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Holiday stress and eating disorders: the most wonderful time of the year? (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "Holiday Stress and Eating Disorders: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?": The holidays can be a joyous time of year—delicious food and drink, time with friends and loved ones, and long-standing traditions honoring what many deem to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Sounds great, right? Well, unfortunately, these very things that make the holidays special for so many people make this time of year particularly challenging for individuals struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder. Throughout the year, stress can be a powerful catalyst for eating disordered thoughts and behaviors for those that use control over food, weight and/or shape to manage anxiety. However, during the holiday season, there is heightened emphasis on food and gatherings often centering around rich, high-calorie seasonal fare. Furthermore, the holidays are the single time of year most likely to bring together friends and loved ones from near and far, some of whom may have played a role in the development or maintenance of the eating disorder. Heightened exposure to food, meals and painful dynamics in relationships can increase eating disordered behaviors, and threaten recovery for those that have taken the important step of seeking eating disorder treatment... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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