Tag Archives: International

Surviving an Eating Disorder Where Food is Scarce

Woman struggling with clean eating A common misconception about an eating disorder and surviving an eating disorder is that it is about food. Certainly, one’s ED experience will affect their relationship with food, but it is rarely the food itself that is the issue. EDs often exist due to a combination of biological, psychological, and sociological factors. While it is [...]
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Traveling Internationally While Supporting ED Recovery

Lady Traveling Abroad J. R. R. Tolkien is quoted as having said, “Not all those who wander are lost.” While this is true, “wandering” can be a wonderful way for a “lost” person to become found. Traveling while maintaining eating disorder recovery is something that must be thought out before doing. There are no guarantees that triggers will [...]
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Finding an Eating Disorder Specialist in a Foreign Country

Woman in the sunset enjoying exercise Being in a positive and supportive environment is key to maintaining stability throughout the changing waves of eating disorder recovery. But life is not always stable. We move and travel for school, work, family, friends, and ourselves. Travel can be incredibly restorative for the mind and soul. Finding yourself lost in a foreign culture sometimes [...]
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Volunteering and International Eating Disorder Studies

Colored Hands Volunteering Eating disorder research is crucial in furthering the understanding of these severe psychiatric illnesses, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Researchers and scientists across the globe are working tirelessly to study the many complex components involved with eating disorders, thereby creating more effective treatments and an overall greater understanding of these mental [...]
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Preparing to Study Abroad While in Eating Disorder Recovery

Man on a boat contemplating exposure-based therapy for eating disorders Having the chance to study abroad while in college is the opportunity of a lifetime for many students. Typically, a university or college campus will offer study-abroad programs with partnering schools in different countries around the world, giving a student the chance to learn in a new culture for college credits. Surveys of college students [...]
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Overview of International Research on Eating Disorders

Woman taking a break from international research Many large-scale international research studies on eating disorders focus on genetics and identify how metabolic factors increase the risk for eating disorders. International Research on the Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa Through a 2017 landmark study led by UNC School of Medicine and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), researchers have identified the first genetic location for [...]
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Seeking Eating Disorder Treatment Internationally

Woman struggling with Structure in Eating Disorder Recovery Patients Beyond Borders, an organization that works to connect individuals to quality healthcare and also publishes a medical-tourism guidebook, reported in 2007 that “patients spend between $3,800 and $6,000 per cross-border medical visit, including treatment costs, transportation, and accommodations [1].” Medications within the United States are much higher than this for many individuals. Research from [...]
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How to Finance Eating Disorder Treatment Out-of-Country

Woman seeking eating disorder treatment internationally Some insurance programs can make it challenging for families to get coverage, but there are steps you can take to make the pre-approval process easier when seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder out-of-country. First, make sure you understand your policy. Insurance can be difficult to read, but contacting your carrier’s representative can [...]
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Getting ED Treatment When It’s Not Available in Your Country

Woman struggling with depression There are various ways to get health coverage overseas for the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. First, know your options on how to plan for health coverage while visiting for an extended time or as part of an exchange program. If you require ongoing medication and eating disorder treatment while [...]
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Working in Third World Countries as an Eating Disorder Survivor

Woman struggling with bulimia looking at lake Overcoming an eating disorder is an amazing feat. Recovery is absolutely possible, but challenging life situations can also be challenging to our recovery status. Job and relationship stresses, new environments, and moving are all situations where we may be tempted to return to using our disorder as a coping mechanism. For someone who moves to [...]
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