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.
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.
Someone who is struggling with binge eating disorder experiences recurring episodes in which they eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. These binge eating episodes often result in shame, disgust, guilt, and depression. While binge eating disorder can occur in people of any body shape or size, it frequently occurs in people who live in a higher body weight.
The holidays are just around the corner, and given the rollout of vaccines earlier this year, it may be the first time that families are gathering since COVID-19 hit the United States. For some, the rebirth of the holiday season may be a silver lining in the otherwise devastating human toll this deadly pandemic has taken. But the notion of seeing family, and being in front of so much food, can be stressful for many people, especially those recovering from an eating disorder.No matter what or how you celebrate, there are a few things all holidays generally have in common: family or friends, get-togethers and, of course, food. In addition, holidays can have a lot of associated expectations and be reminders of people, places and situations that can be painful. All in all, holidays can bring up a lot of varied emotions. If you are recovering from an eating disorder, here are some tips on how to thrive, not just survive, during this anxiety-inducing time.
Eating disorders like binge eating disorder, atypical anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa often co-occur with substance use disorders. These conditions, when they occur on their own, can cause significant impairment in many aspects of a person’s life—and when they occur together, the physical, mental, and social consequences are often compounded. Having a substance addiction can complicate eating disorder treatment outcomes and vice versa, which is why it’s essential that individuals receive comprehensive treatment that addresses both conditions.
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.
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.