Contributor: Heather MacLaren, LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA, ICDVP is a Dance/Movement Therapist and Trauma Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. For many individuals who may struggle with an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and/or binge eating disorder, there can be a negative and harmful relationship with exercise involved. Generally, training in our culture is [...] Read More
Recently, fitness tracking watches have become part of the debate as to whether technology is helping or hurting people’s relationships with themselves, their bodies, and food. These devices track and record user’s “daily physical activity, which includes…calories burned, heart rate, and steps taken .” Manufacturing and usage of these trackers are based on “research indicating [...] Read More
Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation “Eating disorders are not only about food and weight.” This is a truth repeated over and over by families battling eating disorders, as they try to help those who have never suffered to understand that the illness [...] Read More
The practice of yoga, which is based in ancient Eastern teachings, has grown in popularity over the past few decades within Westernized societies. Yoga incorporates the movement of physical postures, or asanas, with the breath of mindfulness and meditation. Yoga offers new methods of treatment to those struggling with an eating disorder as a mind–body [...] Read More
There is often a misconception when it comes to exercise and being “fit” that athletic type of individuals must have a certain body type. In addition, there is often fat-shaming, judgement, and disregard for individuals who may not fit the athletic build type yet still enjoy participating in sports or other athletic activities. This is [...] Read More
Exercise in eating disorder recovery can often be a tricky thing to maneuver around for several reasons, the primary issue being that exercise is often “misused” as part of a negative eating disorder behavior. On the outside, a person who is exercising intensely might be praised or positively reinforced for their “healthy” regiment and for [...] Read More
Eating disorders are complex psychiatric illnesses that involve a combination of biological, psychosocial and environmental factors. Because the underlying factors of eating disorders are similar to those that influence other mental illnesses, it is not uncommon for co-occurring disorders to occur. Co-occurring disorders involve two or more mental illnesses that develop alongside each other. Among [...] Read More
Eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in eating or eating related behaviors that clinically impairs physical health and/or psychosocial functioning. The categories of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (AN) which is characterized by persistent calorie restriction, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and a disturbance in perceived body size and shape. Bulimia Nervosa [...] Read More
Practicing yoga can elicit a variety of emotions for someone struggling with an eating disorder. There might be a desire to engage in yoga as a form of compensatory exercise. Being in vulnerable positions might be triggering to survivors of trauma. For others, there might be an inability to be still and connect with their [...] Read More
One of the most common details a bride will focus on in preparation for her upcoming wedding is her own appearance, including everything from her hair, makeup, dress, and more. With the hyperfocus that is often placed on body image during the wedding season, many brides might find themselves taking extreme measures to fit into [...] Read More
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