Eating Disorders Summer Reading – Best of Excursions


One of the joys of summer (after a walk in the woods or a paddle in the pool) is to settle in with a cold glass of lemonade and a good book. For those in recovery from eating disorders, reading can be a distraction, an escape, and even an anxiety reliever. Reading a good book about another person’s experience can give one perspective on their life and make them feel less alone. And articles that educate can also calm the nerves and bolster confidence. At Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (SCTED), we educate through presentations in the community and Excursions Magazine. Below is a selection of eating disorder articles and a reading list from our Doctor of Clinical Nutrition in the Best of Excursions:


5 Eating Disorder Warning Signs

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If you or someone you care about is struggling with an eating disorder, remember you’re not alone. These disorders affect millions of Americans, and their consequences can be far-reaching and strongly impact loved ones and families. Fortunately, effective treatment is available for combatting this severe condition. The first step is identifying eating disorder warning signs [read more…]


Anorexia in Larger Bodies? Busting Misdiagnosis and Stigma


When you think of anorexia, what is the mental picture you have? Images of an emaciated individual come to mind: a wisp of a young woman, clothes hanging off a skeletal frame. In reality, serious eating disorders can occur in individuals of all body sizes, any gender, and most ethnic groups. Only 7% of individuals with eating disorders are underweight [read more…]


Don’t Call it Gym Class: Recreational Therapy for Eating Disorders

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is essential to the comprehensive treatment of those with eating disorders at Sanford Behavioral Health. People seeking treatment may feel lost and disconnected from their identity, values, bodies, and leisure interests because of their eating disorder(s). This is where the recreational therapist steps in as part of the multidisciplinary team [read more...]


Do I Have Binge Eating Disorder? Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., affecting about 3% of the population at some time in their lives. Of people with eating disorders, 47% have binge eating disorder. BED is characterized by recurrent binge eating without compensatory measures [read more…]


Recommended Reading for Eating Disorders 2022 – Dr. Flores’s Library

Sanford Behavioral Health’s Dr. Anna Flores shares her recommended reading list. Anna Flores is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition specializing in eating disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder treatment at Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders [read more…]


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