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Eating Disorder Challenges to Happier Holidays

Eating Disorder Challenges to Happier HolidaysEating Disorder Challenges: 12 Steps to Happier Holidays

The Christmas season is typically portrayed as a time when we all feel joyful and take delight in gathering with close friends and family members. But people recovering from anorexia, binge eating disorder, or bulimia may discover that the emotional challenges of the season, and the exposure to extra food, can trigger their disorders. Dr. Martha Levine, director of eating disorder programs at Penn State Hershey, told NewsMedical.net that people with eating disorders face a double-edged sword. “People make all this food and say, ‘Eat, eat!’ but then they also make comments about weight and appearances,” she says. “If you really listen to how much we talk about food, you see it can be a challenging time.”

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How Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating Disorder?

How Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating DisorderHow Do I Know If I Should Get Help For an Eating Disorder?

Chances are, if you typed anything similar to the above title into a Google search, you know. You already know something is going haywire, and that you are losing control over your life. Do you have an eating disorder? If thoughts about food, your weight, your exercise routine, or your body’s shape or size rule your life, then, yes, you may have an eating disorder. Is the situation getting worse?

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How Are Eating Disorders Treated?

How Are Eating Disorders TreatedSteps to Recovery: How Are Eating Disorders Treated?

If you have an eating disorder, seeking treatment can seem overwhelming. But the more informed you are about treatment methods, how they compare, and what they involve, the more effective your choice will be. When you are exploring options with an eating disorder treatment center, it’s important to understand that your treatment experience will ultimately be determined by your diagnosis, the kind of eating disorder that you have, and the severity of your symptoms.

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Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles Gyms

Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles GymsBigorexia: Body Dysmorphia In Los Angeles Gyms

Some call ‘Bigorexia,’ or Muscle Dysmorphia, the ‘Reverse Anorexia,’ and the disorder is growing in Los Angeles. As Dr. Jamie Feusner, an associate professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, explained to ABC News, “People with anorexia, most of them believe they are too fat and too large. Most of them want to be thinner. Whereas people with muscle dysmorphia, most of them believe they are too small, and not muscular enough, and they want to become bigger.” Alfonso Moretti, a personal trainer based in Beverly Hills, adds, “It takes over your life, so every decision you make becomes about the workout and how your body looks. I used to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning to drink protein shakes. I never missed a workout, ever, ever, ever.”

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How Males Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder

How Males Struggle With Binge Eating DisorderA Secret Shame: How Males Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder

After he ate 70 chicken wings in an hour, Andrew Walen finally realized something had gone very wrong with his eating habits. In a New York Times article, Walen admits, “Ultimately, it was about numbing out and self-loathing. There was this voice in my head that said, ‘You’re no good, worthless,’ and I turned to food.” Walen is not alone. Late night binges are common for people who suffer from BED, or Binge Eating Disorder, and this disorder affects almost as many males as females. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, research shows that 40% of the people that struggle with binge eating disorder in the U.S. are males. But these numbers may actually be much higher.

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A Roadmap To Healing: 10 Rules For Recovery

A Roadmap To Healing 10 Rules For RecoveryIt Helps to Have a Plan: A Roadmap To Healing 10 Rules For Recovery

When you have an eating disorder, you may feel that you’ll never experience happiness unless you lose weight. That your value will always be based on the way you look. The reality is that true happiness and feelings of self-worth come from loving and accepting yourself just as you are. Only recovery can make this possible. With an effective treatment program, love, support, and sound coping strategies, you can defeat your eating disorder, gain freedom and lasting self-confidence. But the path to healing and recovery can often seem like a trip to a difficult destination. Here are some guidelines to help you navigate this journey and avoid some of the obstacles in your way.

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Ronda Rousey’s Bold Battle With Body Image Issues in Los Angeles

body image issues In Los AngelesMMA Fighter Takes on Body Image Issues in Los Angeles, Hoping for Another Knockout

As an undefeated UFC champion and an Olympic medalist in judo, Ronda Rousey has established herself as one of the world’s strongest female athletes. Her popularity is responsible for the inclusion of women in Mixed Martial Arts.

Before Rousey, the UFC didn’t have a woman’s division. Recently, she has also taken on Hollywood with roles in major films. But she wasn’t always the bold confident person she seems to be now. As young girl, she wrestled with body image issues, body shaming, and an eating disorder. “When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine,” Rousey explains. “People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: these people are idiots. I’m fabulous.”

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10 Questions To Ask a Residential Treatment Center

10 Questions To Ask a Residential Treatment CenterSeeking Recovery? Here Are 10 Questions To Ask a Residential Treatment Center

Choosing the right eating disorder treatment center could be one of the most important steps you take in your journey to recovery. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and the other co-occurring disorders that frequently accompany eating disorders can pose serious health risks. By providing structure, a controlled environment, and constant care, an eating disorder treatment center can be a very effective way to begin the healing process. Research has demonstrated that immediate treatment, by a team of experienced professionals, is often the most effective course you can take. If the terms, choices, and treatment options for EDs seem intimidating, this list of questions may help.

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How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 Steps

How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 StepsUseful Tips on How To Be a Body Positive Parent in 6 Steps

As their developing bodies go through big changes, it’s only natural for kids approaching their teenage years to become more concerned about their shapes, sizes, and general appearance. A positive body image means body acceptance. This means that your teen or adolescent’s feelings about their outward appearance are primarily positive, and that they are fairly happy with the way they look. In a culture that’s saturated with images of thin or unrealistic beauty standards, having a positive body image can be a major challenge. While you may have little control over some of the influences that impact your child, you can take conscious steps to help make your role more positive and supportive.

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Complimentary Therapy For Eating Disorders: The Healing Power of Yoga

Complimentary Therapy For Eating DisordersYoga as a Tool for Healing the Mind/Body Connection in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder can take a incredible toll on the human body. They can attack the mind, body, and spirit of a person. A successful journey to recovery often requires a self-nurturing process to heal these physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds. “This is why yoga is frequently used in the treatment of eating disorders,” yoga advocate Chelsea Roff explains. “I think yoga can be a game-changer in eating disorder treatment because it provides a safe way for patients to begin to explore their body and its sensations again. It helps patients rebuild a conscious connection between mind and body, which is so often severed in the heat of an eating disorder.”

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