Fat and Thin Find Common Ground

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When binge eating disorder gained legitimacy as a full-fledged mental condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May, many people in the eating disorders and obesity communities wondered: Will this inspire us to finally get along? It was a good question, since historically, the two groups have […]

How to Make a Restaurant Trip Successful

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When I take clients to restaurants to eat they are intimidated for many reasons. They do not have control over how the food is prepared and they are nervous about the portion size and social setting. Although these things are scary, they do not have to ruin the fun of eating out! There are several […]

What is Normal Eating?

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We hear many different messages about eating, how to eat and what to eat. Defining normal eating is a difficult task and can mean different things for different people. Ellyn Satter (http://www.ellynsatter.com), a social worker and registered dietician, suggests that normal eating includes: “Going to a meal hungry and eating until you are satisfied. Being […]

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month

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Recovery is possible! Visit our page to find help for your eating disorder The Rapid Recovery Narrative “True love is deeply caring for yourself; only then, can you be fully available to love others deeply” Allison Stuart Kaplan I used to have anorexia, but I’m better now. I’ve heard that phrase countless times. In our […]

Eating Disorders in Older Women on the Rise

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“I can’t participate in the practicum,” Judith Shaw told her yoga instructor. She was training to become an instructor herself, but she had fallen and broken her pubic bone. “You’re going to continue to break bones if you don’t feed yourself,” the instructor told her. For Shaw, that was the moment. After a 15-year battle, […]

Tyra Banks Applauds Vogue’s Efforts to Help Young Women, But Is It Really Enough?

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Tyra Banks is toasting Vogue’s 19 international editions for pledging to promote healthy body image, but while the plan is a step in the right direction, what does it really mean for the future? “Real progress is finally on the horizon,” Banks writes in an open letter on The Daily Beast. “Vogue is stepping up, […]

Eating Disorders: When Is it Time to Seek Help?

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By: Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS My hope is that my posts to date have emphasized at least two things about eating disorders: They’re complex mental illnesses with biological, psychological and social implications for an individual’s health and wellness; and because of this complexity, they tend to be the deadliest mental illnesses. Taken together, […]

Mothers, Daughters and Eating Disorders – Mother & Daughter Reunions: The Holidays

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Mothers, Daughters and Eating Disorders (A series of articles dedicated to nurturance) How do a mother’s own attitudes toward herself get passed to her children? Girls naturally identify with their mothers and this identification can become disturbed when a mother acts in ways that are destructive and lack self respect. When the issue is specific […]

10 Lessons Learned in Recovery

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My eating disorder took a lot away from me. It took away my friends and family, my desire to live, my dreams and hopes for the future and even started to take away myself physically and mentally. It consumed me in any way imaginable. When I finally hit bottom I learned that I had two […]

Too Much Of A Good Thing: From EXERCISE TO EMERGENCY!

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Is there such thing as too much exercise? Let’s explore the fine line between a healthy habit and a deadly obsession. Kristin Seifried hit the gym after dinner. The young man at the front desk greeted her by name, gave her a big grin, and commented that she was their “best client.” Seifried was there […]