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Prevent the Resurgence of a Seasonal Eating Disorder This Summer

June 15, 2023
In this Giddy article, Dr. Elizabeth Easton shares how summer can be a triggering time for those with eating disorders. Dr. Easton discusses how being bombarded by diet culture on social media, and the lack of structure and routine during summer months can contribute. The article highlights the pressures of diet culture; how to prepare for the summer season; and offers suggestions on how to care for your mental health.

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Like a shark lurking in shallow water, old eating disorder triggers can reappear in the summer as swimsuit season puts body insecurities on high alert.

Some people may prefer the hotter-than-Hades season, with plentiful opportunities for barely clothed fun in the sun. However, for people with current or former eating disorders, summer socialization can feel like actual hell on Earth.

Eating disorders—bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder—are serious mental health conditions that can affect a person's relationships, libido, fertility, employment prospects and overall longevity.

While eating disorders can strike at any time, people with a history of disordered eating may find summer to be particularly grueling. But with a few helpful tips, experts say people susceptible to eating disorders can arm themselves with the necessary tools to stay afloat year-round.



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