Eating Disorders in Children

The average onset of eating disorders in children unfortunately has decreased to age 12 (was 13-14).  It is important that we notice the symptoms in children with eating disorders because they often present much differently than adolescents and adults.   The Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment center, states that 42% of 1st to 3rd grade girls want to be thinner and 81% of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat.  Additionally, the most common form of bullying is about body Read more [...]

Exercise and Eating Disorders

Should exercise be integrated into eating disorder recovery?   Often times, individuals with eating disorders may also have exercise addiction, so recovery teams highly recommend abstinence from exercise.  However, there has recently been some research into how exercise can be beneficial in eating disorder recovery.   The research indicates that when nutritional needs are fulfilled, exercise may be safe in eating disorder treatment.  However, exercise must be closely monitored Read more [...]

Orthorexia: What is it and why is it unhealthy?

Did you know that it can be unhealthy to have an obsession with eating healthy? Orthorexia is a health condition that involves an individual having an unhealthy obsession with eating foods they label as healthy. Is orthorexia an eating disorder? Orthorexia is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5. It does however have similar characteristics that you may see in an individual with an eating disorder. The similarity is found in the obsession factor. An individual may live Read more [...]