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Exercise Addiction and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and disordered eating don’t necessarily involve unhealthy exercise habits, but it’s long been noted that the two often seem to go together. Now, there’s scientific evidence to back up these anecdotal observations: a new study published in the journal...

Food, Culture, and Body Image Part 1

Columbus Park founder and director Melissa Gerson recently presented a series on food, culture, and body image at an independent girls’ school in New York City. In a research-informed, interactive workshop, Gerson encouraged girls to think critically about our...

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQIA Community

In recent years, an increasing body of research has shown that eating disorders are disproportionately common in the LGBTQIA community. For instance, a 2018 report from The Trevor Project, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and Reasons Eating Disorder...

Weight Stigma Awareness and Health At Every Size

In the powerful spirit of Weight Stigma Awareness Week (September 23-27), we’re reflecting on the impact that societal attitudes about body weight and size have on us all.  With messages coming at us from all sides about what a “good” or “healthy” weight is for our...

Health Tracking Apps and Eating Disorders

As smartphone use becomes more and more prevalent in our culture, growing numbers of people are using health-tracking apps. Here are the basics on health-tracking apps and how they might relate to disordered eating. What are health-tracking apps? Health-tracking apps...

I Feel Fat!

We call it the “anorexic wish”: the desire to recover from the cognitive symptoms of anorexia (like the obsessive thoughts about food and the body and weight preoccupation) without having to gain weight. Anorexia is tricky to treat since so much about the condition...