Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a social media trend

In the past week, I’ve seen several reports suggesting Instagram could potentially put you at an increased risk for an eating disorder known as orthorexia. It is the latest in a long line of reports blaming eating disorders are everything from ads, the fashion industry, and even parents. While there may be some truth underlying […]

Kesha shares an open letter about overcoming eating disorders

Since undergoing treatment for an eating disorder in 2014, Kesha has been an outspoken public advocate working to raise awareness and remove the stigma from eating disorders. However, she has often kept the details of her own struggle to herself. That has changed with a new essay for Teen Vogue, where the singer goes more […]

Being the victim of bullying often leads to substance abuse and depression

Bullying has been dismissed by some as “kids being kids” and “just a part of growing up”, but it is increasingly being recognized for what it really is: a devastating act with serious long-term implications. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Delaware helps bring this into focus, showing that being the […]

International Study Finds Potential Genetic Root of Anorexia

Anorexia is often thought of as being like a contagious illness. The questions of whether social media or peer criticism can “cause” anorexia are constantly raised, but one thing is constantly forgotten. While external factors can contribute to the development of eating disorders, they are ultimately psychiatric disorders born out of genetics. Until now, the […]

Dealing with opioid overdoses one passerby at a time

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts is considering installing “lock boxes” containing Narcan, also known as Naloxone. Individuals nearby could then administer the medication to people with drug overdoses who are found on the street. The possibility of this program began with a survey conducted by public health and safety officials to determine if people would […]

What is the difference between overeating and binge eating?

Everyone has had the experience of overindulging in their favorite foods. But, at what point does this become a dangerous habit? What separates the normal bout of overeating and binge eating? It can often be a difficult line to draw, but the distinction is important. One is something everyone does, while the other cause isolation, […]

Penn State Kicker Joey Julius Reenters Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder

Last year, Penn State place-kicker Joey Julius made headlines for bravely telling the public about his struggles with and treatment for an eating disorder. At the time, he had recently finished treatment for binge eating disorder. After missing a spring game with the team, the player says he is again undergoing treatment in a statement […]

May is Mental Health Month

This month, we encourage you to take a moment to consider the social impact of mental health issues. Throughout America, people with mental illness experience extraordinary barriers. State-funded mental health programs are often understaffed and overwhelmed; research and development is often slow to introduce new treatments; private, individualized care is often expensive and inaccessible. In […]

Drugged Driving Now Kills More People Than Drunk Driving

Drugged driving is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of death in America, overtaking drunk driving in 2015 for the first time ever according to a new report. However, some say that drunk driving still poses a bigger danger to the U.S. and the newer phenomenon of drugged driving needs more research. The recently […]

Is Hitting The Gym Safe While You’re Recovering From An Eating Disorder?

There are many ways to recover from an eating disorder. The safest and most effective way is through professional rehabilitation, where both the physical and mental symptoms of eating disorders can be directly addressed and treated. But, some never seek treatment and find their own path to recovery. The problem is that some people turn […]