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Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders

A Review of Eating Disorders and The Brain

February 26, 2014.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    One of the most exciting books to recently be published on eating disorders is the book Eating Disorders and the Brain by Drs Bryan Lask and Ian Frampton. A review of the book was recently published by Dr. Joel Yager, a prominent psychiatrist in the eating disorder field. Dr. Yager describes 2 parts of the book which I thought to be extraordinarily important. The first is an early chapter in the book by David Wood on why clinicians should love and appreciate neuroscience. This discussion, which focuses on free will, determinism, how the presentation of an eating disorder makes one think about philosophical, clinical, and medical issues is critically important. This chapter also discusses past assumptions and questions around the origins of eating disorders including genes, attachment theory, cultural theories, social adversity, family issues, maturation, issues of neural networks and how all of these issues can be seen not as etiologic factors but as factors that must be considered while treating these complex disorders. By moving beyond etiology into understanding complexity, he makes a tremendous contribution to the conceptualization of these illnesses.

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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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Managing Diabetes and an Eating Disorder

January 30, 2014.
  • By: Sina Teskey, R.D., L.D., The Emily Program

    Having a medical condition such as diabetes can be complicated with an eating disorder. Due to the complexity of this type of situation, The Emily Program dietitians help clients navigate and plan to mitigate problems.

    There are two factors that can overwhelm people who struggle with diabetes and eating disorders. For one, it can become compensatory to overdose insulin as a means of “purging.” In addition, it can hard to manage the diabetic diet itself because it has many guidelines that may feel like food rules to someone working on neutralizing food judgments.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Services

January 09, 2014.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can be an effective therapeutic approach that helps clients with emotion regulation. Our DBT services span all of our levels of care from outpatient individual therapy to IOP.

    The primary functions of dialectical behavior therapy are:

    1. to assist clients to define life goals and create the motivation to achieve them via individual therapy;
    2. to increase adaptive behavior and goal acquisition via skills training;
    3. to assure generalization of skill use to everyday life with proactive rehearsal via role play in group and telephone coaching in the moment clients need support;
    4. to support the client to create change through structured guidance and encouragement via case management and diary card review;
    5. and to create an adaptive environment for therapists to effectively and compassionately meet clients’ needs via weekly case consultation group.

    If you are interested in learning more about all of our DBT Services, click here to download information about the various offerings. And speak with your individual therapist to find out which DBT options are offered at your TEP location.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Group Catalog Now Available

January 02, 2014.
  • TEP GroupCatalog Winter2014Cover PageOur Twin Cities Winter 2014 group catalog is now available in The Emily ProgramEating disorder outpatient group therapy Minneapolis-St. Paul catalog 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul locations.

    The outpatient group catalog is your guide to outpatient eating disorder group offerings for the next six months. Catalogs will be updated twice per year -- January and July.  This means that you'll have more time to discuss groups of interest with your therapist. It also makes joining a group much easier since there aren't start and end dates for a majority of the groups.

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10 Tips to Holiday Cheer

December 10, 2013.
  • By Sina Teskey, R.D., L.D., The Emily Program

    Eating disorders can make holidays a stressful time. They are often an uninvited guest that wants to join in family and social gatherings. Thoughts about eating, weight, festive parties and memories of past holidays can bring up anxiety and urges. Instead of isolating, try using these tips and ideas that have helped other people in recovery navigate the holidays.

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It’s A Great Month To Affect Change

December 10, 2013.
  • Did you know you can support The Emily Program Foundation right from the comfort of your own home? It’s true, you can.

    Look through your closets, drawers, old cabinets … you probably have electronics that you’re no longer using or are broken. Here’s the good news, you can donate all those electronics and help support The Emily Program Foundation in their mission to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders.

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Affect Change - Be a Difference Maker

November 20, 2013.
  • upcycle for The Emily Program FoundationThis is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate unused electronics. "Upcycling" is a way to change them into refurbished devices and fund a good cause.

    Through Affect Change you’re able to provide support to The Emily Program Foundation without opening your checkbook. The funds generated from donated “upcycled” electronics go back out into the community to educate about eating disorders, advocate for access to care, and ultimately change the conversation.

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Affect Change Starts Today!

November 11, 2013.
  • Affect Change Campaign – Give your electronics to give back

    Ever wanted to give back, but are unable to write a check? During our Affect Change campaign you can. Between November 11-December 31 you can contribute to the amazing eating disorder advocacy and education work of The Emily Program Foundation without opening your checkbook. “How?” you may ask … most of us have unused, old technology in our homes. You can upcycle (donate) your old computers, tablets, cell phones, etc. cleaning out your home and keeping them out of landfills while also contributing funds to The Emily Program Foundation (100% tax deductible).

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What makes FBT most effective?

