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How to Support Students with Eating Disorders as They Return to In-School Learning

Elementary School Classroom Contributor: Lauren Seicke, LGPC, at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt As children and adolescents begin a new school year, it is normal to feel the “back-to-school jitters.” And this year, the normal anxiety that accompanies the beginning of a new season may be exacerbated by the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. For [...]
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Trouble Shifting Thinking Can Contribute to Shame & Disordered Eating

Shame and Embarassed Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Shame is one key risk factor for body image concerns and eating disorder symptoms. When someone experiences shame, they may feel inadequate and fear that others think of them negatively. While everyone feels shame at times, difficulty shifting thinking away from shame and negative thoughts about the body can contribute to [...]
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The Importance of Treating Co-Occurring Disorders and Eating Disorders

Sunflower in the Woods Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson Eating disorders and other mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders, commonly occur together. When another mental health disorder exists at the same time as an eating disorder, they’re referred to as co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders can worsen the symptoms of eating disorders and vice versa, making [...]
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Circadian System and Disordered Eating

Birds being Released Contributed by: Lindner Center of HOPE Circadian system (CS) refers to a complex biological system that regulates our sleep–wake cycle. The term is derived from Latin, and means “around” (circa) the “day” ( diēm), or “around the clock”. The CS has a rhythm that repeats roughly every 24 hours and is a phenomenon observed widely in nature, from [...]
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Comparing Online to In-Person Counseling for Eating Disorder Treatment

African American Black Woman in LV Hat Blue Tank Top More people than ever are receiving mental health services online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, some facilities are beginning to reopen while giving clients the option of returning to in-person services or continuing virtually. Below are some aspects to consider if you are seeking out eating disorder treatment and are unsure whether to do [...]
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Pediatric Eating Disorders

Girl laying grass with flowers It is common for eating disorders to begin in the teen years, but research shows that more and more younger teens and children are struggling with disordered eating [1]. Pediatric eating disorders have increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis [2]. This is really concerning because eating disorders can cause serious medical problems [...]
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Developing Awareness of the Unique Nutritional Needs of Adolescents Dealing with Restrictive Eating

Young girl alone in park, face close up. There are a great deal of unique factors involved in the treatment of adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and other restrictive eating disorders. Individuals that struggle with these disorders restrict their nutrients by severely limiting the food and fluids they take in. For adolescents, this can cause great harm, as they are experiencing formative mental and [...]
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Eating Disorders and Oral Health

girl overcoming Eating Disorders and Oral Health While the behaviors of different Eating Disorders are all different, they each can have a negative effect on the individual’s oral health. Oral health is impacted by one’s diet, self-care, and environmental impact. Unfortunately, the behaviors of Eating Disorders (whether it be restriction, purging, or bingeing) do not contribute well to oral health and can [...]
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