Every parent is in a constant fight to protect their children, whether it be from playground scrapes to broken hearts. But, as the world changes, so do the dangers that can reach today’s youth. One of those dangers is disordered eating. Approximately 3% of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder . EDs are [...] Read More
Social media has taken over Westernized societies, or so it seems. It can be seen in many areas of a person’s everyday life such as schools, classrooms, the workplace, and even in selfies. Everyone of every age seems to have a smartphone these days with instant 24-hour access to social media platforms. Teenagers especially seem [...] Read More
It is common for children to have growth spurts and increasing appetites How do you know then if your child is engaging in binge eating or has a normal developmental appetite? Binge eating can be defined as when a person turns to food to cope with stressful situations. It is an unhealthy relationship with food and [...] Read More
The voice of your ED wants you to fall even deeper into a hole of self-loathing, guilt, and shame and may constantly tell you that your child’s disorder is your fault. This voice is entirely false. There are NO single causes for eating disorders, and it is not your fault. Don’t waste energy fighting yourself [...] Read More
There are many factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. These are severe psychiatric illnesses that can result in many dangerous consequences if left untreated and without appropriate interventions. Thankfully, there is a greater awareness of eating disorders today, and the increase in [...] Read More
Finding out your teenage son has binge eating disorder (BED) can be overwhelming. It is difficult to know where to start when you are processing that your child needs help. There are several steps you can take to support your son, as well as organizations that are available with resources and treatment. How You Can Start the [...] Read More
The Maudsley Model, otherwise known as family-based treatment, is a therapeutic technique that involves the family in the refeeding and recovery process. This was developed in London by Dr. Daniel Le Grange and Dr. James Lock. Initially, it was solely focused on anorexia nervosa, but they are continuing to expand its practice to other eating [...] Read More
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a type of feeding disorder in which food consumption is limited based on several potential factors, including smell, texture, taste, appearance, or a negative association with the food itself . In the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), diagnostic criteria has been [...] Read More
A 7-year-old states that she is vegetarian because she loves animals, and begins to eat a more restricted diet. A 10-year-old is concerned about starvation in the world and begins to feel guilty about their abundance of food, and slowly begins to eat fewer food choices. An 8-year-old eats less in response to stressful family [...] Read More
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