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Category Archives: Binge Eating Disorder

The Importance of the Anna Westin Act

Some 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders—yet in many ways, there remains a big deficit in treatment and care opportunities. While we certainly try to do our part here at Castlewood, the truth is that many healthcare providers and school officials are unsure of what to do when they encounter someone with an eating disorder. A pending piece of legislation is seeking to change that, though. The bill in question is called the Anna Westin Act of 2015, and its mission is simple: The Anna Westin Act seeks to provide healthcare providers and school officials with training, instructing them…

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What is Normalized Eating? Balancing Nourishment and Pleasure

There is a term that we often use in eating disorder recovery—normalized eating. It certainly sounds good, but what does it mean? The first thing to understand is that, for those who struggle with an eating disorder, the experience of eating is attended by intense shame and anxiety. It is a normal, everyday thing for most of us, but for those who have an eating disorder, eating a meal can be imprisoning. That is what makes it so important to provide a new relationship to food and to eating—what we call normalized. Normalized eating means you get to enjoy your…

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What are the Health Consequences of Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are commonly classified as mental illnesses—and rightly so: They are seldom really about food or eating, but rather stem from trauma, stress, and other psychological motivators. And yet, though they may be psychological at their root, their effects can be decidedly physical. Complications from Eating Disorders Indeed, eating disorders can lead to a number of bodily complications—including some serious and even life-threatening health consequences. As an example, consider some of the health consequences of anorexia nervosa: Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure Reduction of bone density Muscle loss and weakness Severe dehydration, sometimes leading to kidney…

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How Do Eating Disorders Affect the Heart?

Eating disorders are serious—even life-threatening. That’s because eating disorders are never really about food, nor are they merely about body image or self-esteem. Eating disorders are all-encompassing in their destruction; they have a savage effect on body and mind alike. That includes a negative effect on the cardiovascular system, putting eating disorder patients at a much higher risk for potentially fatal heart disease. That’s an ill effect of eating disorders that often goes unmentioned, yet it’s critical to understand the ways in which eating disorders take their toll on the body. And since February is American Heart Month, there is…

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How to Stop Binge Eating: Steps You Can Take Starting Today

The most common eating disorder in the United States today is binge eating. Although it can be treated in an outpatient setting and there may not be a medical emergency to signal a serious problem, binge eating disorder (BED) remains responsible for health risks, as sufferers are more likely to be severely overweight. The dangers from this eating disorder affect men, women, children and adolescents of all races, and levels of education and income. Binge eating differs from bulimia and anorexia, in that the individuals do not purge or withhold food afterwards to counteract the binges. However, binge eating is…

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