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Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating Disorders

Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating DisordersWhy Some Designers Don’t Think Beauty Comes in All Sizes

More women in the U.S. wear a size 16 than a size 6, and the fashion world doesn’t seem to care. There has always been a big difference between the average woman and haute couture, but today, when the gap seems wider than ever, very few designers will even entertain the idea of producing a line of plus size fashions. As Tim Gunn, designer and host of TV’s Project Runway, points out, there’s a lot of money of to be made if the clothing industry offers real clothes for real women. So why, he asks, must so many young women continue to starve themselves to maintain its unrealistic standards?

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Reading Your Way to Recovery: Books About Eating Disorders

Reading Your Way to RecoveryReading Your Way to Recovery

If you or someone you love is going through the process of treatment for an eating disorder, you may be looking for more information than a casual Internet search can provide. This reading list should help. As a tribute to the “Voices of Recovery” theme for National Recovery Month, these informative publications provide more personal stories of recovery in great depth and detail. While reading is no substitute for an integrated holistic therapy program, many of these books offer strategies and inspiration for ED patients and their families.

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Find the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

Find Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center TeenChoose the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

If your teenager has been suffering from the symptoms associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating disorder, or B.E.D, Orthorexia, or other eating related behavior disorders, taking the first steps to help them find the right kind of treatment may seem overwhelming at first. In some cases, these symptoms can be life-threatening. So it’s very important to understand what a comprehensive treatment program for eating disorders can do to help your family reach recovery.

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Activity Trackers and Eating Disorder Recovery

Activity Trackers and Eating Disorder RecoveryActivity Trackers and Eating Disorder Recovery: Are They Really Helpful?

The new and popular way to track activity progress is through fitness trackers. It seems as if everyone has the ever popular Fitbit these days, a flexible wrist band, that comes in a variety of bright colors, that can track your steps, calories, distance traveled, calorie intake, heart rate, and sleep patterns. Although these activity trackers can be helpful in many ways, such as providing motivation, accountability, and goal setting, should everyone own one?

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What Factors Can Contribute to an Eating Disorder?

What Factors Can Contribute to an Eating DisorderKnow What Factors Can Contribute to an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders can stem from a variety of factors that include psychological, interpersonal, social, and biological. Eating disorders can be influenced by environment as well. It is important to know that eating disorders are not all about food. Eating disorder behaviors such as restricting, purging, and binging, are coping skills individuals use when under distress. Here are some factors that can contribute to an eating disorder:

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FAT Is Not a Feeling

FAT is not a feeling Debunking the Myth: FAT Is Not a Feeling

In 2015, Facebook added a list of feelings, along with matching emoticons, to choose from when updating your status. Sadly, among those feelings was “fat”. The emoticon associated with the “fat” feeling was chubby-cheeked with a double chin. As you can imagine, this caused an uproar. Members of the eating disorder community voiced their concerns that this was a digital form of body shaming.

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The Use of Creative Therapies in Eating Disorder Treatment

Creative Therapies in Eating Disorder Treatment

As an adjunct to traditional therapies, creative arts can be very soothing and beneficial to clients. Some treatment programs use music and dance therapy, as well as art therapy, to encourage clients to access feelings and parts of themselves they may have difficulty expressing in words. Art therapy is used regularly at Center for Discovery facilities, and some client artwork remains onsite to inspire current residents to tap into their creativity.

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Maintaining Change

maintainSupporting and Maintaining Change

There have been many times that a client, fresh from residential treatment or partial hospitalization, has told me that he or she is surprised to return home to find that nothing has really changed. Life around them is still the same. Sure, they learned some skills in treatment but it didn’t solve the life challenges that can be so triggering. Sometimes in the moment emotions are so overwhelming that our first instinct is to return to the coping mechanism that’s become so ingrained in our daily existence. One client actually told me that she didn’t see a point in working so hard on recovery if nothing around her was going to change. She would rather cling to the one thing that’s been consistent in her life: her eating disorder.

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Treating the Family System

familyPerspective on Treating the Family System

When an eating disorder strikes an individual, his or her entire family is affected. According to an article by Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP, 87% of eating disorder patients are children and adolescents under the age of 20. As many in this age group still live at home, the eating disorder develops and plays out within the family dynamic. It often takes on a life of its own and can be the cause of many battles at meal times, family gatherings, holiday events, and can even affect extended family and school environments. Family therapy is an essential part of eating disorder treatment and is necessary to ensure everyone who is a part of the family system is cared for.

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The Application of Intuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder Recovery

Intuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder RecoveryIntuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder Recovery

Our bodies know what they need. We were all born with an intuition about what we need to survive. Food is essential fuel for our daily activities and our overall well-being. What began as an understanding with our bodies about what they need evolved over time to a disconnect. We may have learned growing up that we must clean our plates. Or maybe media messages about “good” and “bad” foods have influenced eating habits and now hunger cues are off. Certainly the development of an eating disorder causes behaviors around food that are very detrimental to physical health. Is it possible to return to intuitive eating when recovering from an eating disorder?

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