Tips 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.
Mental 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.
Useful 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.
Intimacy and Eating Disorders
If you love someone with an eating disorder, chances are you’ve experienced both the highs of being in love along with the lows of trying to make sure your beloved has the professional help they need. Your relationship may also experience challenges due to complications from the eating disorder and its behaviors. For example, your partner may be experiencing low energy due to lack of nutrition or preoccupied with engaging in food or exercise rituals. Sex drive can also suffer due to the eating disorder and poor body image, resulting in a lack of intimacy. Open, vulnerable communication can also be difficult, as your loved one, and you yourself, may be afraid of rejection.
Is There a Correlation Between Fasting and Eating Disorders?
Some religious traditions observe certain sacred times of the year by fasting. Many people who have grown up fasting during these times have grown accustomed to the practice and it serves as a meaningful symbol of devotion. For people prone to eating disorders, fasting can be trigger. Is it possible to adhere to religious practices like fasting when you have an eating disorder? Studies have shown that while in some cases socio-religious factors can contribute to eating disorder behavior, the chances that a person will develop an eating disorder from fasting practices are not fully connected to religion.
ED Triggers: Fighting Back Against Negative Body Image
Negative body image can be one of the initial triggers for an eating disorder and one of the most difficult symptoms to overcome in recovery. Body image encompasses how we see ourselves both in the mirror and in our minds. A distorted body image makes us see things that aren’t actually there, and also cause feelings of depression and isolation….and this can be one of the major catalysts that perpetuates eating disordered behavior. In recovery we work on overcoming behaviors, trauma, depression, anxiety, and try to normalize eating patterns. But body image tends to be the one thing that hangs on long after recovery has begun. It takes continual effort to arrive at body acceptance but it is possible! Here are some tips for overcoming negative body image and thriving in your new, recovered life.
Traveling with an Eating Disorder Planning Ahead
Traveling with an eating disorder can be a monumental undertaking. The beauty about vacations is that they are meant to be fun and they also provide an opportunity to explore new cultures, people, and foods. The isolating, rigid nature of an eating disorder casts a shadow on what can be a life-changing experience. It is possible to travel with your eating disorder and still get the most from your vacation. The key is to know your limits and plan ahead so you feel supported and secure. Read on to learn about traveling with an eating disorder planning ahead is the best course of action.
Eating Disorders in Children: A Serious Problem on the Rise
We think of eating disorders as an adolescent’s illness, something that develops during the turbulent transitions of young lives. Unfortunately, instances of young children with eating disorders are on the rise. According to CNN, research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that eating disorders in children under age 12 rose by 119% between 1999 and 2006.
Creating a Happy, Fulfilling Holiday Season
Holidays are a time for family gatherings and cheer. Unfortunately, those same family gatherings can also be a catalyst for stress and drama. Dealing with this is uncomfortable for anyone, but when you struggle with a mental illness it can be even more unbearable. How can you make it though the holidays unscathed?
Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Finding the Connection Treating the Pain
According to statistics from the National Eating Disorders Association, close to 50% of people with eating disorders are also abusing substances at a rate 5 times greater than the general population. In males with Binge Eating Disorder, 57% will suffer lifelong addiction issues. Like eating disorders, substance abuse creates severe physical and psychological complications, include cardiac issues, lung disease, stroke, liver problems, and cognitive disruptions.