Thursday, January 3, 2013

Eating Recovery Center Warns New Year’s Resolutions to Lose Weight Can Lead to Disordered Eating

Internationally Recognized Treatment Center Encourages Americans to Shift the Focus of Their Resolutions from “Looking Better” to “Feeling Better”

Denver, CO, January 03, 2012 - Americans’ top 2013 New Year’s resolution is to become more physically fit and the fourth most popular resolution is to lose weight, according to a recent survey published by Franklin Covey. Because dieting and over-exercise are two activities that commonly contribute to the development of eating disorders, Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, cautions against diving headfirst into a resolution focused on reducing body size, particularly for individuals with a family history of eating disorders.

“Eating disorders have a strong genetic component, and seemingly harmless – even seemingly healthy – New Year’s diet, exercise and weight loss regimens can quickly spiral out of control, especially for someone who has a family history of disordered eating thoughts and behaviors,” said Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, clinical director of the adult partial hospitalization program at Eating Recovery Center.

To reduce risks for eating disorders development related to 2013 weight loss goals, Eating Recovery Center recommends turning the focus away from changing perceived shortcomings in appearance and instead focusing on prioritizing the things in life that you value. More often than not, these resolutions emphasize how you feel rather than how you look, and can include:

1. Be more kind and compassionate to yourself. Practice at least one method of self-care daily, even if you have to schedule it into your day. Pamper yourself with a hot bath, a yoga class or a manicure, or simply spend some time journaling or practicing a hobby that brings joy or special value to your life.

2. Treat yourself as you treat others. Make a point to practice the “golden rule” on yourself. Try to not be as hard on yourself this year, and remember that you deserve happiness, just like everyone else.

3. Try one new activity or take one small risk each month. Gradually approach your fears and try new experiences in life to broaden opportunities for enjoyment and engagement with others.

4. Ask for help more often. Do not be afraid to let someone know when you need a shoulder to lean on, a supportive ear to talk to or even just a friendly hug. Although others may not be able to “fix” your struggles, you do not have to be alone as you explore your feelings and frustrations.

5. Take time to appreciate the beauty around you. Practice mindfulness and commit to being present in the moment. Celebrate the wonders of the world around you by spending time in nature or with supportive family and friends, both of which can be grounding and peaceful when you feel stressed and chaotic.

While New Year’s resolutions that emphasize feeling good over looking good can support a life of balance, not all appearance-focused resolutions are harmful or dangerous. However, severely restricting calories to an unhealthy level, engaging in an excessive and rigid exercise regimen, withdrawing from family and friends, displaying extreme anxiety about gaining weight or “being fat,” or bingeing and purging behaviors in the pursuit of a weight loss-centric resolution can indicate the development of an eating disorder.

“If a friend or loved one begins exhibiting troubling weight loss behaviors in the execution of his or her New Year’s resolutions, it is important to seek help as quickly as possible,” said Brennan. “Early intervention significantly increases the chances of lasting eating disorders recovery.”

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Luxury Travel Ltd. to Launch an Out-of-the-Box, Customized and Experiential Travel Adventure for Hanoi’s Discerning Travelers

This trip ventures into the mountainous and rural area of Northwest Vietnam and Luong Son in Hoa Binh province, which is 70 km from Hanoi and almost half way between Mai Chau Valley and Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam, January 03, 2012 - This two day experiential trip to Moon Garden Home-stay and Duong Lam Ancient Village allows travelers to interact with local people and culture, learn new ways of life and local rituals, taste a perfect balancing of old and new, try delicious cuisine, and take an excursion to surrounding areas of their home far away from home.

The tour price starts from US$299 per person for 2 persons (6.000.000 VND pp). The price includes private pick up and drop off services, all private transportation, accommodations, all meals, entrance fees, bikes, spa treatment, and the services of an English or French-speaking guide. This offer is valid until 30 December 2013.

“You will experience an out-of-the-box, customized and experiential travel adventure each moment of your stay. We offer you a rare blend of adventure and versatility, a combination that goes beyond a travel itinerary and becomes a meaningful journey of treasured moments and passionate experiences.” said Thang Phan, Senior Sales Executive of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Luxury Travel Ltd. ( has served the luxury travel industry for many years, and their staff has acquired first-hand knowledge about the luxury travel market in Vietnam. Their advisors have visited their recommended destinations, and have personally checked out the finest hotels, resorts, restaurants, unique optional tours designed for discriminating travelers.

“This exotic experience delivers value, both in terms of personal value and value for your money. We focus on authenticity and experiential travel in order to create enriching once-in-a-lifetime experiences which are truly authentic and memorable." added Thang.

For tour information and booking, visit

About Luxury Travel Ltd:
Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC ( is based in Hanoi, with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel is exceptional at designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London,Paris, and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent “The Years’ Best” of the Guide Awards in 2012.

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Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444