Healthy Intimacy in ED Recovery

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Eating disorders affect nearly 5 million Americans every year, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). There are multiple categories of eating disorders, but an eating disorder (ED) is generally defined as “a disruption in the eating behavior with excessive concern about body weight that impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning.”

Consequently, someone struggling with an ED may exhibit physical symptoms such as dramatic weight loss, chapped lips, gray skin, hair loss, and dental erosions. But what about those symptoms that aren’t visible to the naked eye?

Giving Attention to the Other Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders exist on a wide spectrum, with each of them deserving an equal amount of attention and care. Below are some “other” EDs that may be affecting you or someone you care about. Learning how to identify and get proper treatment for them could be lifesaving.

The Problem With Fat-Shaming

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We all remember the familiar adage from childhood: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. As it turns out, words can and do hurt, especially when vicious comments made about your body turn personal — really personal — and are posted in public forums.

When Mood and Eating Disorders Collide

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We’ve all been there. Life gets really busy and you skip breakfast or lunch. Or you’re traveling and didn’t bring any snacks. You feel cranky, agitated, and hungry. Turns out, you’re probably hangry, a condition that Merriam-Webster describes as “irritable or angry because of hunger.”

Why Isn’t My Child Succeeding?

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It’s common to worry about your child’s future, and it can be frustrating to see them struggle in school or life. For some children, issues can arise as a result of trauma. Others may not have learned the skills that enable them to succeed. If you’re one of those frustrated parents who have thought, My child is lazy, or perhaps directionless, the good news is there are ways to help, even if more acute problems such as law-breaking or addiction are part of the problem.