Dieting is ubiquitous in our culture. Everywhere we turn, there’s another commercial for a weight loss pill, an article about a new “miracle” diet, or a show like The Biggest Loser reinforcing the perception that society values thin bodies and respects those who are willing to go to extremes to lose weight.
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Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Tony joining The Emily Program’s treatment team in St. Paul, MN. Because his career has centered on the treatment of eating disorders and addiction, joining The Emily Program was a natural fit.
What is Diabulimia?
“Diabulimia” is a non-clinical term used to describe when people with type 1 diabetes misuse insulin to lose weight. Although diabulimia is not recognized as a formal diagnosis in medical and psychiatric communities, it represents a potentially life-threatening practice.
It takes a multidisciplinary team to treat eating disorders, and each member plays a vital role in getting clients on the road to recovery. That is why we’re highlighting the various roles within our care team in this blog series.
Dr. Mary Bretzman is one such team member. She serves as The Emily Program’s family physician in our Intensive Day Treatment program and residential program in St. Paul, MN, the Anna Westin House.
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.
While in most cases exercising is important for good health, too much exercise and not enough calorie absorption in the body can be harmful and even dangerous to your health.
This article talks about the health repercussions of eating disorders. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
The harsh reality of eating disorder mortality rates
Eating disorders kill. This is a harsh reality. Our clients are reminded about this fact from their loved ones, doctors and therapists. Yet, many of our clients believe that it will be someone else who dies and not them.
Eating disorders impact about 30 million people in the United States. They are associated with high levels of premature mortality, including an increased risk for suicide. Without treatment, up to 20 percent of people with a serious eating disorder will die. These are sobering statistics.
Today's practice is a guided imagery called the Hollows of the Body.
In this practice you will experience a gentle meditation to aid in connecting to the spaces within your body.
So it's that time of year. The time when the marketing campaigns begin, telling us "this is the year" to make a change, lose weight, get fit, get healthy, change ourselves and turn over a new leaf. Hey, I am a big believer in change -- it truly is the only constant -- and some change and internal focus is needed to grow and expand as a human being. It can be positive, healthy and needed. It can be helpful to step back and reflect on how things went during the previous year, what you want for next year and sketch out a plan of action on how to reach those goals.
As we think ahead to what this New Year will bring with an eating disorder, some of us may already be implementing our New Year's resolutions. Some of them may be centered around eating, stopping behaviors or maybe even recovery. (Remember, aim for daily goals, instead of an entire year to set yourself up for success.)
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Jillian Lampert addresses how The Emily Program approaches weight loss within eating disorder treatment for binge eating.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Jillian Lampert answers the question "Am I sick enough for treatment?"
We hope our tips and ideas were helpful for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder and all support people who celebrated Thanksgiving last week. If your family or friends haven't celebrated yet, we are here for you. Feel free to check out all of our staff's #ThanksgivingSupport suggestions here.
In the last 10 years, the notion that eating disorders are biologically based illnesses has begun to gain significant traction both inside and outside the eating disorder community.
Following "The Decade of the Brain" in the '90s and the explosion of research in brain chemistry, anatomy and function, we now better understand how we are susceptible to eating disorders based on a pre-existing neurological status and how our personalities, behaviors and experiences in eating disorders are all linked.
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 Clare Harmon, a former Emily Program client and woman in recovery
Confession: Until a few weeks ago, I hadn't had my teeth cleaned in over ten years.
Like many people, my fear of the dentist was cemented at an early age (this comes to mind). The dentist's office terrified: a noxiously lighted chamber in which the slightest transgression (you only floss twice a day and not after every meal?!) met the harshest punishment. I hated it. I hated the small talk, the smug dentist and his lackey, the self-satisfied hygienist. I hated the power trips and the authority and the "we know what's best for your body" rhetoric. When I left for college, I artfully dodged my bi-yearly check-ups. On several occasions, I actually reorganized gig schedules to conflict with appointments made months in advance.