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Why Can't I Just Eat?

April 13, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • By Dr. Mark Warren

    Anyone with an eating disorder has been asked at some point or another "Why don't you just eat?" Most likely if you have an eating disorder you have asked yourself the same question. You might wonder "Why is eating so hard for me when it seems to be so easy for everyone else?" On one level the answer to this is incredibly simple, and on another level incredibly complicated. The simple level is biology. Having an eating disorder means having neurological or neuroanatomical organization of your brain that creates enormous barriers to eating normally. These barriers include visual and sensory distortions, impacts on reward centers and executive organization of the brain, distortions of senses of fullness and hunger, and over evaluation of body size and shape, in addition to other issues that may be present. The combination of all of these things makes eating incredibly hard to do. The complex answer comes from the interaction of all the issues above in addition to the fact that eating itself is an activity that is way more complicated than people give it credit for. Eating is not just about seeing food, grabbing food and putting it in our mouths. Eating is about being aware of what's happening inside our bodies, understanding and appreciating our sensations, knowing what gives us pleasure and how to eat in a balanced way. Add social eating and societal influence and its clear that eating is a complex activity on many levels. So the answer to why can't I just eat is that you have an eating disorder and that in fact is what the disorder is. It's what makes it such a scary, painful, and life threatening disease. Having an eating disorder is confronting the question "Why can't I just do something that ultimately may save my life?" It's also what makes recovery from an eating disorder so rich, full, and rewarding. Because when you are able to "just eat", you are able to embrace life in a way that had never felt possible before.

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The Importance of Early and Aggressive Treatment

February 06, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    A recent study by Dr. Janet Treasure, one of the world's most prominent eating disorder researchers, has demonstrated the significant importance of early and aggressive treatment for anorexia nervosa. In her study, regardless of the treatment mechanism, patients who had been ill for longer than three years had significantly worse outcomes after treatment then those who had been ill for less time. Give the lack of evidence based treatment available until ten years ago, we do not know if current treatment mechanism may be more effective for those who have been ill longer. However, we can certainly say that based on this study, the faster someone gets into treatment and the more aggressive the treatment, clients are faster into recovery and less likely to relapse.

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Updates at Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED)

January 03, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren and Sarah Emerman

    We've had a very busy year in 2011 and want to thank all of our blog readers for your support and interest. As the year comes to a close we hope this post finds everyone in good health and moving to new places of healing.

    At CCED we know that as new research emerges we must constantly change and evolve to provide the most up to date evidence based care. In the spirit of constant improvement we have made several additions to our programming in the last few months.

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We’re The Emily Program

December 15, 2009.
  • The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place, close to home and work, where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues.

    We offer comprehensive psychological, nutritional, medical and psychiatric care at multiple locations across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and Duluth. Treatment options range from periodic outpatient appointments to residential/inpatient care at the Anna Westin House.

    We offer help with a variety of eating disorder, exercise and body image issues, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified.

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