Cultivating Positive Body Image

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, "body image"? The true definition of body image is "one’s thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes about their physical appearance." It can be positive, negative, or in between, and it often can ebb and flow! It encompasses: What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, thoughts, and generalizations).How you feel about your body, including your overall size, height, shape, and weight.How you physically experience or feel Read more [...]

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 [...]