What to Say When Someone Has an Eating Disorder

What to Say When Someone Has an Eating DisorderDo’s and Don’ts of Talking to Someone With an Eating Disorder

Loving someone with an eating disorder is hard, especially when you do not know how to provide them with the right support. Sometimes what may feel like the right thing, may actually be causing more harm. Twenty million men and women in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. These illnesses are just that – an illness. They are not by an means a lifestyle choice. By knowing the right things to say and those that should be avoided we can help our loved ones fight these illnesses. Recovery is possible and having the proper support from friends and family is the first step.

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Body Image Isn’t a Girl Thing

Body Image Isn't a Girl ThingThink Again…Body Image Isn’t a Girl Thing

When we are asked to describe male traits, what words usually come to mind? Some would say “strong, tough, unemotional, powerful, aggressive, broad, fit, handsome”, and “protective.” These are just some of the words that society labels what the ideal man should be like.

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How Pets Can Help With Your Recovery

How Pets Can Help With Your RecoveryTips on How Pets Can Help With Your Recovery

The idea that positive interactions with animals can be good for you is hardly anything new. There have been plenty of Internet posts that demonstrate healing benefits for isolated senior citizens, veterans diagnosed with PTSD, or children with Autism. Videos of cats, dogs, and other animals doing cute things with humans are practically a cliché on Facebook. The unquestioned acceptance that animals can offer us when we feel most vulnerable can be extremely rewarding. If you are undergoing treatment for an eating disorder, and feeling overwhelmed during your recovery, having a pet is an option you may want to consider.

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Help for Eating Disorder Patients: Back to School

Help Eating Disorder Patients Back SchoolGoing Back to School? These Useful Tips Can Help

It’s that time again. All the big department stores are promoting the return to the school season with displays of school supplies and posters of smiling students, in their new fall clothes, heading off cheerfully to exciting campus adventures. But if you are a recent eating disorder treatment patient, the major change this represents in your daily routine can cause you to confront some intimidating challenges to your recovery. Having some sound strategies in place can help you cope.

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What You Need to Know About the New Mental Health Reform Act

Need Know New Mental Health Reform ActNew Mental Health Reform Act Can Impact Coverage for Eating Disorder Treatment

The Mental Health Reforms Act of 2016 (S. 2680) could have a huge impact on insurance plans for U.S. citizens that need coverage for mental health issues. That’s why so many groups are asking for your help, right now, to get it passed. Activists want to make sure that the American public pressures their politicians to take these important bills all the way to the Senate floor. If you think that your voice won’t count, consider these remarks, from Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania: “What has made this work are the thousands and thousands and thousands of letters and phone calls to members of Congress saying that we’ve got to do something about mental health.”

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How to Cope with School Sports and Eating Disorders

How to Cope with School Sports and Eating DisordersTips for Teammates and Coaches on How to Cope with School Sports and Eating Disorders

If going back to school means going back to competitive sports, when you are recovering from behaviors associated with eating disorders, you may face some additional challenges. It’s a good idea to know that you may need more support as your role in a sport becomes more intense. You can also develop some effective strategies to help you cope with the added pressure to perform physically at peak potential. Fortunately, some important sports organizations understand these issues, and they are taking steps to raise awareness in the sports world.

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New Mental Health Care Act Promises Better Eating Disorder Treatment Coverage

Mental Health Care Act Promises Better Eating Disorder TreatmentMental Health Care Act Promises Better Eating Disorder Treatment

Republicans and Democrats, working together, to pass legislation so that you can benefit from expanded mental health coverage that includes support and residential treatment for eating disorders? If that sounds impossible, you haven’t been following the encouraging progress of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. This is why psychiatric professionals, mental healthcare activists, and informed patients are urging you to take action now and show your support, too.

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Fashion Tips for a Positive Body Image

Fashion Tips for a Positive Body ImageUseful Fashion Tips for a Positive Body Image

Soon, the ultimate fashion tip could mean tipping the scales in a new direction. Most people understand the idea that a sound body image translates to stronger sense of self. A distorted body image can lead to serious health risks. Especially if you have developed an eating disorder. If you struggle with the way you see yourself, you may take some comfort in knowing that not all of these types of battles are internal.

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Help for Eating Disorders: Hollywood Secrets

Help for Eating Disorders Hollywood SecretsHelp for Eating Disorders Hollywood Secrets Unveiled

Think you want to look like a movie star? Think again. It’s not a good idea. They are shape shifters. They are living dolls. What you see on the screen may not even be real. Demi Lovato, Nicole Scherzinger, Katie Couric, Lady Gaga, Naya Rivera, and other female celebrities are sharing their food-related issues with the hope that their fans will retain their shapes, at natural proportions, and avoid the nightmares they’ve experienced with eating disorders.

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LGBTQ Affirmative Treatment for Eating Disorders

LGBTQ Affirmative Treatment for Eating DisordersThe Case for LGBTQ Affirmative Treatment for Eating Disorders

It may be common knowledge that women and young girls are more likely than men or boys to experience eating disorders. But what a lot of people may not realize is, that eating disorders are much more common in the LGBTQ community. Recent studies and surveys only confirm this unsettling fact.

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