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The Prevalence of Eating Disorders Among College Athletes

Participation in sports is often glamorized and thought of as being associated with plenty of benefits for student-athletes, but that is not always the case.It can be true that both during college and after graduation, excelling at athletics may contribute to everything from self-confidence to fostering team-building and communication skills. College athletes also tend to report higher rates of physical, social, and community well-being than students who are non-athletes. (1) However, stressors associated with the competitive environment, such as the pressure to perform or maintain a certain body weight, can increase the risk of developing eating disorders, maladaptive eating habits, and other harmful consequences.

Is Intermittent Fasting Disordered Eating?

Intermittent fasting is a relatively popular diet regimen involving periods of fasting and eating. Some people fast for a certain window each day while others may fast for several days at a time. Although many people who follow this eating approach tout benefits such as weight loss, fat loss, and lower cholesterol, others are skeptical and are concerned that it may mimic disordered eating symptoms or lead to an eating disorder.

Can You Exercise During Eating Disorder Recovery?

Exercise is a great way to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being, but is it recommended during eating disorder recovery? Answers tend to vary amongst healthcare professionals, and the best advice is to always listen to your treatment team. However, one thing is typically agreed upon: when exercise is permitted, it should be mindful, joyful, and focused on improving well-being and the relationship with your body.

The Importance of Family and Loved Ones During Eating Disorder Recovery

hen it comes to eating disorder treatment and recovery, family and loved ones’ involvement in treatment can make a huge difference. Having an eating disorder may be an isolating experience, rife with shame, secrecy, and fear of judgment.

How to Overcome Shame in Eating Disorder Recovery

Shame is extremely common among people struggling with eating disorders, and it often contributes to the cyclical nature of an eating disorder by worsening symptoms.

How Eating Disorders Affect Pregnancy

Disordered eating and eating disorders can lead to several harmful consequences for the birthing parent and the baby, but seeking treatment as soon as possible can help rectify some of these risks and promote nutrition, healthy weight gain, and a healthier relationship with food. 

Signs a Loved One May Be at Risk of an Eating Disorder Relapse

Recovery is a lifelong process for those who have struggled or are struggling with an eating disorder. For some people, treatment may be enough to create lasting changes, but the reality is, struggling with recovery and even relapse is not an uncommon experience. 

Instagram’s Devastating Effects on Body Image and Eating Disorders

A recent study has revealed that social media apps, such as Instagram and Facebook, are knowingly creating mental health and body image issues in their younger users, particularly teen girls. Many of these body image issues may develop into eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. This may come as no surprise, given how many social media users curate a “perfect” version of their life that everyone else winds up comparing themselves to. Teen girls on Instagram are constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” bodies. These images are everywhere, from their Instagram feed to advertisements to the Explore page, and they are creating unrealistic and often unattainable ideals.It’s no wonder young users internalize this content, so much so that they struggle with body dissatisfaction, facial dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, among many other issues.

The Importance of Community During Eating Disorder Recovery

Often, stories of eating disorder recovery focus on the individual, what they have achieved, and how they have grown and healed. While celebrating these stories is a vital part of the recovery space, it’s also important to recognize how relationships and community play a role in eating disorder recovery. Treatment and recovery don’t occur in a vacuum—the connections recovering individuals make are invaluable to the healing process. A solid community of people in recovery can provide each other with validation, support, guidance, and a place to process difficult emotions, all while lifting each other up in times of triumph.

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