Fat Shaming: The Product of Small People with Big Egos

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Two weeks ago, America went wild over Super bowl 51. Immediately following the big event, MVP Tom Brady had only one thing to worry about: where was that darn jersey. Conversely, halftime entertainer, Lady Gaga, was faced with a far more serious issue: intense fat shaming. Despite the fact that this world-famous singer gave a […]

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The State of an Anxious Union

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Last fall, University of Minnesota psychologist William J. Doherty decided to do some research into the emotional well-being of Americans in light of the 2016 Presidential election. His findings will likely not surprise you. After commissioning a poll of 1,000 voting-age Americans, Doherty found that 43 percent reported experiencing “emotional distress related to Trump and […]

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ARFID: A Growing Threat to Young People

by Rachael Clauson, MAAT, Eating Disorder Specialist

Throughout the United States, those in the medical and behavioral health fields are very familiar with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Due to extensive media coverage in the past several years, the public at large is also fairly knowledgeable about these food-related disorders. Recently, an eating disorder getting more attention is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake […]

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a […]

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Demon Rum is Killing White Women

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Certain products on the market have an inherent gender bias. The best advertising team in the world cannot make men use feminine hygiene products or buy pantyhose; it just is not going to happen. Which is why when a potential audience “can” be exploited, the advertising community unleashes their best and brightest. This is exactly […]

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Depression: A Worldwide Problem

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The United States, through widespread advocacy and education, is finally moving toward a better understanding of clinical depression. But this psychiatric condition continues to be misunderstood on a global level. According to a study of more than 50,000 people in 21 countries, approximately 350 million individuals are impacted by depression. And yet, the vast majority […]

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The Connection Between the Holidays and Process Addictions

by Roseann Rook, CADC, Clinical Addictions Specialist

For those in recovery from a substance addiction or eating disorder, the holidays can prove an extremely challenging time. Certainly, this is the case for those with alcohol or food-related issues, due to the pervasiveness of spirits and treats during this season. But they are not alone. From Thanksgiving all the way through January 1st, […]

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Thanksgiving at Timberline Knolls

by TK Staff

We all know the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a day to spend time with family members and express gratitude for that which is good in our lives. As clinicians in the behavioral health field, we are also profoundly aware of the challenge that an extravagant Thanksgiving meal can present to those struggling with […]

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Research Reveals Brain Connection in Eating Disorders

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

In the United States today, approximately 30 million people have some type of an eating disorder.  A full two-thirds of these individuals are female. This comes as no shock. Our society in and of itself is far harder on females than males in every possible regard. Advertising, primarily geared to women, say we must purchase […]

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Everyday, Choose Love. “Love Your Body Day” 2016

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Love. I had romantic notions about it growing up, believing that love was a tremendous, sweeping, passionate feeling that would lead to lifelong relational satisfaction and fulfillment. Years later while engaged, at times I’d ask leading questions of my future husband.  “Why do you love me?” Naturally, I was looking for a flowery, poetic response. […]

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