Category: Research

Healthcare Workers Face a Higher Risk of Disordered Eating During the Pandemic

Sponsored By: The Refuge – A Healing Place It’s no secret that healthcare workers have some of the most important occupations. But with that responsibility comes immense pressure, long hours, and stress. These high levels of stress are associated with worsening anxiety and depression, with nearly 400 physicians dying by suicide each year. That’s double [...]
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Diabetes & Eating Disorders in Youth

Woman using Social Media Research shows that individuals (especially young women) with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders (ED) and disordered eating behaviors (DEB) [1]. Unfortunately, co-occurring diabetes and eating disorders in youth can create severe and sometimes irreversible health complications. The Connection Between Diabetes and Eating Disorders in Youth In a [...]
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The Relationship Between Attachment & Eating Disorders

Friends are Factors in Anorexia Treatment The ways in which we forge a connection with others impacts every area of our lives, including our mental health. These attachment patterns can develop throughout any period of the lifespan and are often connected to the many familial, social, professional, and romantic relationships we encounter. In some cases, it can become an attachment disorder, [...]
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Heart Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Woman laying down Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a severe eating disorder affecting 1 to 2.2 percent of young women [1]. Characterized by an intense fear of becoming fat or gaining weight, individuals with anorexia nervosa severely restrict their caloric intake and/or engage in compensatory behaviors (purge vomiting, use of laxatives, over-exercise) to prevent weight gain. Both the restricting [...]
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Grades & Body Weight – Is There a Correlation?

Business Woman Girl in Black and White Stripe Dress Smiling Childhood and adolescence is a turbulent growth-period where, despite the many changes being experienced, kids are expected to engage consistently and successfully in schooling. Daily social, psychological, and physiological changes can make focusing on school and achieving good grades very difficult for these young minds, including body weight. One study considered that “children and adolescents [...]
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Height Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Tween struggling with eating disorder treatment A recent study conducted on more than 250 adolescent females reveals stunted growth may be one of the long-term side effects of anorexia nervosa (AN) [1]. Published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study also sheds light on how height concerns may point to more severe health complications for individuals [...]
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Eating Disorders in LGBTQ+ Individuals

Girl on bench considering ED treatment The stigma and prejudice that LGBTQ+ individuals experience can severely impact their mental health and well-being. This is seen in the unfortunately high rate of LGBTQ+ individuals being diagnosed with mental illness and eating disorder. The Minority Stress Model (MSM) is often referred to when considering the impact of stigma on LGBTQ+ individuals. It posits [...]
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Health Anxiety: The Interplay Between the Mind and Body

African Woman Contributor: Rebecca Brumm, MA, LPC, CEDS-S – Clinical Director at Laureate Eating Disorders Program There is nothing quite like a mysterious new illness, turned pandemic, that can stir up anxiety about our health in even the most tranquil of us. Still, beyond the amplified worries of COVID-19, health anxiety, a continuous preoccupation of the state [...]
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Eating Disorder Assessment (EDA-5)

Doctor discussing Anorexia Research The earlier an eating disorder is diagnosed, the less entrenched the behaviors are and the earlier treatment can be provided. Eating disorder assessments can help identify them. For those that struggle with these dangerous disorders, “the first years of illness appears to offer a critical window for recovery, beyond which outcomes are poorer (1).” This [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa: 2020 Research on Long Term Outcomes, Growth Retardation, and Other Medical Consequences

Girl thinking about Spirituality Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and others, have increased in prevalence over the past 25 years. While experts have discussed changes in ideal body image, manufactured foods, and obesity as root causes, these remain puzzling diseases of unknown, but complex bio-psycho-social etiology. Research has made amazing [...]
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