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Eating Disorders and the Holidays


Those currently undergoing eating disorder treatment may struggle during the holiday season. Due to stress and anxiety surrounding food, family, and busy schedules, the holidays are some of the most triggering times of the year. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Eating Disorders and the Holidays

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The holiday season is known for stress, whether
it is due to facing busy shopping malls, or
finding time to visit relatives. Feelings of
anxiety are common this time of year, especially
for disordered eaters who fear the food-focused
winter months. This presentation is designed to
help eating disorder sufferers unwind and put
their health first in the coming months.
  • In the United States, an estimated 10 million
    females and 1 million males suffer from
    potentially life-threatening eating disorders.1
  • Disordered behaviors can include an unhealthy
    relationship with food, a disconnection with
    one's body image, and unhealthy weight-regulation
  • These symptoms may be enhanced during the
    indulgent winter months, especially since each
    holiday season brings an increase in
    advertisements promoting weight loss and a new
    body just in time for the New Year.
  • As a direct result, each calendar year, Americans
    spend over 40 billion on diet plans and
    diet-related products.2

  • During food-fixated holiday events, it can be
    difficult to handle feelings of shame and guilt
    that trigger disordered eating. Work with an
    eating disorder treatment center ahead of time to
    intercept negative emotions before they appear.
    You can also use tactics such as making a list of
    thoughts or situations that have been triggering
    the past. Next to each item on the list, write
    pro-recovery responses to help center your mind.
    You can also bring the list to important events,
    in case debilitating emotions crop up

  • Remember that celebrating with loved ones is the
    true purpose of the holiday season. Try to forget
    about the element of food entirely, and focus on
    reconnecting with family and friends. Always
    think positively, and replace any feelings of
    dread with eager anticipation for spending time
    with the ones you love.

  • Eating disorders are isolating. Individuals who
    suffer from unhealthy eating habits may
    experience social withdrawal as a defense
    mechanism to continue addictive and destructive
    behaviors. Recognize this fact ahead of time, and
    confide in someone you love. They can act as your
    personal cheerleader if times are tough, and will
    help you to handle your holiday commitments in

Dont Fill Your Calendar
  • The holidays are always hectic, so avoid further
    stress by keeping your schedule manageable.
    Overbooking yourself can result in a lack of
    control, which may be triggering to some.
    Remember that youre not expected to attend every
    single holiday party, and go only to the events
    that youre most excited about.

  • Relax and enjoy seasonal delights
  • Remember that all food can be enjoyed in
    moderation there are no good or bad foods.
  • Give yourself permission to sample traditional or
    specialty dishes without the guilt.
  • Savor the texture, smell, and taste of each bite,
    remembering the love that went into preparing
    every meal.
  • Avoid the last supper mentality you can always
    have more! Another idea is to take home a doggy
    bag to enjoy your favorite foods later.

  • The most important thing to remember this holiday
    season? Youre only human! Try not to punish
    yourself for accidental overeating, and stay calm
    in the face of negative emotions. Take time to
    breathe, and remember that tomorrow is a new day.

  • Rebeccas House is an eating disorder treatment
    center in Orange County that is focused on
    healing the mind and body. Our goal is to lead
    eating disorder recovery that will last a
    lifetime, avoiding chance of relapse and need for
    further treatment. Get help now by visit

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