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How to Overcome an Eating Disorder at College

A multitude of factors contribute to the rising rates of eating disorders diagnosed at this stage of life. As exciting as college may be, it also involves new levels and types of stress: greater academic expectations, pressure to determine your identity, increased athletic competitiveness, new social networks, more independent living, unfamiliar food sources and settings, loss of childhood, and the challenges of transition…to name a few!
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Cultivating Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

I recently asked a friend who is in recovery from anorexia how she feels towards her now inactive but once powerful eating disorder. Squinting past my shoulder into the distance—perhaps into her distant past—she paused in silent reflection. Several moments later, she returned to the here and now, and responded:
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Parents: Supporting Your Child With an Eating Disorder

When a healthy child gets sick, parents can usually find a fairly simple answer: Tylenol, amoxicillin, cough medicine. But when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, parents face a problem for which there is no immediate fix. Caring for and supporting your child with an eating disorder can be confusing and scary.
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Like Food, Like Finance: How Eating Disordered Behaviors Manifest in Money

But on that particular afternoon, I was paralyzed by my restrictive habits. The fear wasn’t about the food this time, though—it was about the money. A cone costs twice as much as a cup, which holds an equivalent amount of gelato…
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SkinnyCrazySmall: Bringing Anorexia Center Stage

Sylvie based the piece on her personal experience with anorexia, and cleverly integrates her story with the stories of famous women throughout history who have also struggled with the disorder like singer Karen Carpenter and psychoanalyst Anna Freud.
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Recovery is Relational: The Power of Group Work in Eating Disorder Healing

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Eating disorders are notoriously challenging to treat, because they are so multi-faceted: they derive from emotional, psychological, physiological, social, and cultural influences.
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Little Miss Perfect: An Adolescent’s Descent into Anorexia

Little Miss Perfect takes place over the course of Belle’s freshman year, tracking her descent into the grips of anorexia nervosa, the psychiatric disorder that currently holds the highest mortality rate.
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Forgiveness: A Practice for Healing

Forgiveness is an essential part of recovery because, as Desmond Tutu says, “The only way to experience healing and peace is to forgive. Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom.”
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How Social Media Can Support Recovery

Social media is a tricky, multi-faceted phenomenon of our time that can do both harm and good. But while there are many Instagram feeds, Facebook posts, and blogs that may trigger individuals in recovery from an eating disorder by promoting unhealthy mindset and behaviors, social media can support recovery by being a force of inspiration.
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Eating Disorders

In the United States, 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Disordered eating can be experienced in myriad ways, affecting both youth and adults as well as males and females. No matter the manifestation, eating disorders are serious, often life-threatening illnesses.