Get ready! September 22 - 26 is Weight Stigma Awareness Week. I'm challenging YOU to participate. Here's how...Read More
Validation is a key skill for families to learn in order to help decrease emotional reactivity, reduce distress, increase self-esteem, increase communication, and facilitate problem solving. Here are the 6 steps of validation...Read More
It’s the beginning of a new year and that means that our media is inundated with diet and weight loss recommendations, tips, and success stories all meant to help you create the “new, thinner, happier, and all-around better version of you.” What the media doesn’t tell you is that diets don’t work in the long-term; in fact, they can lead to weight gain and disordered eating...Read More
I’ve been hearing a lot of cranky comments lately about “…it’s for their own good” and “…they need to suck it up and get a thicker skin” as it relates to the ‘right’ to comment on the size or shape of a stranger’s body. While...Read More
Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, founder of BingeBehavior.com, and Chevese Turner, founder of BEDA, are spearheading a call-to-action campaign whose aim is to encourage the First Lady Michelle Obama to not appear on The Biggest Loser next month (November 2013) to promote the "Let's Move!" Campaign in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Read More...Read More
With the start of a new school year, many students, ranging from pre-k to college, often begin to feel anxious. Going back-to-school often goes along with many stressors. Here are 7 tips to help your child with back-to-school anxiety...Read More
Life is full of transitions – beginning college, starting a new job, becoming a parent, getting married, getting divorced, and retiring are just a few of the most commonly experienced life changes. The fact is, whether changes are perceived as positive or negative, they can be stressful. Here are 5 tips to help you survive life transitions...Read More
I attended a Twitter Chat last night with "Almost Anorexic" authors Dr. Jennifer Thomas, of Harvard Medical School, and Jenni Schaefer, a best-selling author on eating disorder recovery and NEDA ambassador (if you missed the chat, you can check it out on Twitter at #AEDchat). After the chat, I looked more into the book and its resources and I immediately added it to my library. Here's why...Read More
Last Monday, June 3, the White House hosted a day-long conference to help kick off a national conversation about mental health in the United States. The conference centered around three points that are integral to this conversation: reducing stigma, access to care, and the real possibility of recovery.Read More
Yesterday's blog post discussed the causes of binge eating disorder (BED) - biological, psychological, and social factors all play a role in the development of BED. Due to the variety of factors that are involved in the cause of BED, it is important that they each be addressed when treating the disorder (see the figure below).Read More
While the exact cause of binge eating disorder (BED) is unknown, there are a variety of factors that are thought to influence the development of this disorder, including biological, psychological, and social factors.Read More
As a mental health professional who works with eating disorders, I find that all eating disorders are commonly misperceived; however, in my experience, binge eating disorder (BED) is perhaps more misunderstood than the others. Here I debunk five common myths about BED.Read More
Today kicks off the first day of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Week! To help support the aims of BED Week, I'm challenging you to harness your social media power and do just one thing each day this week to help dispel myths about BED, spread accurate information, and raise awareness about this lesser known eating disorder.
HB 3227, the bill calling for eating disorders to be added to the list of serious mental illnesses requiring health insurance coverage in the state of Texas, did not make it through the Senate last week. Thank you to all who participated in getting the bill through the House, as this was a difficult task. Your phone calls, office visits, testimonies, emails and letters were very influential.
My supervisor, Dr. Millie Cordaro, and I are hosting a workshop next Friday, May 24th. This workshop was inspired by our experience within the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) profession. Our aim is to provide other future counselors with the information they need to know to navigate the process of successfully attaining licensure, while keeping their own mental health intact.Read More