Category: Trauma

The Dietitian’s Role in Treating Trauma in Eating Disorders

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Contributor: Kourtney Vandenburgh, RD at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center Trauma has been linked to numerous negative health behaviors, including disordered eating and eating disorders. Trauma can include interpersonal violence such as bullying, domestic violence, social violence (wars and terrorism), natural disasters (earthquakes, fires), and chronic social stressors (poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia) [1]. In this [...]
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Connecting Trauma to Disordered Eating

Woman battling self-harm Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center People’s relationships with food can be complicated, and, for some, the urge to engage in disordered eating behaviors may be rooted in past traumas they have experienced. Understanding the connection between eating disorders and trauma can be critical in getting to the core of a person’s struggles [...]
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Trauma and Eating Disorders

Woman Struggling with Discovering the Body What is Trauma? When we think of what constitutes trauma, we often think of single events where we feel like our life or wellbeing is significantly threatened. However, what is “traumatic” to any given individual is best understood in light of the “three E’s,” Event, Experience, and Effects, an important point made by the Substance Abuse [...]
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My Abusive Eating Disorder

Quiet woman with an Abusive Eating Disorder Voice Contributor: Timberline Knolls Team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center “The voice claims me. I see therapists. These people challenge the voice, the thoughts. My intellect begins to understand the illusion. But, the moment I begin to sense the almighty damage I am doing to myself . . . the voice becomes angry. It warns [...]
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Healing from Sexual Trauma and Eating Disorders

Woman dealing with eating disorder recovery and shame Contributor: By Rachael Clauson, MAAT, Eating Disorder Specialist, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Healing from an eating disorder is a complex journey that is rarely linear and predictable. Overcoming an eating disorder involves the healing of the mind, body, and spirit. And for someone who has experienced sexual trauma, healing adds another layer of complexity in [...]
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Recognizing Eating Disorders in Veterans with PTSD

Woman veteran playing with little girl Eating disorders are serious diseases that affect both body and mind. An eating disorder can be anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. Regardless of the eating disorder individuals will often feel shame, guilt, embarrassment about their disorder and keep it as secretive as possible. A VA-funded study that looked at female veterans of [...]
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Eating Disorders and Trauma: Stories of Survival

Woman struggling with trauma The relationship between trauma and eating disorders has been studied a great deal, and both are found to have a strong correlation to one another. In fact, the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey-Replication Study found that “virtually all women and men with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder reported a history of at least one [...]
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