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.

Overcoming Anxiety in Eating Disorder Treatment

young woman with illusion of Control in the Development of Eating Disorders Two-thirds of people with an eating disorder diagnosis will suffer from anxiety in their lifetime [1]. That means two-thirds of people will have to fight for recovery from their anxiety and eating disorders. Talk about overwhelming odds. This comorbidity can alter how the individual develops, experiences, is treated for and recovers from their eating disorder. Comorbidity [...]
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Bulimia Nervosa – Signs & Symptoms

bulimia signs in two women Bulimia nervosa is one of the most commonly known and diagnosed eating disorders. Bulimia affects 1.5% of American women, and bulimia signs are characterized by bingeing and purging behaviors and can result in dire health issues if left untreated [1]. Diagnosis Generally defined, “bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa – Signs & Symptoms

Thinking woman The word “anorexia” has become popular in the English lexicon, yet, many still don’t know what anorexia symptoms are or what it means exactly. Most often, it is used as a negative reference to individuals living in thin bodies. I don’t think I’m voicing an unpopular opinion when I say that tossing around an insult [...]
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Adult Day Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Support Groups holding hands in group therapy Eating disorders do not exist in a vacuum. As life and the world continues to move around you, receiving the proper treatment can be difficult, and that is if you can even receive treatment at all. Perhaps this is why research shows that eating disorder treatment for children and adolescents is most effective when done in [...]
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Keto Diet: Facts Versus Fad

Healthy breakfast on a meal plan. The ketogenic diet is only one of the most recent options in the rotation of the notorious fad diets. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics holds the position that the use of the keto diet may be used to treat epilepsy in children. The ketogenic diet has no established benefit for other populations and [...]
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Benefits of Pet Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Girl hugging her dog using pet therapy in eating disorder treatment While conventional wisdom has long supported animal companions as promoting human wellbeing, only recently has science investigated the therapeutic effect pets have in alleviating mental and medical difficulties. [1, 3] But, what are the advantages of pet therapy in eating disorder treatment? The most widely researched animals appear to be dogs, horses, cats, and aquatic [...]
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Trauma and Eating Disorders

Woman Struggling with Discovering the Body What is Trauma? When we think of what constitutes trauma, we often think of single events where we feel like our life or wellbeing is significantly threatened. However, what is “traumatic” to any given individual is best understood in light of the “three E’s,” Event, Experience, and Effects, an important point made by the Substance Abuse [...]
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Diabetes & Eating Disorders: A Review

Asian American Woman struggling with Eating Disorders and Diabetes Our bodies and life experiences do not exist in a vacuum. As such, it is not uncommon for numerous mental and physical diagnoses to challenge one individual. Research continues to grow regarding the co-occurrence of diabetes and eating disorders, showing that the two seem to be interrelated in some way. Diabetes and Eating Disorders One theory regarding [...]
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Eating Disorders During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Pregnant woman concerned about ED Recovery and Motherhood Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center A woman’s body undergoes a variety of changes during pregnancy, and many of these fluctuations are difficult for women to adjust to. This is especially the case for body weight, an area that is perhaps the most affected by pregnancy. Individuals living with an eating disorder may [...]
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