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Blog Archives: November 2014

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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Voices Get Heard at This Year’s Cleveland NEDA Walk

November 14, 2014.
  • This year's second annual Cleveland NEDA Walk was a huge success. More than 100 of you joined us on Oct. 18 to raise our voices and funds in the fight against eating disorders. It was the biggest turnout to date!

    We're grateful for NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) and host Olivia Armand for coordinating this special event. By coming together as a community, we were able to shed light on this devastating illness and support NEDA's prevention, service and treatment programs.

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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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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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