Eating disorders are much more complex than body image, but negative body image is a hallmark of an eating disorder. We live in a culture that is strongly weight-biased and fatphobic. Our cultural messages assert that a person is healthier, smarter, and more worthy if they live in a smaller body. Weight stigma is very harmful … Continue reading Quiz: are you body positive? Plus, how to be a body positive parent and when “body positive” is not actually body positive
We sat down with Jennifer Rollin, an eating disorder therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center based in Maryland, to find learn what’s new in the treatment of eating disorders. 1. What do you think has changed about the way we treat eating disorders in the past 10 years? I think there have been … Continue reading What’s new in eating disorder treatment? An interview with Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C
When you have an eating disorder, it's helpful to avoid situations that focus on diet culture, weight loss, food fear, and exercise addiction. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that brings out all of these cultural tendencies. As a food-based event, Thanksgiving puts those of us who have/had eating disorders at risk of exposure to … Continue reading Family scripts for an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving and other holidays can be very stressful for people who have eating disorders. Often when families get together, the first thing they talk about is dieting and body size. It's a national obsession and is even more prevalent on a food-based holiday. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, it's important … Continue reading How to make Thanksgiving eating disorder friendly
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
It's easy to get caught up in the behaviors of eating disorders. We can obsess over a child's eating patterns, exercise, and body weight. But the real thing we need to be looking at is their thought patterns because their thoughts underlie the behaviors. People who have eating disorders often exhibit 10 common cognitive (thinking) … Continue reading 10 cognitive (thinking) distortions that support eating disorder behaviors
We interviewed Dr. Colleen Reichmann to find out more about what it's like to be a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. Q: Why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because, quite simply, I wanted to give back! I have struggled with my own mental health issues, and have seen first hand … Continue reading Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.
Candy is everywhere. Every store, every desk, every place we go seems to be offering up tiny bites of forbidden sweetness. If you're like most people, you studiously forbid yourself from succumbing to the temptation of candy ... most of the time. But there are probably days when you just can't resist, and then you … Continue reading For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!
Living with a child can sometimes feel like living with a terrorist. And we all know that you shouldn't negotiate with terrorists, right? And when your child has an eating disorder, the negotiations seem bizarre and infuriating. So what's a parent to do? Most of us can see when we're hitting a wall with our … Continue reading Getting to yes when you’re fighting with your child who has an eating disorder
Co-parenting after divorce is a challenging effort for most people. When we have a child who has an eating disorder, these challenges can peak, and we may find ourselves fighting more frequently and struggling with our ex over how we approach treatment for our child. Here are six tips for co-parenting a child who has … Continue reading Co-parenting a child who has an eating disorder – 6 tips