Category: Causes of Eating Disorders

How Has Facebook Impacted Eating Disorders?

Scrolling Facebook The advent of social media has had conflicting impacts on our culture and society. While it provides us a greater opportunity for connection and socialization across far distances, we are also more inundated with the lives of others outside of our own sphere than humanity has ever been before. This aspect of social media has [...]
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How Instagram Causes Eating Disorders

Social Media Icons There is never just one thing that causes an eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex mental health diagnoses that often manifest as a result of a combination of environmental and emotional factors. However, poor body image is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder [1]. Social media is known to influence body image [2]. [...]
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Which Population is Most Likely to Have an Eating Disorder?

Diverse Population Eating disorders impact people regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Even though eating disorders impact people from all populations, there are certain groups of people who are more at risk for developing an eating disorder. This post will discuss some of the groups who are more likely to have an [...]
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Dismantling Diet Culture in a Pivot Towards Mindful Eating

Mindful Veggies Contributed by: Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, CEDS at Lindner Center of HOPE Americans are pummeled with the importance of fighting obesity.  Individuals that are in larger bodies are pressured by our society, including the medical community, to lose weight to improve their health.  However, data indicates that weight loss is notoriously ineffective, with 95% of those [...]
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When is an Eating Disorder Likely to Develop?

View for eating disorders Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness [1]. It’s helpful to understand when an eating disorder is most likely to develop because it’s an important risk factor to be aware of. This post will go over when someone is most likely to develop an eating [...]
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How Post-Pandemic Trauma Is Affecting Eating Disorder Recovery

Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson The COVID-19 pandemic was a form of trauma for people around the world. With so much death, uncertainty and stress, a major spike in mental health condition symptoms, including those of eating disorders, occurred. Calls to the National Eating Disorders Association were up 70%-80% during the pandemic’s peak [1]. Although we’re entering a [...]
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How Body Editing Apps Can Lead to Eating Disorders

Social Media and Youth Social media has increased the focus on body shape and size. Some people use body editing applications that edit their photos so that they are closer to what they think they should look like. Research is showing that apps like this may actually be leading to the development of eating disorders. Social Media & Body [...]
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Post Election Burn Out & Eating Disorder Recovery

Hispanic Woman in Business Meeting Room The 2020 election was one of the most hostile and divisive elections in American history. While the election was stressful for society as a whole, there are certain populations, primarily minorities, that were likely impacted more by the election. While it may seem that societal issues wouldn’t influence eating disorder behaviors, this certainly isn’t true. [...]
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Election Depression & Anxiety Can Fuel Eating Disorders

Coping with the election in recovery If the 2020 elections have left you feeling anxious and depressed, you’re not alone. Seventy-six percent of Democrats, 67 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of Independents say the 2020 presidential election is a “significant source of stress” in their lives, according to the American Psychological Association [1]. So no matter your political beliefs or [...]
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Diet Culture, Eating Disorder Recovery, and Health at Every Size®

Lady Dancing without shame or worry Eating disorders evolve out of complex, interacting biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. One consistent barrier to full recovery from an eating disorder is the existing sociocultural obsession with thinness, fear of fatness, and diets. Our society is inundated with messages that are filled with weight stigma and influenced by diet culture — a system of [...]
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