are a great deal of unique factors involved in the treatment of adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and other restrictive eating disorders. Individuals that struggle with these disorders restrict their nutrients by severely limiting the food and fluids they take in. For adolescents, this can cause great harm, as they are experiencing formative mental and [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part III

Girl in India Eating disorders are complex conditions because they are medical and mental health issues. Their complexity makes them more complicated to treat. Finding effective treatment methods for these complex conditions is extra complicated because researchers are not entirely sure what causes disordered eating [1]. It is hard to create effective treatment methods when professionals are not [...]
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