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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community.

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National Lobby Day for the FREED Act

April 13, 2012.
  • The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) bi-annual National Lobby Day will be on April 24, 2012 in Washington DC. Twice a year professionals and advocates in the eating disorder field travel to Washington DC to talk with Members of Congress. Their objectives are to increase the awareness of the presence of eating disorders in the United States, bolster funding for research and to change the way people with eating disorders have access care.

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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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From Recovery to Liberation

March 30, 2012.
  • Jenni SchaeferJoin us in Seattle on April 26th for an evening with Jenni Schaefer, author of "goodbye ed, hello me.”

    Jenni is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and singer/songwriter, whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. She is a consultant with Center for Change and a member of the Ambassador Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. Her work has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and Woman’s World.

    Jenni Schaefer: “From Recovery to Liberation”
    When: Thursday, April 26th
    Time: Doors Open 6:00 PM; Event Begins 6:30 PM
    Where: Seattle Pacific University
    Upper Gwinn Commons Area
    3310 Sixth Avenue W
    Seattle, WA 98119

    This event is FREE and open to the public, a book signing is scheduled to follow the event.

    Jenni Schaefer: “From Recovery to Liberation” is sponsored by Center for Change and The Emily Program.

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Gardening at The Emily Program

March 23, 2012.
  • Gardening toolsWelcome spring!

    Ready to get outside, soak up some spring sunshine, and get your hands dirty?

    The Emily Program’s Gardening Club is gearing up for another season of growing! Our vegetable and herb gardens are located at our St. Paul (2265 Como) location near the south side of the building.

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