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Category: Eating Disorder Treatment

College and Eating Disorders: When Life is Just Too Much

There are certain pivotal times in a young girl’s life. The advent of puberty is probably the most physically significant. And, transitioning from middle to high school tends to be the greatest social challenge. Although there are often bumps along the road, most girls arrive at the first major destination in their lives—high school graduation—intact, … Read More

Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a … Read More

Pediatricians: The New Anti-bullies in the War On Weight

  It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family. But sometimes, making fun … Read More

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

  Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is … Read More

ARFID: A Growing Threat to Young People

Throughout the United States, those in the medical and behavioral health fields are very familiar with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Due to extensive media coverage in the past several years, the public at large is also fairly knowledgeable about these food-related disorders. Recently, an eating disorder getting more attention is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake … Read More

Cautionary Note for Young Female Athletes

Many decades ago, organized sports were synonymous with males; athletics were mostly made up of boys, not girls. Today, teen girls participating in sports is becoming more common.  On so many levels—physical and emotional health, positive self-esteem and body image, improved brain function – this is a positive trend. Every moment a young girl is … Read More

Family Therapy and Eating Disorders

Families are systems that shape us, motivate us, but also leave us vulnerable with wounds and expectations.  Families with a member that has an eating disorder have often been characterized as enmeshed, overprotective, overly rigid, or as having a strong tendency to avoid conflict with a lack of conflict resolution. These families create poor boundaries … Read More