Healthy Support

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 Support

When Others Sabotage Our Intentions for Healthy Eating and Exercise

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The research is clear. When someone is trying to make some healthy changes to manage their weight, the role of social support for the effort is critical. Changing habits and behaviors around food consumption and exercise to make long-term health gains is not easy. Many begin the process with trepidation, often wondering if they can really pull it off.

Having a social network that offers caring, reinforcement of self-esteem, and a buffer to potential surrounding stressors or negativity is so important. When possible, so is material support, such as helping with shopping, cooking, or even child care (so the person can find time to exercise and do food planning).

Ways that support can fail

But such is very often not the case. Even if some of our friends or family are on our side, chances are very high that many of the people around us will

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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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Healthy Body

Megan Fox revealed her struggles with body dysmorphic disorder. Here’s what to know about the mental health condition

Body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, ails millions of Americans each year, including several outspoken celebrities — but many people don’t exactly know what it entails.

BDD is a mental health condition in which a person becomes obsessed with one or more perceived personal physical flaws, which usually appear minor or go undetected to others. The disorder can cause people to avoid social situations and even impact one’s ability to function in daily life, according to Mayo Clinic.

Experts estimate that between 1.7% to 2.9% of the general population have BDD, which means more than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from the condition. BDD is about as common as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and is more common than disorders like anorexia and schizophrenia. BDD may be even more commonplace than reported, because people with the condition may be reluctant to disclose their symptoms out of feelings of embarrassment or

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Naturally Healthy: Support your joints with Joint Complex

A couple of steps I recommend to customers who visit our stores and are looking to support their joints; Firstly, you should consider your footwear especially if you enjoy walking or running or if your job means you are on your feet a lot. Ensuring that you are wearing proper footwear is the first place to start when it comes to looking after your knees.

There are changes you could make to your diet to support joint care. The top ones to avoid are sugar, sweet treats, dairy products, fizzy drinks, coffee, and alcohol. Increase anti-inflammatory foods like oily fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, flax, chia seeds, ginger, and turmeric. Increase green leafy vegetables, berries and brightly coloured fruit.

Finally, Joint Complex by Revive Active is an Irish super supplement brand, it’s one of our most popular products. It contains Glucosamine Sulphate, Hyaluronic Acid, and Marine Collagen, which are

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