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June 2016 - Recovery
4 Essential Steps that Led to my Recovery from Anorexia
By Mark Warren, M.D.
It is a joy to share my story of recovery; sharing it has a positive impact on my life. It helps me understand myself better and who I want to be in this world.
I was inspired to work as an eating disorder professional because I had anorexia growing up. I am so glad to be able to be a professional who has recovered from this experience and, of course, this impacts what I believe about recovery and living a life free from anorexia.
As a man, being able to recover from anorexia is crucially important to me because this illness is often overlooked in men, but clearly is present and continues to be underrepresented and undertreated. We know very little about how men recover from anorexia. We don’t know if it’s similar to how women recover and I really want to be a part of the effort in gaining this knowledge.
For me, there are 4 steps to full recovery from anorexia. I’m aware that each person with this illness has his own story of recovery; I’m aware this story is mine alone.
- The first important step of recovery from anorexia is getting fed. The core question is who will feed me? If you have anorexia, you cannot feed yourself as that is the essence of the illness. Will a friend, family member, or treatment team feed you?
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Three Essential Steps In My Recovery From Bulimia
By Caroline Adams Miller
Thirty-two years ago, I was in a wasteland when it came to my secret eating disorder, bulimia. It was 1984, I was a 22-year old married college graduate who was entering her eighth year of bulimia, and in spite of the multiple warning signs – deteriorating athletic performance, gum erosion, missing food, mood changes, and so much more – I was alone in my misery.
It was a terrible time for anyone who wanted to get better. Not much was known about bulimia, there was no treatment that had been proven to work, and the only media attention that went in this direction was around its dead victims, most notably singer Karen Carpenter.
It was in this environment that I found myself, and it was only out of desperation that I slunk into a church basement for a 12-step meeting of compulsive overeaters. I had no proof it would work, but I felt like my behavior was similar to alcoholism, and if the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous was helping people to get sober, something at this particular meeting might help me stop feeling compulsive and weak when it came to food.
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The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, led by Harry Brandt, M.D., and Steven Crawford, M.D., offers comprehensive care for children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Located in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, we’ve been a national leader in evidence-based treatment since 1989, providing highly specialized individual, group, and family therapies.
Our full continuum of care includes a range of complementary treatment programs to meet the specific needs of patients throughout each stage of recovery. These levels of care include:
24 hour/day inpatient program
12 hour/day partial hospital program (PHP)
4 day/week evening intensive outpatient program (IOP)
Comprehensive outpatient services
Free support groups and collaborative care workshops for caregivers
The Center’s philosophy involves a definition of recovery that includes the achievement of medical, nutritional, and psychological stabilization. With treatment rooted in experience and guided by the latest evidence on best practices for care, our multidisciplinary staff supports patients and families in the development of healthy coping mechanisms as a replacement for eating disorder behaviors.
Individual and group therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, body image therapies, art therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, and mindfulness approaches. Family therapy is guided by a family-based treatment approach and family systems theory.
Most insurance accepted. To learn more about our program visit eatingdisorder.org or call 410-938-5252. Free and confidential phone assessments available during regular business hours.
Three Essential Steps in My Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder
By Ellen Shuman, Binge Eating Recovery Coach
Critical Insight #1: I realized I shifted my attention to “food-thoughts” whenever I didn’t want to think, feel, or do something else.
As I listen daily to others talk about origins of their Binge Eating Disorder, I realize my own story is not at all unique. My details might be different from yours, but we all have a story to unravel; a narrative from which to learn and grow. Here’s mine…
I grew up in a garden-variety dysfunctional family. My Mom was unpredictable; sometimes loving, often angry. She had no emotional regulation skills! Much of my energy as a child went into figuring out ways to manage her moods, just so I could feel safe. There was no room in that family for my feelings.
My Dad was emotionally and physically absent; he’d leave the house whenever my Mom raged.
He left the house for good when I was 14 and married his mistress.
Both of my parents managed their emotions with food; sometimes through restricting, sometimes through bingeing. Many-a-night I’d catch Mom or Dad standing in a darkened kitchen sneaking something sweet from under a dome-covered cake plate, shame and crumbs visible on their faces.
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Kait Fortunato, RD, LD, Dana Magee RD, LD, CLT and Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD joined us for an interview on their book Taste the Sweet Rebellion: REBEL Against Dieting Workbook. What follows are our questions in italics, and their thoughtful answers.
What experiences as Registered Dietitians led you to become REBEL Dietitians?
Being dietitians in private practice we see a high volume of clients, many of whom sought us out for weight loss. Unfortunately, we were seeing client after client coming into our office feeling defeated after following numerous diet programs in their past, losing weight, only to regain the weight a year or two later. Hearing that they were ready to try to lose weight again made us stop and think, is another diet really what this client needs? We wanted them to live a life free from the sense of failure that comes along with dieting and protect them from spending all of their time and energy on calorie counting, guilt, and shame.
One of our first goals in writing the REBEL workbook was to show people that they did not fail, but it was actually the diets who failed them. Dieting is not the answer and although we live in a diet-filled society and we are DIETitians, we know firsthand that dieting erodes self-esteem and for some can be a gateway drug to a full-fledged eating disorder.
To read the complete interview, please click here.Upcoming Events
The Renfrew Center - Eating Disorders: Integrating Brain, Body and the Therapeutic Relationship
Date: June 1, 2016
Location: Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT
World Eating Disorders Action Day
Date: June 2, 2016
Location: Online Worldwide
Project HEAL's 8th Anniversary Gala
Date: June 3, 2016
Location: New York, NY
Eating Disorders in Sports Conference Presented by The Victory Program at McCallum Place
Date: June 10-11, 2016
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
The Summit for Clinical Excellence: National Eating Disorders Conference.
Date: June 15-17, 2016
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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The National Eating Disorders Association is hosting a FREE one-day Body Project Training for ages 18+ on from at the Bauer Community Center in Millburn, NJ.
NEDA recently launched our implementation of The Body Project, an eating disorder prevention and early intervention program. Backed by twenty years of research, The Body Project gives high school and college-aged girls the tools and skills to confront the unrealistic beauty ideals around them while engaging them in the development of a healthy body image. At the end of this one-day training, participants will be qualified to facilitate The Body Project in their communities.
This program training will be held by NEDA’s Body Project Consultant, Chelsea Kronengold.
Venue: Bauer Community Center – Youth Room
100 Main St. Millburn, NJ 07041
Breakfast and lunch will be served.
RSVP for this free training by www.myneda.org/. Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP please visit
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