Archive | Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders Awareness – Get Screened, Get Help, Get Involved

  The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting individuals and families whose lives are touched by the devastation of eating disorders. NEDA provides resources for navigating treatment options, psychoeducation for support systems, and stories of hope in life in recovery. NEDA’s most anticipated time of year is at the end of February for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year from February 26th through […]

Treating Eating Disorders: The Importance of Self Care

Clinicians who work with eating disorders are highly dedicated professionals. Since eating disorders revolve around some very fundamental human experiences—eating to survive and how we feel about our bodies and ourselves—the work can stir up one’s own personal feelings about eating, body weight, and self-esteem. Taking time for physical and psychological self-care can be overlooked […]

Body Image and The Media: Examining its Effects on our Own Perceptions

I recently participated in raising student awareness of the different types of eating disorders and informed them about biological, psychological, and environmental factors that influence eating disorders.  The most memorable environmental factor discussed was how the media promote unrealistic standards of beauty and physical appearance. With this in mind, I thought a quick reminder of how the […]

There’s an App for That: Eating Disorders

A few weeks back we wrote about a few apps on the market that are designed to help people manage their mental health issues (check it out here). At this point, it may come as no surprise that there are apps that can help people in recovery from eating disorders as well. And unlike the […]

Holidays and Eating Disorders: Tips for Supporting a Loved One

The holiday season is officially upon us. As the weather gets chillier and the nights longer, we often look to counteract the cold with festive get-togethers and holiday celebrations. Many of us are also busy planning our holiday menus and traditional fare. While the focus on food around this time of year can be a […]

5 Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are a cluster of life-threatening mental illnesses that affect millions of women and men. 20 million American women and 10 million American men will struggle with a diagnosable eating disorder within their lifetime (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). These disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or […]

Binge Eating Disorder

Most people tend to overeat from time to time. However, certain recurring behaviors involving excessive overeating can actually be an indicator of something more concerning. As defined by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), binge eating disorder (BED) is “a type of eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory […]

[Video] Arden O’Connor & Zack Faas: Presentation on Eating Disorders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

OPG’s CEO Arden O’Connor and Clinical Coordinator Zack Faas recently gave a presentation on how OPG’s case management services have helped clients with eating disorders and co-occurring substance abuse issues. They reviewed some of our consulting procedures for helping families facing these challenges, and some case examples detailing how our case managers work with such […]

[AUDIO]: OPG Recovery Coaches Featured on Common Ground Radio Show

Last week, our friends at Common Ground radio kindly invited two of our Recovery Coaches to be featured on a broadcast. Hands-on, community based support for addicts, alcoholics, eating disorder patients, and mental health patients is a topic of growing interest in the media. Martha Bebinger and WBUR’s CommonHealth blog recently ran a lengthy feature […]