June 17, 2020
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Seven Action Steps to Help the LGBTQ+ Community Reach Recovery During COVID-19

As we all continue to limit social interactions with those outside of our immediate household, LGBTQ+ youth in recovery face unique stressors that may pose a barrier to recovery. For some LGBTQ+ youth, friends, community centers, and even school can be a safe haven to express themselves freely. When home does not feel like an affirming environment, LGBTQ+ youth may not feel as if they have an outlet to be their true selves and may…
June 15, 2020
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The Impact of Food Insecurity During COVID-19 For Individuals With ARFID

The COVID-19 pandemic has created stress on our internal infrastructure, disrupting our food systems. Every time I go to the grocery store now, and see the empty and picked through shelves, I cannot help but think about my patients and other individuals struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder. I think about the strain this may be causing in their day to day life. More so, I cannot help but think, “What are…
June 12, 2020
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ARFID: Educating our peers and healthcare providers

I never thought I would be making a post about the importance of advocating for your mental health when it comes to speaking to a health professional, but here it goes. Hi, my name is Cassie and I have an eating disorder. It is a lesser known eating disorder at that; it’s called, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or A.R.F.I.D. People with mental health disorders have been widely mistreated over our history and even that…
June 10, 2020
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I Wish I Had findEDhelp When I Was Struggling

When I was in high school and first started struggling with “eating issues,” as my family labeled it, my parents had no clue what to do, nor how to find help for me. By chance, they found a counselor who was knowledgeable about eating disorders and who helped me immensely until I went off to college. As I headed off to Texas A&M, I naively thought that I had left my problems and my eating…
June 09, 2020
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Breaking Up with Diet Culture

Toxic diet culture and personal insecurities—how are they related? When others and I talk about toxic diet culture, we are referring to any programs that encourage extreme weight loss, require restricting yourself, and suggest cutting calories and working out more, as well as programs that advertise weight loss pills and shakes. All of these products and programs promote a supposed ideal of what being healthy is. Basically, toxic diet culture entails anything suggesting that “healthy”…

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