We previously discussed research on "fitspiration" and the association between disordered eating and social media use, which suggests there is a relationship between social media and eating disorder behaviors. In a similar line of inquiry, a recent study looked specifically at fitness trackers (those trendy apps people use to record things like steps, calories, and heart rate) and eating disorder thoughts and behaviors.
Many individuals with an eating disorder also struggle with alcohol and drugs. The co-occurrence of eating disorders and substance use disorders may have profound negative effects on health and quality of life. Because the relationship between the two conditions is complex and intertwined, The Emily Program has designed a program that addresses the eating disorders and substance use disorder at the same time. Dr. Jason Reed, Director of the Integrated Eating Disorder/Substance Use Disorder (ED/SUD) program, answers a few questions for us about the program's philosophy and structure.
Binge eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder in the US, affecting an estimated 3-5% American adults. Binge eating disorder can have serious consequences, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure/cholesterol, adult onset diabetes, social isolation, anxiety, and depression. However, many of those impacted do not receive treatment.
Thank you for being a support person. For understanding. For speaking up. For listening without judgment. For learning about a complex illness. For being there to make someone laugh during a tough moment. For just being there.
Sometimes clients are concerned that they will need to give up being a vegan or vegetarian to participate in eating disorder treatment at The Emily Program.