With nearly two-thirds of adults overweight or obese and nearly 20 percent of children and teenagers also falling into the category of obesity, there is little doubt that weight is a problem in our country. Moreover, there is absolutely no doubt that something needs to be done about young people and obesity, but not this. […]
Many of us think the nervous system and the digestive system are two distinctly different networks. It turns out the nervous system is not purely contained in the brain and spinal cord. Whereas the central nervous system does consist of those two organs, there is a secondary system in the human body called the enteric […]
Here we are. The beginning of 2018. This is an exciting time for a lot of people as they plan for their next adventure, set personal/professional goals for the new year, and celebrate with friends and family. For those struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder/body image issues, this time can bring a […]
Victoria Beckham, singer, model and style icon, is not a neophyte in the fashion industry. She has been a world-famous designer for more than a decade. Therefore, we in the behavioral health field expect better from her when it comes to model selection. And yet, she lets us down again. A recent ad for her […]
A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, concluded that the daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders. Researchers studied 46,877 Finnish children who were evacuated to Sweden during World War II between 1940 and 1944. They then […]
National organizations and individual advocates work tirelessly to educate the public on the lethal nature of anorexia. Far too many people continue to perceive this eating disorder as a phase or a simple bid for attention. Fortunately change is evident in certain areas. Recently, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong ruled against a 20-year-old […]
It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family. But sometimes, making fun of […]
It seems as if every day another sexual abuse story explodes in the media. Although politics and entertainment often figure prominently in the headlines, as recently as this past week another scandal came to light directly linked to the US Olympics. Evidently, young female gymnasts were routinely experiencing sexual assault from the team doctor. The […]
A recent article in the New York Times addressed the dramatic rise of anxiety in today’s youth. In the past ten years, anxiety has replaced depression and is now the number one reason why college students seek counseling. But, the reality is, life-altering anxiety starts years before entrance into college. Across the country, high school […]
Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is ashamed […]
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