With an increase in social eating, holiday stress takes on a special meaning for those living with an eating disorder.
While anorexia, the better known disorder, plagues its hosts with guilt and discomfort at food-oriented gatherings, it is not the only ED Grinch. In 2007, Harvard researchers published survey results showing that binge eating was more common than anorexia and bulimia. Binge eating thrives on holiday pressures to be happy and sociable, and not to give in to private temptations.
Students showing signs of holiday stress may need a chance to speak with the school counselor or participate in low- stress activities.