Eating Disorder Treatment

Important Court Case Involving Anorexia

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

National organizations and individual advocates work tirelessly to educate the public on the lethal nature of anorexia. Far too many people continue to perceive this eating disorder as a phase or a simple bid for attention. Fortunately change is evident in certain areas. Recently, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong ruled against a 20-year-old […]

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Pediatricians: The New Anti-bullies in the War On Weight

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family. But sometimes, making fun of […]

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is ashamed […]

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ARFID: A Growing Threat to Young People

by Rachael Clauson, MAAT, Eating Disorder Specialist

Throughout the United States, those in the medical and behavioral health fields are very familiar with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Due to extensive media coverage in the past several years, the public at large is also fairly knowledgeable about these food-related disorders. Recently, an eating disorder getting more attention is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake […]

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a […]

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Cautionary Note for Young Female Athletes

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Many decades ago, organized sports were synonymous with males; athletics were mostly made up of boys, not girls. Today, teen girls participating in sports is becoming more common.  On so many levels—physical and emotional health, positive self-esteem and body image, improved brain function – this is a positive trend. Every moment a young girl is […]

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Healing Negative Self-talk

by Amy M. Klimek Stansbury, LCPC, Director of Program Development and Eating Disorder Program Coordinator
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In a previous TK blog we explored the concept of fat talk: who engaged in it, the whys behind it and the negative implications surrounding this type of interaction. Although fat talk is external, to a large degree, it begins as internal dialogue. This dialogue is a compilation of lifetime experiences. It’s a mental chorus […]

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Family Therapy and Eating Disorders

by Stanley Selinger, PhD - Family Therapist
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Families are systems that shape us, motivate us, but also leave us vulnerable with wounds and expectations.  Families with a member that has an eating disorder have often been characterized as enmeshed, overprotective, overly rigid, or as having a strong tendency to avoid conflict with a lack of conflict resolution. These families create poor boundaries […]

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Distress Tolerance: Acceptance Not Avoidance

by Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW - Clinical Training and Outcomes Director
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People who struggle with addictions, eating disorders, or mood disorders have finely-tuned methods of dealing with emotions by using substances, eating disorder behaviors, or engaging in self harm or other ineffective coping skills; each of these methods keep emotions stuffed inside. And, unfortunately, when not used as intended, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Distress Tolerance skills […]

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Eating Disorders: No Longer Just for the Young

by Timberline Knolls Staff

I recently had the honor to be included as an expert panel member on Huffington Post’s HP Live, a web-based show. The topic was elder anorexia, which is on the rise throughout our country. In the past, it was thought that eating disorders rarely occurred after the age of 35; experts now know anorexia occurs […]

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