‘To the Bone’: Triggering or Truthful?

In the wake of “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix recently produced another controversial film that’s been causing quite a stir. “To the Bone” follows Ellen, an anorexic teen whose family sends her to eating disorder treatment…that barely resembles actual therapy. To set the record straight on eating disorder counseling and therapy realities, The Recovery Village interviewed Christina Purkiss, program director at … Read More

The Role of Weight Restoration And Nutrition Education In Recovery

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Weight restoration is the treatment goal every anorexic eating disorder patient feels undoubtedly the most uneasy about. Three years ago, I was a new patient in an eating disorder treatment center, and I remember when the term was first brought up to me— “once you’re weight-restored, we will…” I didn’t remember the rest. “Weight restored?!” I exclaimed. “I’m just here … Read More

What Is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)?

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We live in a society that’s obsessed with being thin. You can’t turn on the TV or go on social media without seeing an advertisement encouraging you to exercise more or lose weight so you can have an “ideal” body. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant … Read More

How Eating Disorders Ruin Teeth

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People struggling with anorexia, bulimia or binge eating issues can often find themselves dealing with more than just dietary complications. Studies show that eating disorders can have a negative impact on a person’s oral health as well. Let’s look at these eating disorders and learn how oral health is affected in the process. Anorexia Persons suffering from anorexia go through … Read More

Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Linked To Anorexia?

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“Where do eating disorders derive from?” This is a question specialists, psychologists, and experts in feeding disorders are regularly asked. Those living with an eating disorder (I can attest to this) ask it as well: “Why am I this way and why do I feel this way towards food?” When I was first diagnosed with anxiety co-occurring with obsessive-compulsive disorder … Read More

How Pregnancy Affects Eating Disorders

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She already felt like she just wasn’t enough. Her job didn’t seem good enough. Her personality wasn’t outgoing enough, and she felt strongly that her appearance wasn’t “right” enough. Over the past year, more than one friend commented that she looked a little heavier. Last week, two of her co-workers struck up a lengthy conversation about their new gym membership … Read More

The Truth About Your Teeth And Anorexia Or Bulimia

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Anorexia and bulimia are well known and often recognized for their awful medical complications and side effects, including everything from heart failure, onset osteoporosis, troubles during childbirth, disrupted digestion, or death. Anorexia is acknowledged predominately as having the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. But, what about your teeth? Or general oral health? In a 2012 study conducted by … Read More

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment: What Can I Expect?

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No one was home, so he knew now was his chance. He opened the fridge and found the food he thought would be there. He opened a container and grabbed a fork. If he started eating, he knew it would be highly unlikely he could stop, but he thought it’d be different this time. He’d just have a couple of … Read More

Is Recovery From Body Dysmorphic Disorder Possible?

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We’ve all heard it—the age-old question we ask our partners as we put on an outfit: “Do I look good/okay/fat/thin in this?” The Body Image Center concluded in a study of women and men all around America that over 70% of women between the ages of 18-30 are dissatisfied with how they look, and nearly 50% of men. I’d venture … Read More

How Empty Nest Syndrome Can Lead To An Eating Disorder

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He’d left only three months ago, but it hurt her mother’s heart like it was just yesterday. She’d always been the last one to talk to him before he left, and she’d pull into the driveway next to his car daily. Dinner conversations. His shoes by the doorway. His voice calling down the stairs. Now, they were all gone because … Read More