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Eating Disorders In Young Children On The Rise

Eating disorders are dangerous at any age, but the greatest risks occur for children under 12. More and more children have been hospitalized for anorexia and bulimia in recent years. In fact, according to Dr. Eric Yancy, the hospitalization rates rose 119 percent for children under the age of 12 between 1999 and 2006. Associated …

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Wilderness Therapy Helps Heal Body Perceptions, Increase Life Skills

Adventure-based therapy, or wilderness therapy, is an established treatment option for people with eating disorders. It is usually given in addition to standard treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy. ABT is a regular feature of some eating-disorder treatment programs. An ABT outing can last one day or several. Groups may go cave crawling, canoeing, or …

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Why Yoga Practice Eases Eating Disorder Symptoms

Exercise that focuses on burning calories, losing weight, or sculpting the body can play into the fear and body dissatisfaction that underlies eating disorders. Even if aerobic or toning exercise goals are met, a thinner and more shapely individual with an eating disorder will still see a distorted self-image in their mind’s eye – or …

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Why Practicing Tai Chi May Benefit Your Recovery

When recovering from an eating disorder, strenuous exercise may not be an option, but a gentle activity such as tai chi might be suitable and beneficial. The movements of tai chi are slow and will not leave you breathless, yet this form of exercise improves flexibility, balance, and muscle strength and provides some aerobic conditioning. …

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Why Mindful Eating Helps Address Eating Disorder Symptoms

All human beings have the ability to be mindful. If you are alive you have awareness, and mindfulness is being aware of (observing) life instead of thinking about it. It is noticing without having an opinion about what you are noticing. We can think about what we feel and see, or we can simply observe. …

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Why Artificial Sweeteners Can Cause Overeating

Although we may believe food and drink made with artificial sweeteners help us lose weight, research suggests the opposite is true. The reason diet foods can trigger overeating and weight gain has to with a hormone called leptin. Leptin is an appetite regulating hormone that signals our brain when we have taken in enough calories …

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Whitewashed Beauty Ideals And Disordered Eating

Common complaints about the media include the fascination with oversexed, underfed celebrities and models. But another danger lurks beneath the surface of those skewed beauty ideals: the idea that white women are the epitome of beauty. Different cultures believe in different standards of beauty, but those cultures’ ideas of beauty are slowly edged out in …

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What You Need To Know When Dating Someone With An Eating Disorder

Dating is complicated, but it can become even more difficult when an eating disorder is thrown into the mix. Here are some tips that could help you if you are dating someone who is suffering from an eating disorder: It’s Not All About Food The first thing you should understand about your loved one’s eating …

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Using The Breath To Clear And Calm Our Mind

When the mind is quiet, breathing naturally slows. As thoughts become stimulated or agitated, our breathing rate increases. Fortunately, the reverse is just as true. We can influence our state of mind by using controlled breathing techniques—some of which are simple and take little time. Breathing As Symptom Management We can use our breath to …

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USDA Organic: What Are The Standards Behind The Symbol?

A growing number of today’s consumers are shopping for organic foods and look for the USDA Organic Seal on food packaging to ensure the product is organically grown. So, what are the standards behind the symbol? USDA Organic: What It Means The USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) defines organic agriculture as producing food products with …

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