Category: Nutrition

They are Always Watching: Empowering Parents to Break the Cycle of Body and Food Negativity

Family Sitting On Curb Contributed By: Sarah Lavanier, PsyD, CEDS, Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Services of Lindner Center of HOPE Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding jobs there is, and it also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility for body and food negativity. The idea of being a parent can be exciting, yet [...]
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Why Understanding Health at Every Size® Improves Body Image

African American Mother Kissing Her Daughter The Health At Every Size® (HAES) approach is a continuously evolving alternative to health’s conventional weight-centered approach. The conventional weight-centered approach to health emphasizes measures like weight and BMI as essential health indicators. This conventional model of health often purports weight loss, weight control, or weight management as an effective way to improve or sustain [...]
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Childhood Food Neglect and Eating Disorder Risk

Two Children holding hands on a brick path Too many children in the world experience restricted food access or “Childhood Food Neglect”. That is, they do not have access to fresh, affordable, culturally appropriate healthy food that they can get in a dignified way (1). Devastatingly, more than 11 million children in America live in “food insecure” homes, a number which is projected [...]
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Do Individual Differences in Gut Microbiota Impact Eating Disorders?

Asian American Woman or Girl Reading a Book Eating disorders are often talked about from a social and psychological perspective, but they are also considered biological disorders. In fact, many biological factors, such as gut microbiota, can contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Most recently, researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Finland, Latvia, and Estonia have examined the role that [...]
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How Nutritionists Help Us Recover From Disordered Eating

African American Black Woman in Blue Sweater Disordered eating is a widespread (and often untreated) problem in our culture. In fact, research shows that approximately 50 percent of the US population demonstrates disordered eating [1]. But with a constant bombardment of weight-loss messages and misinformed nutrition advice, it can be hard for those struggling with disordered eating to restore a healthy and [...]
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How Nutritionists and Therapists Collaborate to Support Eating Disorder Recovery

Lady in field experiencing feelings in eating disorder recovery We all have, within us, the power to combat the challenges that come our way. Even so, doing this is a lot easier with the support of others behind us. In eating disorder recovery, that support comes in many forms. It comes from doctors to therapists to nutritionists to family to friends and others in recovery. Research [...]
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Understanding of Nutrition for Eating Disorder Recovery on a Global Level

Landscape of Kenya The basic understanding of nutrition can be interpreted in many different ways across the globe, depending on where you may be. For developing countries where food may be scare, nutrition may simply mean receiving adequate food and calories throughout the day from any available food sources. In many developed and Westernized countries, the concept of [...]
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Is Restricting Sugar or Fat Effective For Food Addiction?

Brain and Eating Disorders Young Woman Eating A Salad There is much debate among health care professionals on the topic of treatment for food addiction. Characterized by the inability to stop eating certain foods, a food addiction is a disease which is influenced by both biological and environmental causes. Research has demonstrated the biochemical factors involved in the process of someone becoming addicted to [...]
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Orthorexia: Dangers of the ‘Disorder Disguised as Virtue’

Woman struggling with eating disorder It may feel as if orthorexia is a new disease based on the recent insurgence of messages emphasizing “good” and “clean eating.” However, orthorexia has been around since 1997, when the term was coined to describe “individuals with an obsession for proper nutrition [and] who pursue this obsession through a restrictive diet, a focus on [...]
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