Category: Body Image

Weight Stigma, COVID-19, & Disordered Eating

Woman standing by river with Body Dysmorphic Disorder Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Recent research from the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity shows that young adults who experienced weight stigma prior to the pandemic have displayed higher levels of depressive symptoms, stress, and eating to cope. They are also three times more likely to binge [...]
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The Power of the “Self” in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman working at reducing Weight Stigma in ED treatment Contributor: Brittney Williams, LPC/MHSP at Fairhaven Treatment Center The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is a beneficial therapeutic model for clients, specifically those who suffer from eating disorders. For the purpose of this blog, the area of focus will be exploring the IFS concept of the “Self” in the internal system and how experiencing healing [...]
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Eating Disorder Impacts a Duck Dynasty Star

Fall path Negative body image is known to negatively impact self-esteem, mood, and relationships [1]. For some people, negative body image can lead to developing an eating disorder. Sadie Robertson’s Experience with Eating Disorder This was the case for Sadie Robertson, a Duck Dynasty star [2]. Robertson shared about how the body shaming she received as a [...]
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Is Video-Chatting Amidst COVID-19 Decreasing Self-Image?

Eating Disorder Recovery Apps can help support someone's therapy Amidst the whirlwind of changes that have become our “new normal” since the COVID-19 outbreak, the increase in video-chatting is one of the biggest changes worldwide. In mid-March 2020, Google searches for the term “video chat” spiked worldwide, and searches for terms such as “games to play over video chat” increased +700% [1]. Now, more [...]
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Trauma Eased by Self-Compassion

Guy fighting Dieting and Eating Disorders Trauma is sometimes classified as one of 3 different categories – acute, chronic, and complex. Regardless of which category it falls under, trauma undeniably impacts how one functions in their daily life, from relationships to jobs to identity. 70% of adults in the United States have experienced some type of trauma in their lifetime [1]. [...]
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Choosing Clothes After Weight Restoration from Anorexia Nervosa

Shopping for a Wardrobe It is the moment that many in anorexia nervosa treatment and recovery fear – the moment when weight restoration has been achieved and, therefore, new clothes are needed. Choosing clothing for your weight-restored body will undoubtedly be challenging; however, it can be another aspect that inspires your new beginning. Building a Recovery-Focused Wardrobe In recovery, [...]
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Lady Gaga’s Battle with an Eating Disorder—Just Bulimia?

Woman's hand on the fence Even though it seems like we know so much about celebrities, public information is only one piece of the puzzle. This makes it impossible to understand the full story. However, we can gain a more realistic picture if the individual chooses to share their life’s intimate details. One celebrity who has demonstrated authentic vulnerability about [...]
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Body Image and Self-Compassion

Woman working on Long-Lasting Recovery from Anorexia Consider how you speak to and about your body. What messages do you speak, think, or internalize the most? These thoughts can affect your body image with self-compassion helping it. Now, consider this definition of self-compassion: “self-compassion entails being moved by one’s own suffering and treating oneself in a caring and empathetic way—just as one [...]
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