Posts Tagged ‘Athletes’

Jenny’s Recovery Story: Finding Peace and Healing at The Emily Program

Jenny Scherer

**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 and symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist as needed.

Jenny Scherer was a college athlete who struggled with anorexia. She is currently recovered and is a runner, yogi, and WI sports fan. Jenny works to help student-athletes learn, develop and thrive.

Early Intervention is Important

I’ve thought a lot about what someone could have said to me that would have made me get treatment for my eating disorder sooner than I actually did, particularly because I want to continue to be the advocate and the educator that I didn’t have in my time as a college and professional athlete. I believe strongly in educating student-athletes about their risk for eating disorders and intervening as early as possible when there are warning signs.

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Kare 11 Interview: Eating Disorders in Olympians

Kare 11 News

Last night, Jessie Diggins was featured on Kare 11 News to tell viewers about her experience with an eating disorder as a young adult. You can watch the full segment here

Nearly a decade before her Olympic gold win, Jessie was facing a life-threatening struggle with an eating disorder. During her senior year in high school, she developed an eating disorder that quickly morphed into something that was controlling her life. At 18, Jessie found herself engaging in disordered behavior and negative, persistent thoughts regarding her weight.

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Staff Spotlight, Lauren Fraley

Lauren Fraley

Lauren Fraley is a yoga instructor at The Emily Program’s Cleveland Residential location. When she is not working or practicing yoga, she is usually cooking, reading, or doing art-related activities.

TEP: Tell us about yourself!
Lauren: I’m the yoga instructor at Cleveland Residential… but I’ve already told a lot of the residents here that I often identify more as their yoga “guide.” I prefer the word guide since there are so many parts of yoga that can’t be “instructed” — only suggested, or given space for. Outside of The Emily Program, I’m also involved in the performing arts as a director, theater-maker, and performer. I love cooking, plants, board games, reading, writing, and collaging!

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The Emily Program Partners With Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins

Jessie Diggins with Olympic Gold Medal

We are beyond thrilled to announce that The Emily Program is partnering with Jessie Diggins! Jessie, a Minnesota native, is a cross-country skier, Olympic athlete, and advocate for eating disorder care and recovery. Jessie Diggins will celebrate with The Emily Program and share her personal story of recovery during The Emily Program’s 25th anniversary celebration on November 3rd in Saint Louis Park, MN.

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Eating Disorders in Athletes

Male gymnast

Recently, conversations about eating disorders in athletes have been flooding the internet. People are wondering how coaches and parents can recognize symptoms and what the best treatment options are. There is a common misconception that athletics resulting in weight loss is the norm, but that’s not always the case. The main purpose of exercising is to build up body strength and muscle mass. Individuals who are driven to use athletics while restricting intake for weight loss are at a high risk of developing an eating disorder.

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Fighting My Eating Disorder

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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 Mitchell S. Moyer, a man in recovery from anorexia.

When you have an eating disorder, the thoughts that swim in your head are dark and relentless. You ask yourself: Will I ever be the same? Will I ever stop thinking about food? How did I get here, and how do I beat this monster? You rise in the morning. But as the day progresses, your energy wanes and those thoughts continue to weigh you down. You feel adrift in frustration, confusion, and self-doubt.

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