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The Four Most Common Triggers to Binge Eating

The Four Most Common Triggers to Binge Eating

So what triggers binge eating?   Trigger 1:  Getting ravenous When we’re overly hungry and finally gain access to food, it’s natural to eat faster, more quantity and with less awareness and control than we’d like. For someone with a binge-eating problem, being...

Using DBT Skills To Survive a Crisis

Using DBT Skills To Survive a Crisis

Surviving a Crisis What is a crisis? A crisis is when you are in a highly stressful short-term situation and feel a sense of urgency to FIX IT NOW, but can’t make it better right away.  In times like these, the intensity of your distress can impact your ability to...

Six Surprising Facts About Binge Eating Disorder

Six Surprising Facts About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was formally acknowledged as an eating disorder in 2013 (finally!). It is characterized by frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food, at a fast pace, past the point of physical comfort and usually within a 2-hour period. A binge...

Understanding Set Point

Understanding Set Point

Our culture encourages us to think about our weight as a number that we can determine ourselves; that is, if we have enough “self control” and eat “right” we can reach our aesthetic ideal.  The truth, however, is that our weight is determined by numerous factors, most...

Eating Disorders and Western Culture

Eating Disorders and Western Culture

In diagnosing and treating eating disorders, we need to make sure to remain aware of how our Western culture can influence the way we think. I’ve been reading “Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche,” by Ethan Watters, which highlights how the...

The Dilemma of Orthorexia

The Dilemma of Orthorexia

The cover of last week’s edition of New York Magazine featured the “Neurotic Eater’s Grocery List: The ethical, environmental, and health problems of virtually every food in the supermarket.”  The article serves as a guide to help consumers make more informed and...

Medical Complications of Bulimia

Medical Complications of Bulimia

Beneath the Surface: Medical Complications of Bulimia Since most people with bulimia are of normal weight, the illness can be missed - even by medical professionals, family and close friends.  While the damage may not manifest on the surface, however, bulimia can have...

Common Anorexia FAQs

Common Anorexia FAQs

From the Treatment Room:  Common Questions We Hear From Anorexia Clients Although every client is different, here are five anorexia FAQs we often hear from clients at Columbus Park, together with short responses: 1.  “Why can’t I stop thinking about food?” That’s what...

Urge Surfing: A Distress Tolerance Skill

Urge Surfing: A Distress Tolerance Skill

At Columbus Park, we use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to teach mindfulness skills that patients can use to better tolerate the thoughts, emotions, and urges they experience.  One of those skills is urge surfing. What is Urge Surfing? Urge surfing is a...