Author Archives: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

About Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Jacquelyn Ekern founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005, driven by a profound desire to help those struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. This passion resulted from her battle with, and recovery from, an eating disorder. As president, Jacquelyn manages Ekern Enterprises, Inc. and the Eating Disorder Hope website.

Postpartum Depression and Binge Eating Disorder

Mother and baby Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Many new mothers commonly experience postpartum depression, which is a type of mood disorder that can develop after delivering a baby. This can be an especially complex time, as a woman is learning the delicate balance of caring for a newborn, [...]
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Binge Eating Disorder and Gluten Free Diets

Children binge eating and working to overcome Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Choosing to go “gluten-free” may seem like all the rage these days, and following a gluten free lifestyle has become more of a diet fad than a therapeutic intervention. Unfortunately, this has led to many misconceptions about what it means to [...]
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Poverty Circumstance and Social Condition on Nutrition and Consumption

Knife and Fork and no plate A common misconception about eating disorders is that these are diseases of “vanity”, or that individuals willingly chose to have a disorder as a means of having an ideal body or fitting into a certain jean size. Eating disorders are hardly thought of in circumstances where food is scarce or where poverty is the predominantly concerning [...]
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Discrimination: Triggers for Eating Disorders

If you have suffered any form of discrimination, you have likely endured painful circumstances that have resulted in some form of trauma, emotional hurt, or even abuse. For individuals who may be predisposed to developing an eating disorder, falling victim to discrimination can be an environmental trigger that inflames the progression of this deadly mental [...]
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