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11 Ways to Face Eating Disorder Fears This Halloween

October 26, 2021
Everyday Health
Lara Effland shares advice for those who many be struggling around Halloween.

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Halloween brings unique — and sometimes scary — challenges for people living with eating disorders.

Those with eating disorders characterized by restriction, such as anorexia nervosa or avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder, may be afraid to eat certain foods, says certified eating disorder specialist Lara Effland, a licensed independent clinical social worker and regional managing clinical director of the Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in Bellevue, Washington.

And for people with a disorder characterized by binge eating behaviors, such as binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa, Halloween may spark worries of losing control around candy and other festive foods, Effland adds.

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