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Blog Archives: October 2013

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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TEP Seattle Expands Treatment Services

October 03, 2013.
  • The Emily Program Seattle has officially taken up residence on the 7th floor -- you can now find us in Suite 700 instead of 650.

    Along with this move we are expanding our outpatient eating disorder treatment options. Here is a sneak peek at some of our new programming:

    • Neptune Lodging is now open! This lodging option is open to adult women who live outside of the Seattle area and participate in our partial hospitalization program. For more information call (888) EMILY77 (364-5977).
    • An adolescent track will be added in our PHP and IOP programs. This will be available to older male and female adolescents.
    • We will begin a separate adolescent IOP and PHP program – as soon as we have enough interest.
    • This fall we'll begin a Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating IOP.

    If you're interested in learning more about our expanding services or would like to make a referral, contact us at (206) 283-2220.

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