Posts Tagged ‘Research’

Why Practice Yoga as Part of Eating Disorder Treatment?

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By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT

Words aren’t the only way to connect to memories and feelings stored in the body. This is why we incorporate integrative therapies, including yoga, into treatment at The Emily Program.

Yoga is a practice of specific postures (asanas) linked with breath while incorporating a focused intention of moving inward for self-exploration or reflection and decreased anxiety and depression. In yoga, the mind is not separate from the body nor is the body separate from the mind. The Breath is the mechanism that bridges the gap between the two. When we discuss yoga here, we are referring to mind, body, and breath. When yoga is practiced with traditional methods, it is a practice of wholeness.

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The Neuroplasticity of the Brain

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In the last 10 years, the notion that eating disorders are biologically based illnesses has begun to gain significant traction both inside and outside the eating disorder community.

Following “The Decade of the Brain” in the ’90s and the explosion of research in brain chemistry, anatomy, and function, we now better understand how we are susceptible to eating disorders based on a pre-existing neurological status and how our personalities, behaviors, and experiences in eating disorders are all linked.

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What Do Genetics Have To Do with Eating Disorders?

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A common fact shared with clients and their families is that eating disorders are genetic. When we use terms like “genetic,” it often makes people wonder exactly how this illness might be inherited, especially if no close family members have the same illness. It also may make a parent wonder if there are hidden genetic factors that he/she passed onto the child, which could make a parent feel responsible for causing this illness.

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Athletes and Eating Disorders

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Female and Male Athletes are Susceptible to Disordered Eating

While sports and exercise are excellent ways to improve mental and physical health, grow self-esteem, and build relationships, the fact that athletes carry risk factors for disordered eating is one that shouldn’t be ignored. What makes athletes vulnerable to eating disorders? What should coaches, trainers, parents, and peers look out for?

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Eating Disorders Are Not a Teenage Phase

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Acknowledging the facts about eating disorders

In the not-so-distant past, eating disorders weren’t recognized by society – or even some medical professionals – as legitimate diseases. In fact, binge eating disorder wasn’t added to the eating disorder portion of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) until 2013, despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States.

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