As registered dietitians dedicated to the prevention and evidence-based treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating, we found ourselves asking the following questions leading into National Nutrition Month®: Does National Nutrition Month® (NNM) align with Eating Disorder/Disordered Eating (ED/DE) recovery? As Health At Every Size® (HAES) informed professionals, to what extent might we ethically support… Continue reading Is ‘National Nutrition Month’ a Recovery-Positive Campaign?
THE HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE® APPROACH: Weight does NOT define Health. The framing for a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice. The HAES®… Continue reading What is “Health At Every Size”?
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder According to the National Eating Disorder Association... Formerly described at Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in the DSM-IV, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), is a feeding or eating disorder that causes significant distress or impairment, but does not meet the criteria for another feeding or eating… Continue reading OSFED & Additional Eating or Feeding Disorders: The Signs, Symptoms, & Impact
Binge Eating Disorder According to the National Eating Disorder Association... Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards; and not… Continue reading Binge Eating Disorder: The Signs, Symptoms, & Impact
Bulimia Nervosa According to the National Eating Disorder Association... Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating. Symptoms Frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors… Continue reading Bulimia Nervosa: The Signs, Symptoms, & Impact
Anorexia Nervosa According to the National Eating Disorder Association... Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Symptoms Inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low. Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain. Self-esteem overly… Continue reading Anorexia Nervosa: The Signs, Symptoms, & Impact
Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Nutritionists have a similar professional passion – to help guide others in living their best lives through individualized and balanced eating patterns, movement routines, and overall self-care. However, there are stark differences in the education, training, and legal certification processes between Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists that are important to recognize when… Continue reading Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists: Similarities and Differences