Dr. Rachel W. Goode Receives the 2023 SSWR Deborah K. Padgett Early Achievement Award

Every year, the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) recognizes outstanding researchers for their contributions to the social work field. Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of the Living F.R.E.E. Lab, Dr. Rachel W. Goode, is among the 2023 SSWR award recipients and was given the Deborah K. Padgett Early Achievement Award.  The SSWR Deborah K. Padgett Early Achievement Award serves to acknowledge accomplishments that reflect:  This award was offered to Dr. Rachel W. Goode in recognition of her research on the intersection between eating disorders and obesity, and her attempts at finding effective interventions for marginalized communities.  References  Call


Eating Disorders in the Black Community: A Conversation with Roland Martin Unfiltered

On December 12, Dr. Goode was honored to have the opportunity to have a conversation with Roland Martin and his panel about eating disorders in Black Americans. Check out the conversation here: If you believe you have an eating disorder and would like additional support, contact the NEDA Hotline or find a therapist in your area. 


Navigating Recovery During the Holidays

During the holiday season, more than 85% of Americans are known to overeat (Perrigo, 2018). The emphasis on food and food–centered celebrations can make the holidays even more difficult for people with eating disorders and/or in recovery. For instance, for individuals with eating disorders, it can be stressful to know that others will see what they eat and how much food they consume. Additionally, the normalization of overeating during the holidays, especially at Thanksgiving can feel stressful for those with restrictive eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and for those who experience recurrent episodes of binge eating. This stress could lead


How Parents and Caregivers Can Influence and Help Prevent Eating Disorders Among Their Children

Eating disorders and disordered eating among children and adolescents have become increasingly common in recent years, especially since the onset of COVID-19 (McCarthy, 2022; Smith, 2021). One study estimates that 6% of children between the age of 10 and 11 meet the criteria for subclinical anorexia nervosa, 0.2% for subclinical bulimia nervosa, 0.5% for subclinical binge eating disorder, and 1.1% for clinical binge eating disorder (Murray et al., 2022). By high school, the prevalence of disordered eating increases drastically, with approximately 15 to 30% of adolescents having “disordered eating severe enough to warrant medical evaluation” (Campbell & Peebles, 2014). Thus,


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