Holistic Health & Weight Management

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Eating Disorder Hope is pleased to share a segment of our online community dedicated to Holistic Health and Weight Management. This portion of our site provides quality information, resources, treatment referrals and fosters a sense of community around this important issue.

We Provide Support For All Types of Eating Disorders

Over the years, we have received many requests for help from individuals suffering from morbid obesity, compulsive overeating and unhealthy lifetime weight fluctuations.

This has caused us to conclude that this issue is another important component of the spectrum of disordered eating.

We are concerned that many individuals are desperate for help, and often turn to unhealthy measures to try to deal with these challenges. Some of the ways individuals struggling with overeating and weight try to address their problem include:

  • Short term diets
  • Extreme exercise routines
  • Overly restrictive eating plans
  • Fasting
  • Cleanses

However, they often end up only increasing their obsession with food and weight while simultaneously slowing down their metabolism.

Chronic dieting has been shown to result in a myriad of physical, emotional, and psychological consequences, including increased risk of eating disorders, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and shame, and unhealthy obsession with food and body. Research has found that at least one-third to two-thirds of people who diet regain more weight than was lost within four to five years, with their end weight often significantly higher than before they dieted [1].

At Eating Disorder Hope, we realize that disordered eating is fueled by multiple contributing factors such as:

  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Environmental factors
  • More…

For most, moderate and balanced diet and exercise alone, are not enough to combat the many issues contributing to disordered eating. These individuals need psychological, physiological, and spiritual support to make sustaining life changes.

Connecting Individuals to the Right Organizations for Holistic Health

We support organizations trying to reach out to this group and inspire in them a desire to live a fuller life where they are no longer a victim of their disordered eating habits and weight challenges.

We support organizations that encourage self-acceptance, body acceptance and body image enhancement while also encouraging a healthy lifestyle of balanced and nutritious diet with enjoyable and moderate exercise.

We also support those organizations that encourage counseling and support groups to help individuals find insight and encouragement to forge new ways of coping with life that are healthier and replace prior patterns of overeating and stationary lifestyle.

Finding Worth and Value as a Person

Woman on dock thinking about Holistic HealthAs always, we want to continue to encourage all individuals to find their worth and value in their unique gifts, talents and identity, separate from their weight or appearance. Yet, we also want to encourage individuals to pursue health and vitality, and to not settle into unhealthy eating and exercise patterns that can steal years from their lives.  Learning to make peace with food and body is possible and can be the key to truly thriving in life.

We believe that health can truly be lived at any size and that weight is not a determining factor of a person’s worth, abilities, or potential.  

We also believe that psychological, physical and spiritual health are truly interconnected, and that disordered eating and weight concerns are best addressed holistically.


Jacquelyn EkernAbout the author: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005, driven by a profound desire to help those struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. This passion resulted from her battle with, and recovery from, an eating disorder. As president, Jacquelyn manages Ekern Enterprises, Inc. and the Eating Disorder Hope website. In addition, she is a fully licensed therapist with a closed private counseling practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.

Jacquelyn has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from The University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology, from Capella University. She has extensive experience in the eating disorder field including advanced education in psychology, participation and contributions to additional eating disorder groups, symposiums, and professional associations. She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).

Jacquelyn enjoys art, working out, walking her golden retriever “Cowgirl”, reading, painting and time with family.
Although Eating Disorder Hope was founded by Jacquelyn Ekern, this organization would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors.


References:

[1]: National Eating Disorder Collaboration, “Disordered Eating and Dieting”, http://www.nedc.com.au/disordered-eating Accessed 19 June 2017


The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Published on July 24, 2017
Updated By: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC
Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on July 24, 2017
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com

About Baxter Ekern

Baxter is the Vice President of Ekern Enterprises, Inc. He is responsible for the operations of Eating Disorder Hope and ensuring that the website is functioning smoothly.