Developing Healthy Body Confidence Among Adolescent Girls

African American Black Woman in Blue Sweater Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Negative body image or poor body confidence can put adolescent girls at risk for numerous negative outcomes, including the development of eating disorders, depression, and other mental or behavioral health concerns. According to a 2018 study in the Journal of Eating Disorders, body dissatisfaction is “one of [...]
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Disordered Exercise, Eating Disorders and Sports Therapy

Female athlete stretching Disordered exercise is one possible symptom of an eating disorder. This symptom is most common in individuals with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. While exercise is beneficial for mental and physical health, abuse of exercise can be physically and emotionally damaging [1]. Some signs of disordered exercise include compulsive exercise (exercising even if sick or [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa: 2020 Research on Long Term Outcomes, Growth Retardation, and Other Medical Consequences

Girl thinking about Spirituality Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and others, have increased in prevalence over the past 25 years. While experts have discussed changes in ideal body image, manufactured foods, and obesity as root causes, these remain puzzling diseases of unknown, but complex bio-psycho-social etiology. Research has made amazing [...]
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Emotional Difficulties in Eating Disorders and Recognizing and Processing Them

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park It is a very human trait to believe that we are in complete control of our thoughts and behaviors. In reality, a situation will occur that results in an automatic thought, corresponding emotion, and subsequent behavior. We can gain control over this process. However, when dealing with emotional difficulties in eating disorders, it is an [...]
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Finding Eating Disorder Support When You Live in a Rural Area

Friends are Factors in Anorexia Treatment Living in a rural area has wonderful benefits of community, nature, and a slower pace. Unfortunately, there can also be drawbacks, and one of these is the challenge of receiving specialized treatment for more specific disorders, such as eating disorder support. Current treatment guidelines recommend a multi-faceted approach involving medical doctors, mental health specialists, and [...]
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Harm Reduction, COVID-19, and Eating Disorders

Woman struggling with eating disorder during COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our society and disrupt our everyday lives, individuals struggling with disordered eating beliefs and behaviors report feeling more challenged than ever. The circumstances of COVID-19 have created a perfect storm of triggers for those already fighting for their lives and working toward harm reduction. Grocery shopping, which is [...]
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Reducing Shame in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman thinks about Effective Anorexia Treatment The link between shame and eating disorders Shame is a universal human emotion that has been defined as a painful self-conscious feeling characterized by a sense of being flawed, different, and defective. Shame can be either internal or external. Internal shame is experienced when a person has negative views about oneself (for example, “I think [...]
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