Category: Support

COVID-19 Quarantine & Eating Disorders – A Dangerous Combination

Woman with body image Of the impact of COVID-19, Deputy-Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed has stated, “we are facing a human crisis unlike any we have experienced…(our) social fabric and cohesion is under stress [1].” This continues to be true, as the devastating impacts of COVID-19 rage through the population and quarantine measures once again go into [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part III

Girl in India Eating disorders are complex conditions because they are medical and mental health issues. Their complexity makes them more complicated to treat. Finding effective treatment methods for these complex conditions is extra complicated because researchers are not entirely sure what causes disordered eating [1]. It is hard to create effective treatment methods when professionals are not [...]
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Bulimia Struggles During a Pandemic

Woman thinking about anorexia treatment The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated ED behaviors and triggered relapses for many people with eating disorders like bulimia. A recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with bulimia reported more binge eating urges and episodes [1]. Participants in the study also [...]
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Continuing Care for Anorexia from Childhood to Adulthood

Overweight Woman Sitting Near Window - 3363609_1920 Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a fear of gaining weight [1]. This fear leads to disordered behaviors to lose weight, such as severe food restriction or obsessive exercise. These behaviors result in individuals becoming significantly underweight. Anorexia is a severe, potentially deadly mental illness due to potential medical complications that result from [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part II

Woman in hat struggling with an Eating Disorder Despite the increasing number of people diagnosed with eating disorders, eating disorders remain widely misunderstood amongst researchers, treatment professionals, and society [1]. One of the largest questions that remains unanswered relates to the cause of eating disorder. While it is unknown what exactly causes eating disorders, there are hypotheses. Research shows that the cause of [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part I

Man from Singapore struggling with body image The prevalence of eating disorders continues to increase [1]. These disorders can be deadly and negatively impact medical and mental health [1]. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals with disordered eating do not seek treatment [1]. Despite the increased amount of people struggling with eating disorders, research and treatment approaches have not progressed [1]. This is [...]
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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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The Importance of Nurse-Engendered Interventions to Promote Hope in Patients with Eating Disorders

Contributor: Lisa M. Sabo, BSN, RN, PMHN-BC and Anna Lybarger, BSN, RN, PMHN-BC at Princeton Center for Eating Disorders Often, individuals with eating disorders come to treatment not ready for progress – and in some cases, even feeling like they don’t deserve to recover. The eating disorder may be perceived as the only tangible thing [...]
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Integrating Spirituality and Religion into Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman worshipping and enjoying her religion Contributor: Nikki Rollo, Ph.D., LMFT, CEDS-S – National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center Integrating spirituality in eating disorder recovery is an essential part of any treatment model that takes a whole-person approach. Considering the totality of who you are is vital to establishing a good foundation for moving from disorder to wellness. Research shows [...]
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