How Support Groups Assist in Eating Disorder Recovery

Group of People discussing cultural differences in mental health treatment Support groups are an incredible way to create an accessible community for any number of life challenges. The benefits of these groups are undeniable, from the access to information and support they provide to the community they create. Here are just a few benefits of support groups that can help contribute to eating disorder recovery. Accessibility [...]
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Are Foods like Drugs of Abuse: The Science Behind Foods Triggering Binge Eating and Loss of Control

An open book in a library COVID 19 epidemic responses included a stay at home orders, lockdowns, and quarantines. Many people have changed food preferences, abandoned healthy eating, and relapsed into patterns of binge eating and overeating [1]. Our relationship with food is complicated. We describe some foods as comforting or comfort food and others as a form of self-medication [2]. [...]
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Eating Disorders in the LBGTQ+ Community

LGBT parade Eating disorders do not discriminate – they impact many individuals with various intersectional identities, including those with LGBTQ+ identities. In fact, research has indicated that eating disorders disproportionately impact some segments of the LGBTQ+ community. [1] Risk factors Research suggests that LGBTQ+ identified people face unique stressors and challenges that likely put them at risk [...]
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Raising Teens with Healthy Body Image

Group of people ready for the NEDA Come As You Are: Marginalized People Adolescence is an exciting but difficult time for most people, including those who are responsible for raising teens. The teenage years are some of the most important years for physical, social, and psychological growth. Negative body image can impact each of these areas. Body image is someone’s perception, thoughts, or attitude about the way their [...]
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The Power of Sharing Your Bulimia Recovery Story

Nature Barley Field in Sun Light Some people with eating disorders keep their disordered behaviors or recovery journey, such as bulimia recovery, a secret. This makes sense because it is very personal information. Aside from the vulnerability of sharing, this hesitance to share may also point to deeper feelings of shame. Shame researcher Brené Brown says that shame is “an intensely [...]
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Destroying my Demon, an Ongoing Process.

Control, it’s something I never felt like I had. Control was something I thought I would achieve by starting a calorie deficit for weight loss, which turned into anorexia nervosa. The truth is, I never felt more in control than when I began the road to eating disorder recovery. I developed a very unhealthy mindset [...]
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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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