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A Closer Look at Eating Disorders and Suicide

Talking openly about eating disorders is never easy; it can be a difficult topic, and its implications can make us uncomfortable. In addition, we come to one of the most challenging—and most necessary—conversations to be had about eating disorders, and that is the connection between eating disorders and suicide. Eating Disorder Mortality Rates It is no secret that eating disorders are associated with significantly elevated mortality rates. Sometimes, eating disorder-related deaths come about due to medical complications, but a substantial percentage are due to suicide. To offer just one sobering example: Individuals with anorexia are about 31 times more likely…

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Eating Disorder Recovery and the End of Summer

When summer first comes, it’s always exciting. For many, it means a break from school. It brings to mind days full of sunshine, and means vacation, blockbuster movies, and more. By the time summer starts winding down, however, it has lost its luster. Many of us are long tired of the hot, humid weather, and are perhaps feeling a bit sluggish in our summer revelry. We may be more or less ready for fall’s return. All of this can make the final stretch of summer particularly difficult for those in eating disorder recovery. Simply put: At the end of summer,…

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Putting Your Recovery First As You Go Back to School

For many students, the back-to-school season brings a combination of excitement and nerves. You’re sorry to see your summer vacation come to an end, and maybe a little bit apprehensive about the social and academic challenges of a new school year—but at the same time, it’s fun to get back in the swing of things, to reconnect with friends, and to be introduced to new teachers, subjects, and experiences. Of course, if you are in recovery for an eating disorder, the nerves may outweigh the excitement. Recovery is all about coping effectively with daily stresses—and the back to school season…

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Eating Disorder Awareness is Urgent. Here’s Why.

Frequently, we talk about the concept of stigma as it relates to eating disorders. Though countless men and women, boys and girls struggle daily with eating disorders—and some of them lose their lives because of it—there remains much misinformation about what eating disorders are, and how they affect body and mind. People do not feel comfortable speaking honestly or openly about eating disorders. As such, those who struggle often feel like they must do so in silence, never seeking the treatment they deserve. This breaks our hearts, because we know how dangerous eating disorders are, but also how much treatment…

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Eating Disorders in the Transgender Community

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they affect individuals from all age groups, genders, ethnicities and lifestyles. Though none are exempt from eating disorders, it is also important to point out that some populations have a higher risk factor than others. One community that is at an especially high risk for eating disorders: The transgender community. Sobering New Research Such is the finding of new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This is not completely surprising, as previous studies have confirmed that others in the LGBT community have higher-than-normal odds for eating disorders. For example, gay and bi-sexual men…

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Male Eating Disorders: More Common Than You Think

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders—prevalent in both female and male populations. Unfortunately, that truth may come as a bit of a surprise to the public. Despite plenty of clinical literature showing eating disorders to be gender-blind, the common misconception is that it is primarily women who battle these destructive diseases. A recent study in Psychiatric Times confirms this. “Eating disorders are often thought of as a ‘female problem,’” the article states. “Even researchers, advocates and treatment providers who are aware that these disorders affect men and boys are plagued by misinformation.” The study provides an example: It is often…

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Getting Involved as a Recovery Ally

There is never a bad time to have an honest conversation about eating disorders; never a wrong moment to break past some of the stigma that surrounds eating disorders; never a poor day to be an advocate for recovery. Do you want to get involved in speaking up about eating disorder awareness? There is no time like the present. June 2 has been set aside as World Eating Disorder Action Day, a special occasion on which eating disorder professionals, advocates, allies, and those in recovery can all come together to elevate the dialogue and speak some truth about eating disorders.…

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Eating Disorder Action Day

Eating disorders are common—impacting individuals of all ages, genders, and lifestyles—they remain clouded in stigma. There is neither enough open dialogue about eating disorders, nor enough understanding of what an eating disorder truly entails. We’ve got to take action to change all of that—and soon, there will be an opportunity to do exactly that: June 2, 2016, has been declared the first annual World Eating Disorder Action Day—a prime chance for all of us to raise the dialogue, fight back against the stigma, and increase awareness for the eating disorder community. So what is this day all about? According to…

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National Women’s Health Week

May 8 through May 14 has been designated as 2016’s National Women’s Health Week—a great opportunity to elevate the dialogue regarding the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of all the ladies out there. This dialogue must include a frank discussion of eating disorders, which continue to pose a lethal threat to women of all ages and backgrounds. Eating disorders are all too common among women. In fact, it is estimated that some 20 million American women struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life. There are many different types of eating disorders that impact women—anorexia, bulimia, binge…

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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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