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.
Well, that time of year is upon us. The ol’ guess-I’ll-try-to-squeeze-my-body-into-an-unforgiving-spandex-tube time of year! Some people call it “summer.” I suspect those people don’t have body image issues.
Articles tagged with: Teenagers
The Emily Program in St. Louis Park, MN is launching an adolescent intensive day program (AIDP) on June 5th. The AIDP will expand levels of care at the site, which currently offers an intensive outpatient program and outpatient group for adolescents.
Therapist/social worker Alex Montes shared some details about adolescent treatment at The Emily Program and the new intensive day program.
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’s why we’re highlighting the various roles within our care team in this blog series.
A recent study suggests that pre-teens who develop eating disorder symptoms may exhibit risk factors as younger children. Over the course of the six-year longitudinal study, researchers collected data on eating disorder symptoms, feelings of depression, and body satisfaction at ages seven, nine, and 12.
Katrina Hoch, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., C.D., Registered Dietitian at The Emily Program
Promoting body acceptance and weight diversity can be helpful not only for supporting recovery from eating disorders, but also for reducing the risk of emotional problems for all teens. In a study published in September in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Jaana Juvonen and colleagues found that perception of weight-based peer discrimination in middle school contributed more than BMI to emotional problems. They also found that the effect of BMI itself on emotional problems in middle school is indirect, as it is mediated by peer mistreatment.
Article: Eating Disorder Pathology in Elite Adolescent Athletes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 49, issue 6, p. 553-562. Giel, Hermann-Werner, Mayer, Diehl, Schneider, Thiel, & Zipfel. (2016). Access the article here.
This study examined eating disorder pathology in a large group (n=1138) of elite adolescent athletes.
The researchers assessed body weight, weight control behaviors, and body acceptance. They also screened overall for core eating disorder symptoms as well as for depression and anxiety.
At The Emily Program, we are always determining what type of services are needed and/or going to be most helpful for our clients' recovery. Recently we have expanded our intensive programs in Woodbury and St. Paul, MN to adapt to our clients' needs.
Words with Wisniewski: Research Review -- Focus on Perfectionism in Female Adolescent Anorexia NervosaDecember 10, 2015. Written by Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
Article: Focus on Perfectionism in Female Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 48:7 936-941. Hurst & Zimmer-Gembeck, 2015
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a difficult illness to recover from for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it's life threatening and secondly, the treatments available do not yield high success rates and are in need of improvement.
The Emily Program – Spokane Offers a Wide Array of Eating Disorder Treatment for Adolescents and AdultsOctober 20, 2015.
Our Spokane clinic continues to grow and add services for individuals of all ages and genders who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or related mental health and body image issues.
At The Emily Program – Spokane, our multidisciplinary approach ensures that individuals receive the level of care and therapeutic and/or medical services that meet their specific needs. From outpatient to partial plus lodging, our therapists, dietitians, and medical staff provide treatment with each client's recovery and needs in mind.
It is estimated 95 percent of those who suffer from an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
That's why The Emily Program – Cleveland has tailored its programs to meet the individual needs of children and teens, in addition to adults.
Acknowledging the facts about eating disorders
In the not so distant past, eating disorders weren't recognized by society - or even some medical professionals - as legitimate diseases. In fact, binge eating disorder wasn't added to the eating disorder portion of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) until 2013, despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States.
The Emily Program offers a full continuum of eating disorder care tailored specifically for male and female clients ages 10 - early 20s. From outpatient to 24/7 residential treatment, our staff can help young people learn skills to help them lead full, healthy lives. We offer a wide-spectrum of interventions, from Family-Based Treatment (FBT) to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT skills).
Our staff ensure that each person is provided the treatment that is best suited for their age and needs. A variety of programs are available at many of our locations.
People of any age can go through phases of specific foods that are more appealing to their palate. When this occurs in adolescence it can become a concern to parents – worry can begin around whether or not your child is developing or has developed an eating disorder.
In this “Ask Emily”, Dr. Jillian Lampert talks about how to approach your adolescent and what to do if you believe disordered eating or an eating disorder is possible.
With summer coming to an end and fall quickly approaching, many families have kids or loved ones headed back to school. In light of this transition, we want to share with you a few tips on creating a healthy body image environment for students.
By Christy Zender, MSW, LICSW, The Emily Program Site Manager, Woodbury & Toogood (Adolescent Outpatient Services, St. Paul)
Let’s start with a quick analogy.
Eating disorders and icebergs are more alike than one might think. Picture an iceberg floating in a vast ocean: You can only see the tip of the iceberg and have no idea of what is under the surface of the water. Most people look at an eating disorder the same way, only seeing what is on the outside, above the water. This generally represents the behavioral parts of an eating disorder – weight, size, shape, purging, excessive exercise, and so on – the things that you can see, measure, and quantify.