Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorder: Society’s Influence Post 8

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Eating disorders affect people from many walks of life. The media recently spoke of the singer Kesha being treated for anorexia nervosa and there are often reports of other celebrities seeking treatment. In this video we talk about how our society may influence the perpetuation of eating disorders.

Eating Disorders: Medical Complications Post 7

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We’ve had a series on eating disorders over the past few months where we’ve covered a lot of information. Eating disorders are a true disease with serious complications. In this video blog, we’ll discuss the medical complications that can result from an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders: Various Types Post 6

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We’ve had a series on eating disorders over the past few months. Eating disorders come in all different shapes and sizes. Here we’ll discuss some of the various types of disorders.

Eating Disorders: Next Steps After Diagnosis Post 5

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We’ve had a series of video posts on eating disorders with information provided by Dr. Adrianne Altman. Now let’s talk about what happens after a teen is diagnosed. Who helps them in recovery? What are the treatment options? In the next group of videos I’ll share some of the common topics that I discuss with families tackling this challenging disease.

Eating Disorders: Treatment Options Post 4

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Treatment of eating disorders is complex and involves a team of specialists. It can range from hospital treatment to outpatient appointments and everything in between. In this post we’ll hear more from Dr. Adrianne Altman on the treatment options for teens with eating disorders.

Eating Disorders: Talking to your teen Post 3

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This is the 3rd post in our series on eating disorders. Here, guest Adrianne Altman offers more information on how to talk with your teen if you suspect and eating disorder.

Eating Disorders: Recovery and the Role of the Family Post 2

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This is the second post in our series on teens and eating disorders. Eating disorders are a complicated disease. Treatment goes well beyond the idea of ‘just eat and all will be ok.’ For anyone with an eating disorder, recovery takes a team of support and family is probably the most important part of that team. Here Dr. Adrianne Altman discusses the role of the family in recovery.

Eating Disorders: Signs and Symptoms post 1

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Eating Disorders come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be insidious, manipulative, can turn a family upside down, and have the potential to be deadly. I compare eating disorders to cancer: when the diagnosis is made, it takes an entire team, including parents, to save the life of the person affected. We wanted to address this topic in a series of video posts so we’ve asked an expert in the treatment of eating disorders to provide information on diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis. Dr. Adrianne Altman, the Regional Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Discovery, will be featured in the first videos of the series.

When is weight loss an eating disorder

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lettuce on plateOur culture places constant pressure on teens ( and adults) to lose weight. The trend in the US is towards obesity, with about a third of our population being considered overweight or obese, so the messaging about weight loss makes sense. But this constant message to lose weight can back fire. Often this pressure to be thin results in participation in fad diets, extreme workouts, and losing weight too quickly. All of these behaviors may be the start of an eating disorder, but the warning signs can be missed because the person losing weight is being complimented on their achievements.

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Overweight teens and bullying

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I know I’ve taken a break from my series because new studies in adolescent medicine keep come across my inbox that are interesting and sometimes scary. For example, a recent study found that teens ages 14-18 are a high risk for being bullied. This study looked at teens that were enrolled in weight loss camps. They found some very surprising findings. Read full post »