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.

Exercise and Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman receiving her therapeutic potential ofr her eating disorder by running For as long as I can remember, I have been a runner. Even in my heaviest stage, junior year of high school, I still ran. While my daily jogs were not far and they were not fast, they mellowed me. While I enjoyed running, I wouldn’t go as far as to say I loved running, [...]
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Eating Disorders & Substance Use Disorder

Nature Path in Woods into Sunlight Eating disorders (ED) and substance use disorders (SUD) often co-occur. It is extremely important for those suffering from both ED and SUD, to receive specialized treatment that addresses both issues. What is Substance Use Disorder? Substance use disorder (also called substance abuse disorder) occurs when a person is unable to control the use of a [...]
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Body Image Pressures of Summertime

Woman on beach Summertime is the season of sunshine, swimming pools, beach days, BBQs, and, unfortunately, body image pressures. Thanks to the season’s extra pressures, summer can be a very difficult time full of triggers and potential pitfalls for those struggling with body image issues or an eating disorder. Unrealistic Images & Messages Fuel Body Image Insecurities Every [...]
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How Support Groups Assist in Eating Disorder Recovery

Group of People discussing cultural differences in mental health treatment Support groups are an incredible way to create an accessible community for any number of life challenges. The benefits of these groups are undeniable, from the access to information and support they provide to the community they create. Here are just a few benefits of support groups that can help contribute to eating disorder recovery. Accessibility [...]
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Are Foods like Drugs of Abuse: The Science Behind Foods Triggering Binge Eating and Loss of Control

An open book in a library COVID 19 epidemic responses included a stay at home orders, lockdowns, and quarantines. Many people have changed food preferences, abandoned healthy eating, and relapsed into patterns of binge eating and overeating [1]. Our relationship with food is complicated. We describe some foods as comforting or comfort food and others as a form of self-medication [2]. [...]
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Eating Disorders in the LBGTQ+ Community

LGBT parade Eating disorders do not discriminate – they impact many individuals with various intersectional identities, including those with LGBTQ+ identities. In fact, research has indicated that eating disorders disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ+ community. [1] Risk factors Research suggests that LGBTQ+ identified people face unique stressors and challenges that likely put them at risk [...]
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