November 04, 2013. 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

    For several years it's been clear that Family Based Therapy (FBT) has the most evidence based support for its effectiveness with recovery rates in the 50-60% range for adolescents with anorexia who have been ill for less than three years. This number is two to three times better than other therapies for this patient population. Having said that, this still means there are a significant number of adolescents who are not recovering through traditional FBT. A recent study highlights behaviors during the family meal that appear to predict when FBT is most likely to be effective. As FBT is the core of how we treat adolescents at CCED, we are particularly interested in this research. This may be significant for adolescents and families for whom FBT may be quite effective but need greater support around parental empowerment, setting contingencies, managing meals and other mechanisms that may improve their rates of recovery. This article will hopefully be part of a new wave of interest in ways to make this evidence based therapy even more effective for more patients.

    Contributions by Sarah Emerman

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Diagnosing an Eating Disorder in an Overweight Teen

October 18, 2013. 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

    The DSM V has brought formal recognition to a significant issue in those with eating disorders that have been previously excluded. The disorder "atypical anorexia" describes an individual who meet the criteria for anorexia, however despite significant weight loss the individual's weight is within or above the normal range. With the current focus on childhood obesity this awareness is particularly important as children and teens who are overweight may be directed to lose weight for their health. While weight loss may be good advice for some, for others who are biologically predisposed to developing an eating disorder weight loss may lead to the psychological and physical manifestations of this illness. A recent article in the Huffington Post summarized an article from the Journal of Pediatrics – It notes that overweight and obese children and teens who are at significant risk of developing an eating disorder may be ignored or overlooked due to our focus on obesity and weight loss. Pediatric eating disorders do not receive the same attention that pediatric obesity receives. It is estimated that at least 6% of children have an eating disorder and that close to half of high school females and a third of high school males engage in disordered eating behaviors including fasting, diet pills, and laxative abuse. As many as one third of children and adolescents with an eating disorder may be of normal or above normal weight and suffer the same medical consequences, psychological pain, obsessions, behaviors, and loss of quality of life that underweight individuals suffer from. Going forward it is crucial for all of us that we do not define anorexia and underweight as the same thing. Body mass index is not always a measure that can be used to determine if an eating disorder is present. Questions related to disordered eating and weight management behaviors should be asked and taken seriously regardless of weight.

    Contributions by Sarah Emerman

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Onsite Tours at The Emily Program

October 14, 2013.
  • September brought our very first professional Onsite tour. The Emily Program hosted four guest clinicians from Oklahoma, Indiana, New Jersey, and Iowa for two days while they learned about The Emily Program. Upon arrival to Minnesota, our guests were given the opportunity to have an intimate dinner with Executive Director Dirk Miller, and Senior Director, Business and Community Development Jillian Lampert. The following day provided a wealth of knowledge about The Emily Program with presentations from many of our department leads, as well as the opportunity to participate in an experiential lunch, and a brief yoga session. We look forward to continuing to grow this program, and welcome more guests to learn about The Emily Program’s amazing services and philosophy!

    Here's what past participants are saying:

    "I really enjoyed visiting your sites and learning more about The Emily Program’s services. Everyone was so welcoming and I felt the warmth that the patients must experience while they are there.”

    “I have always heard good things about The Emily Program – so it was nice to actually see how wonderful it really is! I am impressed with how much great work y’all do!!”

    Our next onsite tour is being held December 5-6, 2013. If you'd like to join us or learn more, please contact Justine Patterson at (651) 645-5323 ext. 1622 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Obamacare and the Benefits for Those in Eating Disorder Treatment

October 04, 2013.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — better known as Obamacare — will be well on its way toward full implementation. Because of the many myths and fears due to this change, CCED would like to summarize the facts of the law and the benefits to those in eating disorder treatment.

    Simply put, Obamacare provides an avenue to insurance for all Americans. It in no way represents a government takeover of health care.

    Historically, the insurance market has excluded many people, including those with a history of prior illness or those who fall into various groups rated by age, gender or previous utilization of the health-care system. But under the ACA, everyone will be able to get private insurance — with no barriers.

    For those with eating disorders, this is particularly important. As far too many have learned, an eating disorder is a pre-existing condition, which in the past insurers have used to deny care. This will no longer be the case.

    Additionally, under the ACA, children are allowed to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26 (formerly age 18). Because eating disorders often strike at early to mid-adolescence, this is also very important to our field.

    Another major advantage of the ACA is lower insurance rates. Multiple studies from several independent foundations predict lower health-care costs for consumers and lower insurance payments, particularly for those with significant disorders, such as eating disorders, as they will no longer be placed in a "high-risk pool."

    Lastly, the ACA will expand Medicaid, so that those who fall below the poverty line can receive health-care insurance. (This is still being debated by the Ohio House and Senate, although it has been proposed and actively supported by Governor John Kasich. Please contact your representative on this important issue.)

    Beginning this month, health-care exchanges are now set up so that anyone who wants to purchase health care and is not covered by their employer is able to do so. There are 12 insurance companies providing care through these exchanges in Ohio. Consumers are now able to compare benefits, costs and make decisions about the plan they require.

    Thanks to the ACA, no one will be denied health care based on health history, age or gender. If you have been denied health insurance in the past, this will change as of January 2014.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please visit, contact your health-care provider or your treatment team.

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