10 Truths About Eating Disorders

Let's Get Real About Eating DisordersIt’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and in honor of this year’s theme, “Let’s Get Real,” here are 10 Truths About Eating Disorders you should know:

1. Eating disorders do not discriminate – they affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, body weights, and socioeconomic statuses.

2. You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.

3. Genetics and the environment both play a role in the development of eating disorders.

4. Eating disorders are not a choice.

5. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

6. You don’t have to feel fully ready to give up your eating disorder to get treatment.

7. Dieting is a common (and preventable!) catalyst for developing an eating disorder.

8. Disordered eating (unhealthy eating behaviors that do not meet the full criteria for an eating disorder) should not be dismissed as “not that bad.” It’s a serious health concern that needs attention and treatment.

9. Full recovery is possible, and the sooner someone gets help, the better the chances of recovery.

10. Recovery isn’t easy, but it is worth it.

Inspired by these posts from AED and NEDA.

Performance Nutrition for Dancers

dancer in arabesque

I love this time of year when the weather turns cool and fall dance season is in full swing. As I spend my time off trying to see as many dance performances as possible, my time in the office is spent helping my dancer clients fine tune their nutrition habits … [Continue reading...]

Weighing in on “To the Bone”

Eating Disorders Expert Movie Review

As a Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, To the Bone, the Netflix movie about a young woman with anorexia nervosa, has been a recent hot topic among my eating disorder colleagues and in my sessions with clients. Lead actress, Lily Collins, … [Continue reading...]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

NEDAW 2016: 3 Minutes Can Save a Life

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “3 Minutes Can Save a Life. Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy,” highlights the importance of early detection and intervention. The sooner someone gets treatment for an eating disorder, the … [Continue reading...]

7 Vegetarian Diet Myths – Busted!

Vegetarian Diet Myths

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or know someone who is, you have probably heard one of these myths. It’s time to reveal the truth about these all too common misconceptions and hopefully put them to rest once and for all. Let the myth busting begin.7 … [Continue reading...]

In Honor of Independence Day: Find Your Freedom from Diets and Disordered Eating

Happy 4th of July!

As we celebrate the Fourth of July- often with barbecues and other food-related events - take a moment to reflect on how your relationship with food and weight may be standing in the way of your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.This Independence Day, … [Continue reading...]

Top 5 Dancer Diet Mistakes

Dancer Diet Mistakes

Dancers are artistic athletes. They need the strength and energy to meet the physical demands of training and performing and they also need to maintain the aesthetic requirements of their art. Figuring out the best way to eat to achieve both can be … [Continue reading...]

The Dangers of Dieting

Dieting and Eating Disorders

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and this year’s theme, “I Had No Idea,” focuses on raising awareness about the possible triggers and warning signs of eating disorders. Being able to recognize these signs, symptoms, and contributing factors makes … [Continue reading...]