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Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder.1 It is a mental health condition characterized by recurrent episodes of binging (consuming large amounts of food), a feeling of loss of control during the binge, and guilt or shame afterward.
You may have heard of an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia nervosa drastically restrict the amount of food they eat. They have a distorted view of their body and an intense fear of weight gain. Over time, this behavior can lead to serious complications.
Stress, more so than insufficient pay, is the main reason public school teachers quit. I remember stepping into my kindergarten classroom for the first time. I had 22 students and 15 of them spoke Spanish. I felt horrible that I couldn’t meet their needs — no one prepared me for the linguistic and cultural diversity of my first class. I did what I could to help them and my students ended up just fine, but the truth is, I was not. I was overwhelmed, stressed out and scared. Given what I went through then, I can’t imagine what educators today must be feeling with the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic and emotional crises as efforts to safely reopen schools continue.
Many of us have had close relationships that have become strained or estranged, whether it is due to a specific hurtful incident or a final last straw from wounds accumulated over time. We may cut ties or pull back. In these relationships, we stop talking, or talk "cordially" but never again are fully engaged or trusting.
As debates rage across the country over whether schools should teach online or in person, students like Sean Vargas-Arcia have experienced the pros and cons of both.
“I’m much happier in person,” said Sean, 16, a junior at Yonkers Middle High School in New York. As Covid-19 rates have fluctuated, he has gone back and forth between online classes and attending in person two days per week.
Teaching to the middle has historically been the approach taken by many schools nationwide, where a one-size-fits-all model is the norm and students must figure out how to fit in or fail. When COVID-19 hit and schools quickly pivoted to distance learning, challenges and disparities—many already present but ignored—were revealed for teachers, parents, and students. Yet, as the pandemic raged on, some students actually thrived in this at-home learning environment.
Decision fatigue is when your decision-making quality gets worse after having made lots of decisions. In everyday life, it results from having to make dozens of small and large decisions throughout the day. For many of us, our jobs involve constant decision-making, as does parenting.
In all my years as a psychologist specializing in anxiety, and as a relentless observer of human interaction, I can't think of a single time where the words "Calm down!"—especially shouted in a voice that is itself tense-- had the desired effect. Whether it is during an argument with your partner, as a bystander to your child's tantrum, or in a stressed-out moment with a critical colleague, "Calm down!" often has exactly the opposite effect.
As school opens around the country in a patchwork of remote, in-person and hybrid forms, each family faces new and difficult decisions. Are you confident that your school’s in-person plans are effective enough to keep kids safe? Is it wiser to keep your child at home? And after such a long slog, can you bear to support remote learning again this fall?