A Healthy Body Is the New “Bikini-Ready” Body

Eating Recovery Center of California’s Dr. Anna Vinter was recently featured on Livestrong.com discussing seasonal pressures to lose weight and tips for a healthy summer.

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the pressure to slim down and get toned. Ads for diet and exercise products showcase ideal “bikini bodies,” while tabloids harshly rate the “Best and Worst Celebrity Beach Bodies.”

Sound familiar? As a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders, summer presents a unique challenge for individuals struggling with body-image concerns. Even among people with a healthy body image, the “beach-body ideal” can spark feelings of inadequacy and depression…

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Dr. Ovidio Bermudez Featured on CNN Español: Que es la Anorexia Nerviosa?

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Ovidio Bermudez was recently featured in a video on CNN Español discussing acute cases of Anorexia Nervosa.

El caso de una mujer que pesa 18 kilos y que hace pocos días pidió ayuda en internet para salvar su vida conmociono al mundo. El doctor Ovidio Bermúdez nos explica más sobre la anorexia…

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Woman Raises Money for Anorexia Treatment to Save Her Life

Eating Recovery Center’s Bonnie Brennan was recently featured in an article discussing Rachael Farrokh, 37, the woman that created an internet video to seek financial help for her eating disorder treatment.

During National Mental Health Awareness Month, one woman’s battle with mental illness stands out.

Rachael Farrokh, 37, has caught the attention of the media with her desperate situation, where she is literally fighting for her life.

Farrokh has been struggling with her diagnosis of anorexia nervosa for 10 years, and her husband Rod Edmonson, 41, is concerned that she may not live to fight the battle much longer, according to ABC News…

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Woman With Anorexia Makes Public Appeal to Help Save Her Life

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Philip Mehler was featured in an article on Yahoo.com discussing the “40 something pound” woman Rachel Farrokh.

A southern California woman suffering from a severe form of anorexia nervosa is publicly pleading for help now that her weight has spiraled out of control.

Rachael Farrokh, who is five-foot-seven and weighs just “40-something pounds” and has battled anorexia for 10 years. The 37-year-old actress posted a video to YouTube, detailing her ordeal and asking for financial donations to help her get the treatment she desperately needs…

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10 Surprising Facts All Women Need to Know About Their Health

Eating Recovery Center was recently featured in an article and slideshow on theactivetimes.com: “10 Surprising Facts All Women Need to Know about Their Health.”

“More than 20 million women are affected by eating disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, it’s estimated that just five to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are men, which means women are much more likely to develop an eating disorder. And as experts from Eating Recovery Center (ERC) point out, there are many myths surrounding the topic of eating disorders, including that they solely revolve around food. Many people don’t realize that they are complex illnesses, with biological, psychological and sociological underpinnings. According to ERC, anorexia has a higher mortality rate than any other mental illness and 90 percent of women who develop an eating disorder do so between the ages of 12 to 25…”

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UK “Beach Body Ready” ad ban underscores unhealthy body image messages in US ads (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “UK ‘Beach Body Ready’ ad ban underscores unhealthy body image messages in US ads”:

This week, the United Kingdom’s official advertising authority is making news for banning a poster ad campaign featuring model in bikini and the words “Are you beach body ready?” Following receipt of nearly 400 complaints insisting the protein shake ad is offensive, irresponsible and harmful because it promotes an unhealthy body image, the Advertising Standards Authority called for removal of the ads and is looking into whether the ad violates the UK code relating to “taste, decency and harm and offence,” which was designed to harness social irresponsibility on the part of companies selling products and services. In a widespread showing of support for the agency’s decision, over 50,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the weight-loss shake ads to be removed because they “body-shame” women…

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“Skinny shaming:” a new twist in body-shaming culture? (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “‘Skinny shaming:’ a new twist in body-shaming culture?”

Last week, E! News personality Giuliana Rancic appeared on The Today Show to address several current controversies, including outspoken criticism of her increasingly thin physique. In the interview, Rancic acknowledged her recent weight loss and explained that her thinness is a side effect from a breast cancer treatment medication she is taking and not a symptom of an eating disorder, as speculation suggested.

Criticism of an individual’s thin physique is an interesting development in our emerging body shaming culture. After all, our society tells us that being thin is attractive, and a very lean physique aligns with this widely accepted body ideal. You may also be familiar with fat shaming, which is overt criticism of bodies perceived to be larger than the cultural ideal…

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The Dark Side of “Motivational” Body Images

Eating Recovery Center’s Jeana Cost has a new blog post up on livestrong.com discussing the trouble about body-image messages.

Strong is the new sexy.
Lean is lovely.
Fit is the new black.

If you frequent Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed a growing number of fitness accounts promoting these or similar mantras. These posts often include “motivational” or “aspirational” photos of healthy, strong and fit women, as opposed to skinny or underweight women that have traditionally characterized our culture’s body ideal.

While this shift toward seemingly positive and healthy body-image messages is certainly a welcome departure from promoting an impossibly thin and often unattainable physique, there’s something troubling about these messages as well…

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Eating disorders in men and boys: five facts that may surprise you (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Eating disorders in men and boys: five facts that may surprise you”:

Eating disorders are not a women’s illness. Even so, the general public and healthcare community alike continues to struggle with understanding of a simple fact—eating disorders can and do affect men and boys. Modern gender constructs—how we think about the two sexes and what is masculine and feminine—tell us that only women diet, only women suffer intense body dissatisfaction in the face of the media’s impossible body ideal, and only women develop these serious diseases with the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

These widely accepted yet untrue gender constructs can be dangerous—lack of understanding of eating disorders in men and boys challenges accurate diagnosis and delays access to specialized treatment. Because family, friends, coaches and teachers often don’t realize eating disorders occur in males, eating disorder symptoms and warning signs often go unnoticed and are waived off as “a phase.” Even among the healthcare community, the myth that eating disorders are a women’s illness contribute to inaccurate diagnoses. This doesn’t mean clinicians are bad or inexperienced—the truth is that most medical and mental health training programs don’t address eating disorders specifically…

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Is it possible to exercise too much? (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Is it possible to exercise too much?”

Exercise is good for us—at least this is what our society tells us. And for the most part—this sentiment is accurate. Exercise supports general health by strengthening our hearts, lowering blood pressure, building strong bones and working out the muscles we need to support our daily activities. Exercise allows us to be social by playing on sports teams, jogging with a friend, participating in a charity walk with colleagues or taking a yoga class. Besides the physical and social benefits, exercise has been shown to have psychological benefits as well—the endorphins released during physical activity can reduce stress, ward off anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem and even improve the duration and quality of our sleep.

However, as the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing…

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