This week marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help bring awareness to a serious health issue affecting more than 30 million people, we’re sharing some myths about eating disorders — and the truth about them — from Dr. Allison Chase of the Eating Recovery Center. 9 Myths About Eating Disorders — and the Truth While there have been recent, tremendous breakthroughs in the science and treatment of eating disorders, widespread misconceptions remain that challenge identification, diagnosis, and early intervention of the disease. Myth 1: Eating disorders aren’t serious illnesses. Truth: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder…

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Here’s a scary and rarely discussed stat: eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and suicide rates are 23 percent higher in those with eating disorders than in the general population. In addition, for those with eating disorders, rates of death are elevated compared to those suffering from other mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Because this topic is so important — and alarmingly, on the rise — we reached out to Jamie Manwaring, primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, for her tips on how to talk to a loved one…

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Today’s post comes from Jillian Lampert who has a PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED and is the chief strategy officer for The Emily Program, a specialized eating disorder treatment program with locations in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. She has worked for The Emily Program since 2006 and is the president and co-founder of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, whose main goal is to ensure access to eating disorder care. One of her main goals in life is to raise her daughter to accept and love her body. Read on for more info on the types of eating disorders along…

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In today’s show, we chat about how to confront and defuse rabid sugar cravings, what to do when you encounter a cookie in the conference room, how to come to terms with a history of eating disorders and body image issues, and the no willpower way to build impulse control.

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