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Calls for Help with Eating Disorders Increase During Pandemic

January 12, 2021 / Scripps National News

Calls for help with eating disorders have been increasing during the pandemic among both adults and kids.

The latest numbers from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, or ANAD, show calls to their helpline have almost quadrupled. They were seeing around 80 calls a month prior to the pandemic. Now, it’s around 230.

“The isolation that people were feeling at the beginning in some ways has become even more protracted just because of the duration of this pandemic and the continued stay-at-home measures and the social distancing precautions and things like that. Then, there’s the continued uncertainty about the future,” said Lynn Slawsky, Executive Director at ANAD.

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The Perfect Storm: Why Eating Disorders Thrive on College Campuses

December 17, 2020 / Kent Wired

Eating disorders on college campuses are often normalized as part of college living – skipping breakfast before an early class because you woke up late, forgoing meals before going out, or having “sleep for dinner.”

“You could say somebody might have food preoccupation, or negative body image, or an unhealthy relationship with food,” said Dr. Maria Rago, President of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. “You don’t have to have even a full blown eating disorder in order for eating and body image issues to greatly affect your quality of life.”

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The Dangerous Dark Side of Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

January 7, 2021 / New York Post

“Intermittent fasting was another excuse for me to get in-depth with controlling my body,” White said. “But it accelerated everything for me.”

Indeed, Lynn Slawsky, executive director of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, said the trendy diet can lead to risky behaviors.

“Your body is being starved when intermittent fasting happens,” said Slawsky. “People may develop binge eating disorder or bulimia as a result, leading to all sorts of other physical and psychological problems.”

She added that it can be particularly triggering for vulnerable populations who are already susceptible to disordered eating — and for whom the diet serves as a cover.

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Zoom Is Really Triggering My Eating Disorder

July 8, 2020 / SELF

Although mirror therapy can be intimidating, when done under the care of an expert, it can also help people with eating disorders learn to manage the emotions and impulses their reflections can cause. The actual mirror-gazing is typically done in short bursts of 20 minutes or so, Maria Rago, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and president of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), tells SELF, with preparation and debriefing on either end. It’s also typically done with support. In a therapist’s office, facing your body in a mirror is meant to help your brain make sense of your stomach as just a stomach and your chin as just a chin. Your therapist is always there, offering words of gentle encouragement.

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