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 Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery
It’s spring and I’m attempting to start seeds indoors for my garden. Vegetables on my mind, I leafed through a food magazine with a feature on eating more veggies. I didn’t get to the feature on vegetables, though, because my page flipping stopped cold when I saw a photo of a 1980's Jane Fonda in her signature leotard/leg warmer combo. The caption made a quip about her (totally awesome) leg warmers before citing new research saying it’s harder to be thin than it used to be.
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
by Larry Espel, father of a former client
From sometime in 2001 through early 2010, our youngest daughter struggled with an eating disorder. That nine-year experience was very challenging for her and hard for me and the rest of our family. I have recorded some recollections and observations about that experience.
Mindful Eating is a phrase often used in our country and, over the years, it has been a practice closely associated with weight control, among other things. But what is mindful eating anyway? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? Is there a time and a place for mindful eating in eating disorder treatment? If so, how and when? How can it be incorporated into life practically? Together, over this three-part series, we’ll explore these questions more closely.
We have an exciting opportunity to share with eating disorder professionals in Ohio. On Tuesday May 17, Dr. Lucene Wisniewski will present the complimentary CEU training Eating Disorders: How to Screen, Assess, Treat, and Refer.
This presentation will provide professionals a focused way to:
- Identify the three primary types of eating disorders
- Identify at least three reasons to refer to an eating disorder specialist
- Describe four levels of interventions for eating disorders
- Name at least two ways people outside the eating disorder speciality can support an individual in eating disorder treatment
The Emily Program is starting a Client Advisory Board pilot program in Minnesota. The purpose of the board is to gather information about client experiences at The Emily Program specific to our services and programs.
We are seeking a diverse group of adult clients, current or former, invested in their treatment and recovery, who are interested in the opportunity to have a voice in The Emily Program experience.
by Maia Polson
To those of us with eating disorders, the concept of loving our bodies is completely foreign. We all engage in some form of over and under-eating, abusive self-talk, and a denial of our body's real needs. These behaviors seem so habitual that it's hard to imagine doing it any other way, let alone practicing love. I personally assumed that recovery could get my body healthy, but would still feel miserable about it. I knew the crazy body-love that all these recovered people talked about wasn't for me.
Yet here I am today, able to say that I honestly love my body. I love it every day, all the time. Allow me to explain...
Capitol Hill. The Senate. The House. All of these institutions seem imposing.
How can one person have any impact on the complex processes of our government? The amazing thing is, it is possible. As Americans, each and every one of us can impact our legislative process by using our voices. Speaking our truths, telling our stories, and sharing our own experiences can make a difference that can impact millions.
I did just this on Monday this week at EDC Lobby Day, talking to our policy makers about the Anna Westin Act. I went to Lobby Day because I know that passing a bill called the Anna Westin Act (AWA) will save lives. How does a bill about eating disorders save lives? The AWA opens up grant funding for training for health and school professionals and the public. With this training, more people will recognize the early signs of eating disorders, which can save lives. The public will understand more about eating disorders, which can reduce stigma and encourage those struggling to get help sooner.
Have you ever had an eating disorder?
Adults with current or past eating disorders (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating) are invited to participate in a University of Minnesota doctoral student research study on eating disorder recovery that involves completing a 10-15 minute online survey.
by Kitty Westin
May your voice never die
Before I go into detail about the Anna Westin Act I thought it would be interesting for readers to learn how the "dream" of eating disorder legislation became a reality.
by Kitty Westin
A reluctant advocate
I never wanted to be an advocate. I did not train or study or seek out "master" advocates to mentor me. I did not go to school or attend workshops or listen to webinars about becoming an advocate. I had no intention of starting a movement, being drafted into an army of eating disorder activists or becoming the thorn in the side of insurance companies. However, on February 17, 2000, the day my beloved daughter Anna Westin died of an eating disorder, I was launched into a life that I could not have imagined. The day Anna died of anorexia was the day that my life changed forever and the day I found my purpose.
Today’s yoga blog focuses on variations of a common pose taught in yoga: Downward-Facing Dog. Downward Dog is one of those poses many feel a love/hate relationship toward. I know the first time I did a Downward-Facing Dog and I heard the yoga instructor say “this is a resting pose” I almost laughed out loud!
At The Emily Program we know recovery is possible, often from personal experience. We enjoy hearing former clients, community members, and even our peers talk about their journey to recovery from an eating disorder. Gathering together as a community provides another level of support. It provides a forum that is safe, inspiring, and powerful.
This month we will hold Recovery Night in St. Paul, MN and Seattle, WA. You can check our website for all dates and locations of future Recovery Nights.
A recent article in The New York Times, "Centers to Treat Eating Disorders are Growing, and Raising Concerns," discusses the rapid growth of residential eating disorder centers across the country, but questions their integrity and program effectiveness.
This confusion is a natural consequence of the attempts by so many to find more and better ways to help those who suffer from eating disorders. For most of the history of eating disorder treatment, there were no efforts made at prevention, involving families or outreach into the community. In fact, there was widespread unavailability of treatment options for most patients.
However, as the eating disorder treatment community matures and looks to expand access to treatment, we are seeing a lively and much-needed debate about how to get the best preventative care and treatment to patients.
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
One of the best known and most feared complications of eating disorders is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is loss of bone mass, often throughout the body, and a significant increased risk of fracture and pain. Osteoporosis is a diagnosis made through bone scans, particularly a DEXA scan. A score of -2.5 or greater on a DEXA scan is considered to be osteoporosis. A score of -1 to -2.5 is defined as osteopenia. Anyone with osteopenia is at great risk of developing osteoporosis. Statistically, 40% of people with anorexia will have osteoporosis and as high as 90% will have osteopenia.
Eating disorders often present with other diagnoses, and one of the more common co-occurring disorders is anxiety.
Join us for a community education event on "Anxiety and Eating Disorders: An Intertwined Relationship." The Emily Program's Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Lucene Wisniewski will share information on the relationship between eating disorders and anxiety.