1. Top five addiction myths

    There are many myths and misperceptions about addiction and addiction recovery floating around. Much of our scientific knowledge about addiction is relatively new, so it’s not surprising that people have old, long-held beliefs that are incorrect. In our experience as a professional addiction treatment center, here are the top five...
  2. The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Young Athletes

    Sports can have many positive benefits for the athlete, but for some athletes, especially teen and college-aged athletes, eating disorders are prevalent. It is estimated that 62 percent of females who participate in “appearance sports,” including gymnastics, dancing, figure skating and diving suffer from an eating disorder. Athletes who participate...
  3. Understanding & Recognizing The Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that often takes place in secret. Defined by patterns of binge eating and purging, bulimia can result in very serious health complications and even death. It is uncertain the exact number of individuals in the United States who suffer from bulimia nervosa, but it...
  4. Anorexia Nervosa: Dying to be thin

    Anorexia nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by extremely low body weight, body image distortion and an intense fear of gaining weight.  Anorexics severely limit calories, fast and exercise excessively in order to feel control.  Anorexia causes sufferers to see themselves as fat even though...
  5. Five Signs of an Eating Disorder in your Daughter

    To help attract attention to teen eating disorders and food addictions, I wanted to help parents with some general tips on how to spot eating disorders in their  children. Over the years, most of the talk about eating disorders in teens has focused on anorexia and bulimia, typically blamed on unrealistic body...
  6. The new science of Sugar Addiction

    Ashley Gearhardt, from the Yale & Rudd Center for Policy and Obesity explains the science of Sugar Addiction. Ashley, is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Yale University. She received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan. Through her research on addiction and her clinical work at the...
  7. Economic insecurity will slip away…Really?

    It is the beginning of the month or the end for some, and that means bills are due, or past due.  Yesterday, I paid all of my bills (rent, gas, water, electric & cable) on time and had enough money left over to float me until the next payday.  It...
  8. Lifestyle Intervention guest pass giveaway

    Come and be a guest of Shades of Hope! Do you live in the Las Vegas area? Join us at the Four Seasons! Fit-RX and The Change Institute are introducing the first national conference on Obesity, Intervention and Treatment. Shades of Hope will be there, and we want you to...
  9. Acceptance is the answer…Ouch.

    When I hear the word “acceptance”, I think about Coach Ham, yellow squash and this little thing we deal with called, LIFE. Last night I was lamenting beautifully to my  Sponsor about my day. I was explaining to him the many trials and tribulations that lay ahead of me… and...

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