Contributor: Center for Hope of the Sierras Team at Center for Hope of the Sierras In an era where teens are constantly bombarded with images of what they should look like and how they should portray themselves on social media, it’s natural to worry about them developing an eating disorder. According to the National Institute [...] Read More
Body distress or somatic integration often occurs when a person is under an extreme amount of stress and/or experiences trauma. Somatic awareness is when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and uses sensations to identify the psychological, physiological and social factors to promote healing and self-regulation . What is Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness [...] Read More
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
A positive body image consists of several various factors. A person with positive body image has a sense of acceptance, respect, and control of their body. Overall, a healthy body image is the ability to recognize and accept one’s body shape and size. Unfortunately, a person’s belief about their appearance and how they feel about their body, [...] Read More
Working with a therapist can help reduce eating disorder behaviors and symptoms, and get you moving toward recovery. One way therapists work on reducing symptoms is through Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). What It Is ACT helps individuals to reduce eating disordered thoughts, feelings, and symptoms. The focus is typically on what the person can control, [...] Read More
The term “high-achieving” may seem self-explanatory, but there are a few behaviors and traits that stand out as high-achieving. Individuals that have high-achieving personalities, first and foremost, have a strong desire to accomplish their goals. They are adept at combining these desires with their motivation, resources, and abilities to ensure that the goals are met. [...] Read More
Knowing how to tell your family about your eating disorder can be daunting. Often you may be unsure of how they will react, or even how you will react or respond. Each family is different, but there are ways that you can talk to your family and explain your struggles to them. First, Prepare The [...] Read More
The link between eating disorders and perfectionism has been studied extensively, with most researchers and clinicians maintaining that one of the common central features of all EDs involves the desire for physical or emotional perfection, or both . Most of this research supports the relationship between perfectionism and anorexia and bulimia nervosa (AN and BN). [...] Read More
Religions around the world engage in fasting or restriction of foods as part of their practices. Some are daily, monthly, or around holidays. Some of the most known religions to use fasting practices are the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Christian season of Lent, and the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur . There [...] Read More
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