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Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders

The Dos and Don’ts of Thanksgiving: An Article for Family Members

November 25, 2014.
  • The holidays, especially Thanksgiving, can be a stressful time for both clients and family members. Clients in eating disorder treatment often worry about what foods will be served for the Thanksgiving meal, potential comments made by family members, holiday-sized portions of food, following their meal plans, and avoiding behaviors. Their loved ones may also have concerns about feeling like they have to walk on eggshells around the client for fear of saying the “wrong” thing. This can make for a tense environment during a time reserved for appreciating family and being together. Therefore, with help from the clients in our day treatment program, we have compiled a list of dos and don’ts on what to say (and what not to say) to loved ones in eating disorder treatment during the holidays.

    Please note that these suggestions are not based in research, but rather the experience of our clients. These suggestions may not be appropriate for everyone and every family.

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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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The Emily Program – Residential Opening in Cleveland, OH

November 11, 2014.
  • Since our partnership with Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders began back in June, we’ve been talking about opening an adult residential treatment center in Northeast Ohio. We are extremely excited to have started on this, and pleased to announce that The Emily Program – Residential will open in early 2015.

    Located in Cleveland Heights, OH, our 16-bed licensed residential care facility is the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. We’ll offer those struggling with eating disorders comprehensive solutions – combining evidence-based treatment, personalized holistic care, and a highly individualized treatment plan.

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What If It’s Not Food You’re Craving?

November 06, 2014. Written by Katie Teresi
  • 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 Katie Teresi, a woman in recovery

    What If It’s Not Food You’re Craving?

    When I was battling against my eating disorder, a five-year struggle that faced me first against anorexia nervosa before swinging into binge eating disorder, I constantly craved food. A starving anorexic, my body screamed for the food I denied it. Later, I stayed up late satisfying my body’s want and perceived need for more, more, more food. On both ends of the spectrum, thoughts of food never strayed far from the epicenter of my mind.

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Happies

November 04, 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

    In the midst of eating disorder treatment it is really easy to feel like everything sucks - and that it all sucks really bad. Building an entirely new relationship with food isn’t easy and it involves developing new relationships with family, friends and the way in which we see the world. So it doesn’t just feel like it sucks, it does suck. And it sort of has to suck – because eating disorders suck and all the reasons they exist suck. But know that it is entirely possible to survive all of the suckiness.

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It’s Client Satisfaction Survey Time!

November 03, 2014.
  • TEP Tote BagIt's time once again for the annual Emily Program Client Satisfaction Survey and we want your feedback!

    Each year we ask clients to share their thoughts and recommendations with The Emily Program. The feedback will help us continue to develop programming and enhance client experience. We would love to hear how your experience has been; what has been helpful and what should we consider adding or improving?

     

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“Ask Emily” Navigating the Holidays

October 28, 2014.
  • As Halloween approaches, many of us begin preparing for the impending holidays that follow. The holiday season is full of parties, social gatherings, and visits family and friends. Since it all occurs within just a couple short months, this can be stressful. And adding this stress on top of any struggles with an eating disorder, the holidays can become anything  but joyous.

    In this "Ask Emily", Dr. Jillian Lampert offers some advice on how you can keep moving forward with recovery and manage some of the stress this season brings.

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

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Eating Disorders Coalition’s Lobby Days Roundup

October 24, 2014.
  • Earlier this month, a few of us from The Emily Program – Cleveland headed down to our nation's capital to participate in this year's Eating Disorder Coalition's National Fall Lobby Days. It sure was an exciting day for all of us in the eating disorder world.

    We would like to thank all of you who joined us in representing Ohio and making our voices heard! It's the most important advocacy event to influence policy on eating disorders in Congress.

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress

October 23, 2014. Written by Katie Teresi
  • No matter who we are, we’re all going to encounter stress throughout our lifetimes. Work, school, busy schedules…sometimes it seems impossible to escape.

    While some stress can be good, being exposed to too much of it for prolonged periods of time can make people turn to unhealthy coping strategies. Withdrawing from friends and family, over- or under-sleeping, and relying on drugs and alcohol are examples of harmful ways to deal with stress. Another common method of managing high stress levels is eating too much or too little – a method that may provide short-term comfort, but can lead to serious long-term effects like eating disorders.

    Learning to manage stress in a healthy and positive way can help to avoid negative coping techniques.

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Lilac Lodging Opens in Spokane, WA

October 21, 2014.
  • We are excited to announce the opening of Lilac Lodging in Spokane, WA on October 27! Lilac Lodging is for women ages 18+ who do not live within driving distance of Spokane, but need to participate in our partial hospitalization program. Lilac Lodging allows guests to stay in a comfortable, safe and supportive setting near our Spokane location while working on their recovery.

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“Ask Emily” My Teenager is Becoming a Picky Eater

October 16, 2014.
  • People of any age can go through phases of specific foods that are more appealing to their palate. When this occurs in adolescence it can become a concern to parents – worry can begin around whether or not your child is developing or has developed an eating disorder.

    In this “Ask Emily”, Dr. Jillian Lampert talks about how to approach your adolescent and what to do if you believe disordered eating or an eating disorder is possible.

    If you have a question you’d like answered, email 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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TEP – Cleveland patient recovers from eating disorder, vows to give back

October 10, 2014.
  • A recent article on Cleveland.com reports on varsity volleyball player Veronica Gehring who was diagnosed with anorexia during her junior season. It began with an obsession to "become faster on the court and a stronger volleyball player," she said.

    But soon she was exercising upwards of four times per day and barely eating anything at all. At times, she'd purge everything if she felt she ate too much.

    After looking to the The Emily Program – Cleveland for help, she was soon hospitalized with a heart rate of 28 beats per minute during the day, falling to 17 beats per minute while sleeping. She was refed in the hospital and later released. The following months were a whirlwind of doctor visits and checkups, but she found herself on the road to recovery.

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Butterfly Love

October 09, 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.

    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1By Alexandra Miles, a former Emily Program client in recovery

    As I feel the intense heat of change, transformation, and growth within my inner workings, the land reminds me of my greater purpose and the greater whole. As I watch the summer flowers wither away and the birds flying south, I am reminded of my own rhythms and I start to remember why I am here.

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