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.

Relapse and Eating Disorders

Woman looking over city Contributor: Chris Harris Ph.D., LPC, MHSP – Director of Eating Disorder Programs, Focus Treatment Centers Seeking care for an eating disorder can be a difficult process. One of the questions to ask is how common is relapse and what can be done to diminish the likelihood of it occurring? Relapse for an eating disorder also [...]
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Finding Balance During Mood, Anxiety & Eating Disorder Treatment

Nature Lone Tree in Field Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson It can be hard enough to struggle with an eating disorder. But when you’re suffering from multiple conditions at the same time, you’re dealing with the symptoms of each disorder, and that can be an overwhelming and intense experience. For many people who have an eating disorder, mental illnesses such as [...]
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How College Coaches Can Support an Athlete Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Girl's College Volleyball Team The pressure and competitiveness of college sports make athletes that play them susceptible to eating disorders, particularly if they believe it will serve their athletic performance. The National Collegiate Athlete Association (NCAA) reported in a survey that “70% of responding institutions reported at least one case of an eating disorder, with 90% of those cases occurring [...]
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Mindfulness and Self Inquiry to Reduce Eating Disordered Thoughts and Behaviors

Woman sitting in desert struggling with Bulimia Nervosa Mindfulness and Self Inquiry Article Contributed By: Laurie Little, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist of Lindner Center of HOPE Many individuals with eating disorders struggle with perfectionism and have high needs to control their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and environment. Underlying feelings of shame and powerlessness often lead to a coping strategy that tries to regain a sense [...]
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Atypical Anorexia and Body Weight

African American Black Woman in Blue Shirt with Arms Crossed Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center The term anorexia still comes with a lot of stigmas. Many assume that those who are suffering from anorexia will be extremely thin and underweight. Although being underweight is an important diagnostic feature of anorexia nervosa, it isn’t necessarily present in every case. The absence of being [...]
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Eating Disorders and the LGBTQIA+ Community

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light Contributor: Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS, Founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center The eating disorders treatment community has a lot to learn about assessment, etiology, and treatment of those who identify LGBTQIA+. Most everyone wants to be an ally in the treatment community, but few know how to effectively do so. [...]
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The Role of Fear and Disgust in Eating Disorders

Young girl struggling with Emotional Avoidance Sponsored By: The Refuge – A Healing Place There have been multiple studies on the link between emotions like fear and disgust and their impact on eating disorders. Strong emotions like these can trigger eating disorder behaviors, so properly identifying and addressing fear and disgust can be an important part of eating disorder treatment. How [...]
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5 Important Self-Compassion Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dock in a lake Eating disorder recovery can be a difficult process. Recovery often involves learning new ways to approach your relationship with food. This is often really hard because of the beliefs and emotions that are wrapped up in food. People with eating disorders often experience distressing feelings, like anxiety or guilt, when they start making recovery-oriented choices. [...]
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Communication Tips for Stressful Discussions

Certain conversations can be stressful. This can be a barrier to having important discussions or can make it harder to communicate in a way that is authentic and healthy. Some eating disorder professionals say that learning communication skills can be a really important part of recovery [1]. This is because some people turn to their eating [...]
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