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How One Company Is Addressing Health Inequities in Eating Disorder Treatment

There is a common stereotype that eating disorders only affect thin, young White girls. But Kristina Saffran, CEO and co-founder of virtual eating disorder care company Equip, will be among the first to say that this is not true, despite fitting the stereotype.

“Eating disorders affect everybody. They affect people of all different ages, races, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes and sizes. These do not discriminate,” Saffran said during an interview last week at the Behavioral Health Tech 2023 conference in Phoenix.

“I am someone who fits the mold to a tee. … I was diagnosed with anorexia at 10, relapsed at 13, went into my pediatrician having lost 10 pounds and my pediatrician didn’t bat an eyelash. If I’m not getting identified, who is?” she continued.

San Diego, California-based Equip is trying to solve this issue through its virtual platform. The company connects patients with a care team,

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Healthy eating for seniors focus of free presentation

Even minor changes in eating habits can help with healthier living.

“As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being,” according to Karen Ring, director of the Healthy Living Program at Pima Council on Aging in Tucson.

“Even making slight changes in eating routines can help you live longer and better. Generally, one can support their physical health by staying active, eating healthy, sleeping well, and going to the doctor regularly,” Ring said.

“Eating habits change throughout the life span,” Ring added. To help provide updated information and resources for older adults, PCOA decided to host an interactive discussion led by nutrition and medical professionals during a free presentation on Monday, Oct. 30. Learn the impact that the foods and drinks a person chooses each day can help meet

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Finding help when eating becomes a battle

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The behavioral health specialists at Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services say that eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid addiction. With the number of people who struggle with disordered eating on the rise, KBHRS is encouraging people who need help to not be afraid to reach out.

Kern BHRS Supervisor Felicia Alcaraz says they primarily see young people, but that eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, gender, or body type.

“It looks different for everyone. For some, it could be whether it’s increased dieting, or for some it could be overly eating. It can be watching your weight to an extent that you’re hyperfocused on that diet, on what you’re eating and the calories you’re consuming,” said Alcaraz. “There is finding that healthy balance to keep you healthy and well, but then there’s that extremity on the other

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5 Factors That Make Eating Disorders Hard To Detect In Fitness Enthusiasts

A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology reveals that screening athletes and fitness enthusiasts for eating disorders presents distinctive challenges, which are less frequently encountered in the general population.

The study emphasizes that there are five prevalent characteristics within the sports environment that contribute to the difficulties in diagnosing and identifying these disorders. They are:

  1. Dietary control
  2. Body weight control
  3. Training obsession
  4. Appetite regulation
  5. Calorie counting

“Without some level of dissatisfaction with ourselves, we would not have the motivation to exercise and the desire to look better. I fear that quite a few individuals from the fitness community are characterized by an almost pathological dissatisfaction with themselves and a problem with self-acceptance,” explains Dr. Daniela Stackeová, the lead author of the study and a professor at

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After Years of Being Vegetarian, They Couldn’t Help But Eat Meat Again

I’ll get the most obvious answer out of the way first: Meat tastes really, really good. British journalist and formerly lifetime vegetarian, Huw Oliver, meat-reviewed-lets-stop-messing-around-and-just-do-steak-already-052120″ class=”external-link” data-event-click=”{"element":"ExternalLink","outgoingURL":""}” href=”″tried steak for the first time during the pandemic. “The pinkish muscle tastes deep, rich, and butter-smooth in the mouth,” he wrote for Time Out. “And cor, that smell. It’s juicy, hearty, butterflies-inducing communal food to take your time over, and I love it.” Author Rajesh Parameswaran, also vegetarian for his whole life up until then, had a similar experience trying molleja for the first time in Argentina. “It was incredibly delicate, airy and light; at the same time it was somehow rich and sort of creamy,” he wrote for Bon Appétit

Many interviewees felt the same intense, almost primal relationship with meat. It’s likely been a thing since our primate ancestors started accidentally eating worms who had burrowed

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