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Blog Archives: September 2016

Chewing and Spitting: A Little-Known Eating Disorder Symptom

September 29, 2016. Written by Scott Crow, M.D.
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    What is it?

    An eating disorder topic that’s been getting a lot of media attention lately is Chewing and Spitting (CHSP). It’s exactly what it sounds like— the habit of chewing food to enjoy the taste, then spitting it out to avoid unwanted calories or the guilt of eating a “bad” or feared food. CHSP can occur on its own, but is more often seen alongside other eating disorders symptoms. A cross-sectional study has shown that there is a strong association between being diagnosed with an eating disorder, like anorexia or bulimia, and lifetime CHSP behavior.1

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Some Things I Like About My Body

September 27, 2016.
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    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 Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    When I was a kid, I suffered a traumatic injury to my face. I was kicked by a horse. I still remember which shirt I was wearing—it was a white T-shirt with a green square that said “H20” all around the perimeter. It became immediately soaked in blood. The doctor who stitched my lip back together told my parents to be prepared for the suggestion of plastic surgery to my face. But, to everyone’s surprise, my body healed itself quickly and gracefully. Now, decades later, the only evidence of the injury is a small, barely visible scar on my lower lip.

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Eating Disorders Coalition Roundtable at the White House

September 16, 2016.
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     by Kitty Westin, eating disorder activist

    (Reprinted with permission from The Emily Program Foundation.)

    It felt like I was in a dream this week when I was standing in line for security clearance to get into the White House for a meeting with top level White House staff, key government agencies, and eating disorders leaders from across the United States. I wondered if I would wake up and realize that I was having a really good dream. I didn’t wake up, it was real! It was a dream come true!

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Men with Eating Disorders: A Hidden Struggle

September 13, 2016.
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    Many people still view eating disorders as an illness that exclusively affects women and girls. And it’s not hard to understand why. The media often perpetuates an image of people with eating disorders as white, upper-middle class females. But in reality, cross-cultural studies show that eating disorders impact people of all genders, ethnicities, ages and socioeconomic statuses.

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Mindful Eating: Defining, Demystifying and Determining Practical Applications, Part 3

September 08, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    This is Part 3 of our three-part Mindful Eating series. If you missed the first two, read Part 1 and Part 2 now!

    Hi Everyone,

    We have come to the third portion of our Mindful Eating Series: Determining Practical Applications. So far, we have practiced Defining mindful eating and aspects of the practice as well as Demystifying.

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My Own Victim

September 01, 2016.
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    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 Megan Haskins. Megan has completed intensive programming at The Emily Program and is a wife and mommy to triplets.

    When I look back at myself two years ago, five years ago, and even ten years ago, I see a beautiful image.

    Perfection.

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