Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession With Eating

Eating Recovery Center of Washington’s Executive Clinical Director, Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD discusses “Orthorexia: An unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.”

Do you obsess over the quality or purity of foods you consume?
Do you avoid restaurants, family gatherings and other settings where you can’t eat healthy or “clean”?
Does the thought of eating “normal” food make you anxious or upset?
Does your ability to adhere to your strict eating regimen define your worth?
If you answered yes to one or all of the questions posed above, you may be at risk for — or suffering from — orthorexia. Orthorexia, translated literally to “correct or right appetite,” is an emerging pattern of disordered eating characterized by an extreme obsession with healthy eating and avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy…

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Comedienne Kathy Griffin champions against body-shaming in Hollywood (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post ”Comedienne Kathy Griffin champions against body-shaming in Hollywood”:

I’ll be honest—I’ve never been much of a Kathy Griffin fan. I’ll giggle at one of the fire-haired comedienne’s jokes from time to time, but I’ve always found her to be slightly abrasive and her brand of comedy to border on mean-spirited—humorous, but often at someone else’s expense. However, news broke last week that Kathy quit her new gig as Joan Rivers’ replacement on E’s Fashion Police after just seven episodes. While she had signed on to continue Rivers’ “brash and eccentric” legacy on the long-running fashion commentary show, Griffin cites a resistance to body-shaming as her reason for leaving the show. In a world where criticizing celebrity body size, shape and weight has become commonplace and fodder for prime-time television programming, it’s refreshing to see a celebrity peer standing up and speaking out about this hurtful and dangerous practice…

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Many Colorado Preteens Impacted by Eating Disorders

Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ken Weiner and National Recovery Advocate, Robyn Cruze were recently featured in a CBS Denver video segment discussing Eating Disorders among Colorado Preteens.

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“Hot Mom” is back in the news—thoughts on the dangers of dieting (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “‘Hot Mom’ is back in the news—thoughts on the dangers of dieting”:

Maria Kang—aka “Hot Mom” or “Fit Mom”—is back in the news, having released a new book that outlines her “no excuses” approach for moms when it comes to dieting and exercise. Per her website, her new book is “…not about making you feel guilty for how you look, or ashamed of the choices you’ve made; it is about getting you to a place where you feel in control of your life, love your body, and are prioritizing health.” Yeah, okay, sure it is…

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De-stigmatizing Eating Disorders

Eating Recovery Center’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Weiner talks about the different ways that eating disorders manifest themselves—and how to recognize them.

Coloradans are considered a generally healthy crowd thanks to the state’s active culture, but the pressure to fit into an athletic and fit image can have negative effects, too. Case in point: The Centennial State has the fifth-highest percentage of kids with eating disorders in the U.S. It also boasts the country’s only privately owned psychiatric hospital exclusively devoted to the treatment of eating disorders. The Denver-based Eating Recovery Center sees an average of 125 patients per day at its Lowry facilities and offers all levels of care starting at age 10…

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The Secret Eating Disorder (You’ve Never Heard Of)

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Ovidio Bermudez was recently interviewed by Scholastic Choices magazine for their March issue: The Secret Eating Disorder (You’ve Never Heard Of).

Celebrities don’t talk about it. Doctors don’t always notice it. Even those with textbook cases of binge-eating disorder may not know it. Find out what happens when the food you turn to for comfort becomes your worst enemy…

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Eating Recovery Center helping those fighting food

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Colorado has the fifth highest rate of adolescent eating disorders in the U.S. Robyn Cruze, Eating Recovery Center’s National Recovery Advocate, said the vicious cycle of starving, binging and purging was triggered by childhood trauma. Learn more about Eating Recovery Center and Robyn’s story.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015: 4 eating disorder myths explained (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post”National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015: 4 eating disorder myths explained”:

We are nearing the end of #NEDAwareness Week 2015. These seven days are very close to my heart—throughout over three decades as a therapist in this field, I have seen the devastation that eating disorders can cause to wonderful people and caring families. Our society has come a long way with eating disorder awareness in the past decade—more people know that these mental illnesses exist, more people know how serious they are and more people know that they are not simply a lifestyle choice or a “diet gone wrong.” However, we still have a ways to go until everyone touched by an eating disorder has the best chance at lasting recovery.

To this end, humor me for a moment and close your eyes. In your mind, picture someone with an eating disorder. Now tell me—is the person you see very thin? Is the person you see a woman? Is the person you see in their teens or early 20s? Is the person you see white? If you’re like most people, you answered yes to all four of these questions. These are four shockingly common eating disorder myths, and in honor of NEDAW, I want to explain why these basic assumptions are wrong and challenge the accurate identification, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders…

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Don’t let an eating disorder control you

Don’t let an eating disorder control you. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, let’s make this week the week more people take back their lives.Let’s stand proud and talk about our recovery. Let’s reach out to others who may be suffering. Let’s show them how stronthey can be in the face of this disease.Let’s help anyone with an eating disorder #RecoverLife. Learn More.

#NEDAwareness Week 2015: learn, share, support and #RecoverLife (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post ”#NEDAwareness Week 2015: learn, share, support and #RecoverLife”: 

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015! Each year, #NEDAwareness Week represents a time during which members of the eating disorder community engages the general public in an effort to improve public understanding of eating disorders, including causes, triggers, effective treatment and lasting recovery. The more we all know about eating disorders, the sooner we can get help for ourselves and our loved ones and the more likely it is that the millions of individuals touched by these serious illnesses will find a life of lasting eating disorder recovery.

The theme of NEDAW 2015 is “I Had No Idea,” which alludes to the widespread misunderstanding about eating disorders that cause so many of us to overlook warning signs and symptoms, writing them off as insignificant behaviors or “a phase” someone is going through. As a therapist specializing in eating disorder treatment for over 30 years, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this sentiment from patients and families alike, most commonly…

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