While many people believe eating disorders predominately affect teenaged, straight, cisgender females, disordered eating is a disease that can affect anyone, at any age and from all walks of life. This includes any race, socioeconomic status, as well as any gender identity or sexual orientation. In fact, research has consistently shown that eating disorders disproportionately impact the LGBTQIA+ community. Gay males are thought to represent only 5% of the total male population, but among males who have eating disorders, 42% identify as gay.
No Diet Day: Balanced Eating For Health
On May 6th, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Network observes No Diet Day, to encourage the rejection of diet culture and respect for all body shapes and sizes. As a member of the NEDA Network, we are talking about balanced eating for your health.
A Focus on Whole-Person Health
This month marks the 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when mental health allies nationwide come together to raise awareness for and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with a mental illness, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.
Stress Awareness Month: 9 Ways to Practice Self-Care
In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we are sharing 9 ways to practice self-care in recovery.
Self-care can sometimes be the same as self-preservation and in your recovery, it’s a necessity and also a healthy way to find peace and joy. Regular self-care is a critical part of sustaining recovery from an eating disorder.
Make A Resolution To Practice Self-Care
You’ve successfully made it through another holiday season. This may not have been an easy feat, considering all the focus on festive food and possibly stressful family gatherings. Now you are looking towards a new year and moving forward in a positive direction.
EDs Don’t Take Holidays Off: Ways to Support Your Loved One This Season
While the holidays are a time most people look forward to, they can often magnify personal struggles for people with eating disorders. The combination of dealing with the anxiety of being around extended family, and the accentuated focus on food, can be a major trigger for many.
Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Disproportionate Impact
When the majority of people think about those diagnosed with eating disorders, the stereotype that comes to mind is usually a straight, white, female adolescent. Based on our own experience at Veritas Collaborative, the reality is that eating disorders can cross any cultural, racial, sexual orientation, or financial lines, affecting people of virtually any walk of life.
A Changing Tide for Males with Eating Disorders
It can be mighty frustrating to be a male with an eating disorder. On top of battling a life-threatening illness, you’re faced with limitations in treatment options, stereotypes from the general public, and a lack of understanding that males suffer from eating disorders, too.
Veritas Collaborative Now Offering Nasogastric (NG) Tube Feeding Services
Veritas Collaborative, a Specialty Behavioral Health Hospital for children and adolescents with eating disorder diagnoses, now offers nasogastric (NG) tube feeding services for patients determined to be in need of this treatment.
The Metaphor of Butterflies
During the summer, the patients at Veritas Collaborative enjoy watching the metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies. These furry little creatures go through a great deal of change in two short weeks, similar to the remarkable changes our patients make during their recovery process here at Veritas.
Why Eating Disorders Can’t Afford to Wait
June 2 marks World Eating Disorders Action Day, when members of the eating disorder community – affected individuals, families, friends, professionals, researchers and policymakers – unite virtually to increase access to accurate information, debunk myths and advocate for resources and policy change. This year, the focus is “Eating Disorders Can’t Afford to Wait” and we are joining in on the conversation.
Cultivating Positive Body Image
Every day, Americans are inundated with approximately 4,000 media messages. Many of the messages target our kids with distorted ideas about how they should look and act. Kids of all ages and adults often perceive messages and images on social media as authentic, rather than taking into account that many of these photos have been filtered, digitally altered, or worse, completely distorted.
Contributing to the Education on Pediatric Eating Disorders for Medical Students
Q&A with Dr. Preeti Matkins
If you’ve ever met Dr. Preeti Matkins, then you know how fortunate we are to have her at the helm of Veritas Collaborative’s Charlotte Clinic. As an expert in adolescent pediatrics, Dr. Matkins is committed to her patients’ recovery from eating disorders and relies on a 26-year career of science-based practice to create positive outcomes for families. It’s that passion for adolescent health that inspired her to give back to the medical community as a contributing author to the seventh edition of Blueprints Pediatrics, a review book for medical students.
We sat down with Dr. Matkins to find out more about her work as a contributing author.
Balanced Eating for Health
Nutrition is a hot topic year round, however come January it seems the presence of the newest nutrition fads takeover social media, bookstores, news articles and general conversation. It’s not uncommon to hear comments about “good foods vs. bad foods” as you’re checking out at the grocery store from a cashier, who then proceeds to go on about their newest diet plan. Amongst all these food “beliefs” it raises a question that we hope everyone would take a moment to consider – what is balanced eating for health?
Breaking the Stigma: 7 Truths About Eating Disorders
Despite common misconceptions, eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, body shape or weight, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They are serious illnesses, and an individual is not able to choose whether or not they develop an eating disorder. Unfortunately, societal misunderstandings, pressures, and stigmas often deter accurate diagnosis and prevent access to care.
Baby Boomers and Eating Disorders: The Rise of Disordered Eating at Midlife and Beyond
No age or gender is immune to eating disorders. Eating disorders can flare up repeatedly throughout a person’s life, or even make a first-time appearance at middle age. In fact, at Veritas Collaborative, we are seeing an increase in men and women at midlife and beyond seeking treatment for disordered eating.
Treating Patients with Eating Disorders: It Takes a Village
The treatment of eating disorders is one of healthcare’s most complex therapeutic pathways. Helping patients achieve recovery requires a sustained, collaborative, and multidisciplinary approach, tailored to the unique needs of the individual and family. And that’s just the start. Elisha Contner Wilkins, MS, LMFT, CEDS, executive director of Veritas Collaborative’s Richmond, Virginia, facility, shares her perspective on what it takes to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with eating disorders.
You’re More Than A Number (Even in College)
Whether you are in recovery from an eating disorder or someone simply entering college for the first time, the first year of university life can be a scary and stressful experience.
Missing School Should Not Prevent Seeking Treatment
For most adolescents, school is the place they spend the most time, energy and attention. It is where they learn, socialize, eat, play, and make plans for their future. When an adolescent is facing the possibility of needing a high level of care for an eating disorder, school issues can become a barrier to seeking inpatient/residential treatment.
NEDAwareness Week 2013
NEDAwareness Week, the largest education and outreach effort on Eating Disorders in the United States, is taking place February 24 through March 2, 2013. This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody.”