A Journey Through Eating Disorders Support & Recovery

11 Subtle Signs of an Eating Disorder that Are Easy to Miss

A quick online search for “signs of an eating disorder” delivers you countless websites listing warning signs and common symptoms, but these lists aren’t comprehensive. And while many signs of an eating disorder are pretty intuitive and might raise eyebrows on their own—like, say, significant changes in body weight and extreme dieting—many others are less obvious, and often go unnoticed.…
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May 20, 2024
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Embracing Recovery: Facing Eating Disorders over Summer Break

As summer approaches, individuals struggling with eating disorders may experience an increase in anxiety. With summer comes holiday gatherings, a focus on body image and food, and plenty to compare ourselves to on social media. This time of year also coincides with more students seeking eating disorder treatment in their months off from school. This may stem from a variety…
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May 06, 2024
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The Role of Body Positivity in Eating Disorder Treatment & Recovery

Our relationships with our bodies are deeply personal, constantly shifting and evolving throughout our lifetimes. If you have lived experience with body image concerns, disordered eating, or an eating disorder, adopting a positive (or even neutral) mindset about your body can feel like an unrealistic—if not altogether impossible—task. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), body…
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April 26, 2024
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Eating Disorders and Autism: What You Need to Know

Note: In this blog, we use identity-first language (e.g., “an autistic individual”) to reflect those who embrace autism as an identity category – a diverse way of perceiving and interacting with the world (Taboas et al., 2022; Bury et al., 2020). However, we recognize that this language choice may not be suitable for everyone in the community. Whenever possible, please…
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April 02, 2024
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Breaking the Stigma: Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)? Binge eating disorder (BED) stands out as the most prevalent eating disorder in the United States, surpassing the combined prevalence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (NIMH). Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurring episodes of uncontrollable eating, involving the consumption of large quantities of food, typically done rapidly and in secrecy. Unlike other…
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March 28, 2024
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Eating Disorders and Pregnancy: What to Know

Eating disorders are serious but treatable conditions that can be experienced by anyone at any point in their life. Some people may even experience eating disorders during pregnancy. In fact, nearly 12% of pregnant people report eating disorder symptoms during their pregnancy or postpartum. This can pose particular challenges for an individual and can lead to health problems for both…
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March 25, 2024
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CEDO’s Response to the Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution

As the Collaborative of Eating Disorders (CEDO), we are extremely concerned about the lack of consideration for eating disorders in Oprah’s Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution that aired on March 18, 2024. While Oprah’s personal journey and body autonomy is very important, the Special unfortunately perpetuates diet culture and anti-fat bias, which can often fuel the development…
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March 21, 2024
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Eating Disorders and IBS – Are They Connected?

At The Alliance, one of our core missions is to provide education on topics surrounding eating disorders (EDs). We find that covering the nuanced issues that affect folks with eating disorders and their loved ones helps our community be more understanding, proactive, and resilient. Eating disorders are mental illnesses with severe physical side effects. Some of these side effects are…
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March 04, 2024
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 Are Eating Disorders Genetic?

Eating disorders are common, serious, and treatable health conditions. But why do some people experience eating disorders while others do not? Though there is no definitive answer to this question, many researchers and healthcare professionals believe genetics play a role in the development of an eating disorder. This article will dive deeper into the role genetics play, describe important studies…
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February 27, 2024
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Not One More 2024 | The Renfrew Center

The Alliance’s call to action of Not One More is vital to allowing new awareness to emerge and grow. I wonder though that in the first moments of hearing “not one more” it is possible that some of us may experience frustration and fear rising and causing a cloud of fog to emerge that keeps us from believing in the…
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February 22, 2024
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