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June 29, 2022
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Food and Culture: LGBTQ+ Clients of Latinx Backgrounds

Cultural and family values impact the relationships we have with food and with our bodies. Specifically, within Latinx cultures, food brings people together and is often seen as a love language. Food is a way of showing people you care about them and welcoming them into your home. On the other hand, food can be weaponized and utilized to control physical appearance. The messages received from family, friends, community, media, and society shape how a…
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June 23, 2022
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3 Things Every Medical Professional Should Know about Eating Disorders

YOU’VE SEEN EATING DISORDER PATIENTS BEFORE, EVEN IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU HAVE. In fact, you may have seen it more recently than you realize. It is estimated that 9% of the population will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime (Harvard STRIPED, Academy for Eating Disorders, Deloitte Access Economics, 2020). One tertiary hospital recently published a study showing admission of eating disorder patients has almost tripled compared to previous years (Otto et al.,…
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June 21, 2022
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What is Pica Disorder?

The word “pica” is Latin for magpie—a bird known for eating almost anything. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Pica can be defined as a feeding or eating disorder that involves eating non-nutritive, non-food substances. These items can include, but are not limited to: • Paper                                   • Chalk • Glass         …
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June 16, 2022
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The Vital Importance of Gender-Informed Care

Gender-informed care is close to my heart. When working with clients with an eating disorder, a gender-informed lens is necessary, and allowing space for clients to be seen and feel heard is vital to the recovery process. Doing so allows a provider to open their eyes past the binary and see individuals for who they are. In my work with Monte Nido, I educate staff on gender-informed care while continually looking for ways to further…
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June 07, 2022
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The Power of Gender Inclusive Pronouns

It’s Pride Month and at Walden Behavioral Care, our pride is in our ability to connect from one heart to another. This means that when we work with clients, and each other, our priority is to treat one another as equals, as allies, and respected members of the greater community. We understand that due to a lack of understanding or education, many people may feel ill-equipped to interact effectively with the LGBTQ+ community. We want…
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