The link between depression, eating disorders, and being female in western industrialized cultures

There is a strong link between being depressed, having an eating disorder, and being female in a western industrialized country. Here are some facts about these conditions: 1. Females are twice as likely as males to be depressed, and the vast majority of eating disorder patients are female. 2. The depression sex difference emerges at … Continue reading The link between depression, eating disorders, and being female in western industrialized cultures

What parents should know about the intersection of substance addiction and eating disorders, by Becca Owens, Foundations Recovery Network

No parent wants to see their children fight the battle of an eating disorder or substance addiction, but parents who spot one in their child may also see signs of the other because the two often co-occur. Recognizing ongoing struggles in your kids can hurt deeply, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you contemplate … Continue reading What parents should know about the intersection of substance addiction and eating disorders, by Becca Owens, Foundations Recovery Network

New Study: 1 in 4 teenage girls engage in self-harming behavior, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that nearly 1 in 4 teenage girls ages 14-18 in the United States engages in non-suicidal self-harming behavior. Self-harm or self-injury is the act of hurting oneself on purpose. The most common methods are cutting and burning. Self-harm is a behavior pattern that indicates … Continue reading New Study: 1 in 4 teenage girls engage in self-harming behavior, which frequently co-occurs with eating disorders

Scary things your child may say while having an anxiety attack and how to handle it

Anxiety is one of the main underlying conditions that occur alongside eating disorders, which means that if you have a child who has an eating disorder, it's very helpful to learn about anxiety disorders and how loved ones can help someone through an anxiety attack. If you are a parent who has no experience with … Continue reading Scary things your child may say while having an anxiety attack and how to handle it

Major depression is on the rise for adolescents and young adults – here’s what this means for parents

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield shows that major depression is on the rise among Americans from all age groups, but is rising fastest among teens and young adults. [1] In a report issued May 10, 2018, BCBS announced the following important data: 1. The number of people of all ages and genders … Continue reading Major depression is on the rise for adolescents and young adults – here’s what this means for parents

People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

Estimates tend to vary, but data suggests that from approximately 68%-98% of people who attend eating disorder treatment programs report histories of sexual, and other, abuse or trauma. This suggests that when we treat eating disorders we need be prepared to treat a potentially underlying trauma history and even, possibly, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). … Continue reading People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

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Loneliness: what parents should worry about instead of their kids’ weight

So many parents feel they can and must strive to control their kids' bodies. This impulse comes from the best place. From everything we have been told, our kids will live longer, healthier lives if we teach them to keep their body weight low. But here's the thing: controlling our bodies is actually harder than we … Continue reading Loneliness: what parents should worry about instead of their kids’ weight

The fear parade: a simple mindfulness trick to help kids manage anxiety and stress

Anxiety is a common co-occurring condition with eating disorders, and both anxiety and eating disorders are on the rise for our kids. It's important that we learn some tools to help them manage their anxiety so that they can avoid triggering eating disorder behavior. The reasons our kids are more anxious are real and pervasive. … Continue reading The fear parade: a simple mindfulness trick to help kids manage anxiety and stress

Emergency anxiety tools you can buy and DIY to stop anxiety attacks for tweens and teens

Anxiety is a major underlying and co-occuring factor with eating disorders, and anxiety is on the rise for our tweens and teens. A study by the American College Health Association found a significant increase — to 62 percent in 2016 from 50 percent in 2011 — of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year. … Continue reading Emergency anxiety tools you can buy and DIY to stop anxiety attacks for tweens and teens