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New year’s resolutions and eating disorders (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "New year’s resolutions and eating disorders": The holiday season culminates with the reflection, hope and promise of New Year’s Day. On this day, we reflect on our accomplishments and the disappointments of the previous year, look forward to the year to come and above all, make resolutions that will guide our thoughts, actions and intentions. Seemingly, a vast majority of resolutions for the coming year have to do with diet, exercise and weight loss. In many cases, these goals are en effort to “make up for” indulging in rich holiday foods or foregoing normal exercise routines during vacations or breaks from work and school. Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for goal-setting and the idea of self-improvement. However, as a clinician specializing in eating disorders for over 30 years, it saddens me that, for many, the sole idea of self-improvement in the new year is focused on changing ourselves physically, either by eating less, excluding whole food groups or exercising more. I agree some resolutions related to diet, weight and exercise may be necessary due to health concerns; however, those rooted in vanity or the desire to achieve the coveted thin physique our society promotes tend to be much more common... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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