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 [...] Read More
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 . Our relationship with food is complicated. We describe some foods as comforting or comfort food and others as a form of self-medication . [...] Read More
Relationships – ”can’t live with ‘em and can’t live without ‘em.” We find our deepest joy and fulfillment often in connecting meaningfully with others. Yet, the same folks we bond deeply with and find happiness in their presence, also can cause us pain and suffering. What to do? Here are some ideas to consider to [...] Read More
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.  Risk factors Research suggests that LGBTQ+ identified people face unique stressors and challenges that likely put them at risk [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
Contributor: Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD – Founder of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians This week for the first time, a dollar amount was assigned to the economic burden of inadequate treatment of eating disorders in the US. That cost is in the billions. A significant portion of the cost is accounted for [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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) . In this [...] Read More
At least 30 million individuals in the United States struggle with some form of disordered eating habit . Yet, many of them feel alone. It doesn’t seem to add up that so many people are challenged by how they view themselves, their bodies, exercise, food, and self-worth, yet many suffer in isolation. A big part [...] Read More
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