A Journey Through Eating Disorders Support & Recovery

Gastroparesis and Eating Disorders

Gastroparesis is a stomach condition that is highly prevalent within the eating disorder community. The term “gastroparesis” directly translates to “stomach paralysis.” This condition acutely affects the normal movement of the stomach muscles. Perhaps you or a loved one suffers from gastroparesis, or maybe this is your first introduction to the condition. Regardless of your baseline understanding, this comprehensive overview…
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July 22, 2024
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Addressing the Connection Between Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders: Insights from Recent Research

Monte Nido’s most recent outcomes show that 85% of all clients had a co-occurring diagnosis of a mood, anxiety or substance use disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While it’s known that major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD) are commonly comorbid with eating disorders, there is limited data about the clinical features of such patients,…
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July 19, 2024
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Depression and Eating Disorders: The Connection Explained

Weight changes, fatigue and insomnia can be common signs of both depression and eating disorders. So, how can you figure out what's causing your symptoms? Studies show that many individuals with eating disorders also experience depression, so it might be both – it's important to get a comprehensive assessment to understand the exact support you need. Evidence-based therapies like CBT,…
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July 17, 2024
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What Is Body Dysmorphia and How Does it Relate to Eating Disorders?

Before Stacy Jones was diagnosed with an eating disorder, she struggled with a related but separate issue: body dysmorphia. Body dysmorphia, also known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), is a mental health condition in which a person can’t see themselves objectively, and instead fixates on certain body parts or “flaws” in their appearance. “I had no idea what my body…
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July 11, 2024
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Rethinking Exercise: Joyful Movement Is Possible in Eating Disorder Recovery

In our appearance-obsessed culture, exercise is often portrayed as a means to attain the “perfect” body, rather than a practice that can nourish your mind and body in ways unrelated to weight, shape, or size. As a result, societal pressures often distort the true value and potential benefits of physical activity, leading to unhealthy attitudes and behaviors related to exercise.…
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July 03, 2024
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“Hidden”

*CW* Mentions of eating disorder behaviors. Millions of people are hiding an eating disorder every day. Despite affecting nearly 29 million Americans over their lifetimes, the majority never receive treatment, resulting in a heartbreaking loss every 52 minutes. People with eating disorders often become experts at hiding their struggles. They might avoid eating in front of others, make excuses to…
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June 21, 2024
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What Does a Dietitian Do?

The terms dietitian, nutritionist, and nutrition coach are often used interchangeably -- but they are not the same. A dietitian, or registered dietitian, has had extensive education, specialized coursework, an internship and a national exam, along with continuing education and state licensure. They provide expert nutrition education, create personalized meal plans, and collaborate with other health care providers. With a…
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June 14, 2024
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Coping with Summer Eating Disorder Triggers

Many eating disorder triggers tend to intensify around spring break and the summer months that follow. This poses significant challenges for individuals with a history of eating disorders and/or body image dissatisfaction. For people with eating disorders, the summer months can be incredibly challenging. Maintaining recovery from an eating disorder requires consistent effort, vigilance, and support. Experiencing setbacks in recovery…
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June 03, 2024
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Bright Spots: Recent Breakthroughs in Eating Disorder Treatment Options

Living with an eating disorder is incredibly challenging and can ultimately be life-threatening. These conditions intertwine mental and physical health in complex ways. Caused by a range of factors, involving genetic, societal, environmental, and other influences, treating these disorders can be equally as nuanced. Individualized and holistic approaches are increasingly effective in addressing these disorders' unique aspects. This article explores…
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May 30, 2024
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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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