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Articles tagged with: Body Image

“Ask Emily” Social Media

December 09, 2014.
  • Some information shared on social media sites can be triggering for those who struggle with an eating disorder or body image issues. In this edition of "Ask Emily" Social Media, Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses some ideas about how to balance the desire to stay connected with friends and families and continue on a healthful path.

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Butterfly Love 2

December 04, 2014.
  • This is one person's experience; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Alexandra Miles, a former The Emily Program client in recovery

    Self-acceptance and Self-nurturance   

    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1Transcendence from fear to unconditional love is the path of awakening. When we see with the heart, spread our wings, and learn to fly we become beings of radiant light.

    The month of December is the month of snowflakes, giving, receiving, and playing. It is the month of unconditional love, light, and joy. When we tap into our heart and love ourself unconditionally we can spread love and light to our community during a month of dark nights and short days. This month is a month to ignite the light within and shine it onto ourselves and others.

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Telling Our Truths

December 02, 2014. Written by Cami Applequist
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Cami Applequist, a former TEP client and woman in recovery

    Telling your own truth out loud is powerful. I have always thought so, but not until I started telling the truth about my own eating disorder did I realize how powerful it actually is.

    The first day of inpatient treatment I sat with a group of women and said out loud for the first time that I didn’t think I should ever eat and I meant it. I also said out loud that most of the time I hated myself whenever I ate. Then I cried. For the first time I wasn’t cracking a joke about my weight, making that my humorous excuse for not accepting dessert.

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Do Males Struggle With Eating Disorders?

November 20, 2014.
  • It’s true. Eating disorders do not discriminate … males struggle too. Recent data shows that 1 in 33 adult males struggle with an eating disorder. That’s much higher than the 1 in 10 statistic that has been reported in past years. 1 in 33 is an eye-opening statistic.

    In this short video, Dr. Jillian Lampert talks about this statistic and how eating disorders present in males.

    If you think your son, husband, boyfriend, friend, loved one may have an eating disorder, gently talk to them about your concerns. And don’t forget about getting support for yourself too. Click here to see Dr. Lampert’s advice in “Ask Emily” My Boyfriend’s Habits are Concerning. This advice could be used for anyone in your life whom you are concerned about.

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“Ask Emily” My Boyfriend’s New Habits are Concerning

November 18, 2014.
  • Whether it’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, or any other significant person in your life – approaching someone you are concerned about is difficult. Dr. Jillian Lampert provides some ways that you can talk to your loved one about your concerns, and ways you can also get support for yourself.

    If you have a question, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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I Choose To Be Happy

October 14, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Tiffany Hammer, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

    Recently I encountered a discussion about a group that a provider facilitated where they tried to talk about the reflection topic "I choose to be happy". The provider mentioned that it was a difficult topic to elicit group participation. Hearing this, I wasn't surprised. That affirmation can be intimidating. Yet it taught me the power of choice and who I want to be.

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8 Ideas to Help Improve Body Image

September 16, 2014.
  • By Katie Teresi

    It may surprise people to know that body image is much more than what you see in the mirror. In fact, it spans how you picture yourself in your mind, what you believe about your own appearance, and what you think about your weight, height, and shape. It even covers how you feel in your own body.

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Experiencing Beautiful

August 28, 2014.
  • By Katie Teresi

    Think, for a moment, about who or what is beautiful to you. It could be people, places, things...

    Now here’s a challenge: If you eliminated every beautiful thing you thought of that was based on sight, how many things would be left?

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It’s Work and It’s Hard and It’s Wonderful

August 04, 2014.
  • By Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery

    Twenty-two years ago I was a 22-year-old high achieving college student who had already studied overseas three times for a total of two and a half years and was fluent in a second language. I worked thirty hours a week and attended college classes full time while maintaining good grades. I managed to keep a large circle of friends well entertained and my nuclear and extended family happy by participating in family events at least ninety percent of the time. I was on the road to a job in marketing and advertising; to a dream life of red suits, nice cars, high pay and what I thought at the time would be happiness.

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Working Together Toward an Intentional Purpose

May 14, 2014.
  • By Sarah Hrudka, The Emily Program Outreach Specialist

    The Emily Program at Walk Toward Recovery in BostonIt’s no secret that in the vessel of body image and eating disorders, media, and therefore society is a prominent influence. Often, we only see it’s affects from the scope of our own city or region, but my recent trip to Boston has flagrantly reminded me that these issues bare no mind to any one region. Moreover, when we are not educating and creating awareness, the result is wayward behavior on behalf of something that people simply cannot grasp, but that is where ‘power of the masses’ can come in to alleviate the chatter.

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Take Back the Tutu

Take Back the Tutu - Part 2

February 27, 2014.
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week is in full swing. There are many community and awareness events occurring this week. We were thrilled when Saint Paul City Ballet agreed to share their inspirational and courageous views of body image, and the idea that each and every person’s body is different. It’s important to embrace the body we have and take care of it. Our body is our body. It helps us do activities we enjoy and to move about our days. For these dancers, their bodies give them the ability to perform their art – ballet. And they vow to “Take Back the Tutu.”

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Dancers Take Back Ownership of Their Art Dancers Take Back Ownership of Their Art

Take Back the Tutu, Part 1

February 25, 2014.
  • It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we’re excited to share insight from dancers at Saint Paul City Ballet about being themselves and embracing their bodies for what they help them do – perform their art. This two part series will take you through the background of how “Taking Back the Tutu” came to be and share statements written by the nine dancers at the Company.

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Fall 2013 Group Catalog Available Online

August 23, 2013.
  • The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul GroupsOur new and improved group catalog will be in The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul locations soon. For now, please feel free to click here to peruse all the offerings.

    Here are some of the changes you'll notice in the fall catalog:

    • The layout. We hope you will find this catalog easier to navigate.The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul Groups
    • Number of ongoing groups. Almost all of our groups are now ongoing. This should make joining a group easier. Our Body Image, Connections, DBT, and Tools for Couples are the only groups that have start and end dates. Talk with your individual therapist soon to get involved with those groups.
    • Woodbury. Our newest Twin Cities location, Woodbury, is included in this catalog.

    Watch the lobbies of our Twin Cities locations after Labor Day for the printed copies of the catalog.

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Helping Children Love Their Bodies & Themselves

July 17, 2013.
  • Talking to children about health instead of weight has been a popular topic since the University of Minnesota released their study. It's incredibly important to equip kids with the skills they need to understand the messages they receive from various media and other external sources.

    Marti and Erin from Mom Enough asked Dr. Jillian Lampert, TEP's Senior Director of Business and Community Development, to talk more about how parents can approach these conversations. Jillian offers three things you can do to help your children make healthy choices and appreciate their bodies.

    Click here to listen to the interview.

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