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Client & Family Newsletter
May 2014
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The beautiful thing about this place is that they are teaching us how to take our lives back, empowering us to empower ourselves. 

- An Emily Program Client

In This Issue
BED in DSM-5
Signs to Watch for in College Students
Professional Events
Mindful Moment

Put your future in good hands - your own.  

~Author Unknown 

Recovery Night 

May 13, 2014 


Leah Everson will speak about their own recovery journey.

Leah will be sharing her story of coming out of hopelessness, deep in an eating disorder for many years, and emerging into a life full of happiness, hope, enjoyment and powerfulness. She will share how rewarding life can be in recovery. She is now a mother of a 10 month old girl, in teacher training for prenatal yoga, and in full control of what used to control her - her eating disorder. She wants to let you know that anyone can recover, and everyone deserves to.

Date: May 13

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM 
2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community. 
TEP Blog Posts 

Catch up on some reading:


New Pre/Post Gastric Bypass Group in St. Paul, MN


TEP Music Monday Playlist 2

University of MN Recruiting Study Participants

The U of M is currently recruiting participants for the following study. 

Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa Needed for Anxiety Reactivity Study Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking adult females with anorexia nervosa to participate in a study to find out if people with anorexia nervosa respond to stressful experiences differently than people who do not have this disorder. Compensation is provided. If you would like more information, please call: 612-626-6147 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Emily Program -- 20 Year History of Treating Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder (BED), the most common eating disorder in the U.S., is now included in the DSM-5 as an actual eating disorder diagnosis (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The updated DSM-5 was released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013. However, The Emily Program has been treating Binge Eating Disorder since the program's inception 20 years ago. We have decades of experience helping those struggling with Binge Eating Disorder and offer a personalized treatment approach for our clients.


Anna* is a 42 year old attorney who is currently seeking treatment for BED. Anna has fought this debilitating disease as far back as she can remember. Guilt, shame, and distress caused Anna to flip-flop between restricting and bingeing, creating an uncontrollable cycle. "When I was finally brave enough to mention how out of control I felt to my physician, he just told me to stop being so lazy, exercise, and eat more fruits and vegetables."

Experiences like Anna's, unfortunately, are not uncommon. At The Emily Program we specifically address the unique recovery needs for our clients with BED. Using a multi-dimensional approach, our treatment team provides a safe and supportive environment where clients can and do recover. For more information on levels of care offered at The Emily Program, click here.

*Name has been changed.

Signs to Watch for as Your College Student Comes Home for the Summer


As college students wrap up the academic year, many will head home for the summer. College can be a transformative period for young adults when they learn more about who they are, who they want to be, and what they want to do in life. It can also be a time when various factors provide the perfect storm and an eating disorder emerges.


If you are concerned about a loved one who will be coming home for the summer, know the signs and symptoms to watch for in your loved one. 


Eating Disorder Signs and Symptoms


Eating disorders affect a person physically, behaviorally, emotionally, and psychologically, including:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
  • Excessive or compulsive exercise patterns
  • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite the concerns of others
  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting meals, feeling out of control with food
  • Medical complications, such as menstrual irregularity, dizziness, fainting, bruising, dry skin, leg cramps, hair loss, brittle hair, osteoporosis, diarrhea, constipation, dental problems, morbid obesity, diabetes, chest pain, heart disease, heartburn, shortness of breath, organ failure, and other symptoms
We encourage you to support your loved one by letting them know you care. Also, know that you are not alone -- join us at one of our free family and friends support groups to talk with other support people going through similar situations. 

Feel free to contact us at (888) EMILY77 (364-5977) if you have questions or would like more information about our services.
Join Us and Your Peers at an Upcoming Professional Event


In Duluth, MN: 

Now What? Multiple Disorders and Intervention

When: Thursday, May 22 from 3:00-5:00 PM

Location: College of St. Scholastica - Duluth, Science Building
Benedictine Commons, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN 

Click here for more information and to register.

2 CEUs available for professionals.


In Spokane, WA:

Journal Club: Males and Body Image

When: Tuesday, May 27 from 8:30-9:30 AM

Location: The Emily Program Spokane, 2020 East 29th Ave, Ste 200, Spokane, WA

Free to attend; no need to RSVP 


In St. Paul, MN: 

Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teenage Phase

When: Friday, June 27 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: The Emily Program, 2230 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN  

Click here for more information and to register.
3 CEUs available for professionals.
Question of the Month

Each month we ask a question that relates to eating disorders, body image, or recovery. Responses may be used in a future blog post.


Our May question is for individuals or their loved ones who have participated in any TEP programs: What do you think was the most helpful in you/your loved one moving closer toward recovery? (Was there an 'ah ha' moment?) 


Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us your response. Responses used in blog posts will remain anonymous unless you indicate otherwise.


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