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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The American Beauty

Eating Recovery Center of Washington’s Dr. Neeru Bakshi was recently featured in an article discussing beauty standards in American culture.

Healthy but not curvy. Skinny but not bony. Muscular but not overly. Beauty in America has become as extreme as an obsession for many. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health shows that 90% of eating disorder patients are diagnosed between 18 and 25 and a rough 25% of college students have eating disorders.

Dr. Neeru Bakshi is the medical director for the Eating Recovery Center of Washington located in Bellevue. She is a Board-certified adult psychiatrist and specializes in adult and adolescent psychiatry. With experience in consultation/liason psychiatry, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, emergency partial hospitalization psychiatry but she too has seen the effects of today’s trends…

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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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