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Eating Disorder Recovery and Grief

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Eating disorders and grief have a multifaceted, complex relationship. Eating disorders may arise following a traumatic situation, after a loss, or during any period of grief. In addition to potentially being a provoking factor in the development of an eating disorder for predisposed individuals, grief may also complicate recovery and may make it more challenging. On top of this, individuals in recovery may also find themselves grieving their eating disorder, which adds another layer of difficulty onto the recovery process.

What is Grief?

Grief is a normal, albeit overwhelming, response to a loss of any kind. While grief is typically associated with death, grief can also follow a variety of experiences including relationship loss, a decline in health, miscarriage, physical or sexual assault, loss of a dream, etc.  

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Episode 3: The Diet Culture Machine

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Episode description:

Diet culture is an insidious ideology that worships thinness, demonizes those that don’t adhere to the beauty standard, and oppresses those who are not viewed as “healthy.” Hilmar Wagner, a dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, joins Peace Meal to talk nutrition, diets, and why we’ve been evolutionarily conditioned to be preoccupied with food.

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Physical Effects of Binge Eating Disorder

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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder is an eating disorder that is denoted by excessive food intake, often driven by a need to soothe negative emotions. Those suffering from binge eating disorder (BED) repeatedly and uncontrollably eat extreme amounts of food, often resulting in obesity. Following episodes of bingeing, those with BED usually experience feelings of guilt, shame, or distress. In an attempt to regain control, individuals may begin to restrict food or try restrictive dieting, which often ends in another episode of bingeing, making weight loss challenging. This cycle of bingeing and restricting is challenging to break without professional treatment.

Binge eating disorder was added to the DSM-5 in 2013. According to the DSM-5, the key diagnostic features of binge eating disorder that must be met are:

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Staff Spotlight, Anna Roth

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Anna: Hello! My name is Anna Roth and I am a licensed psychologist and Intake Therapist at the East Metro location in Minnesota. I started with TEP in Seattle a few years ago and missed both the clients and the community of providers so I am happily back. Outside of work I can be found at a dog park with my rescue pup Rumi or trying a new restaurant with friends :). 

TEP: What does an Intake Therapist do?

Anna: In short, it’s our job to complete a thorough and compassionate assessment of a client based on many factors to determine what level of care they need to best address their symptoms. More than anything though, I think it’s our job to inspire the belief that recovery is possible whether it’s someone’s first time seeking help or their 20th. 

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