A mother’s perspective: insights and experience gained in supporting my daughter in her recovery

Eating disorders are not well understood, isolating, frustrating, and painful. And that goes for the person who has it as well as the people who love and support that person. When a child develops an eating disorder, parents can easily become overwhelmed by treatment, fear, and frustration. It can help to hear stories from other … Continue reading A mother’s perspective: insights and experience gained in supporting my daughter in her recovery

Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Despite the fact that participating in athletics can and should be protective, for many student-athletes, it is harmful. Many student-athletes struggle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders at some point during their athletic careers. This is most likely due to a combination of the stress of participating in sports in today's hyper-competitive environment and the … Continue reading Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

What I want parents to know about eating disorder recovery, an interview with Kristie Amadio CEDC

We interviewed Kristie Amadio, Certified Eating Disorder Coach and Founder of Recovered Living. Kristie is recovered from an eating disorder and now coaches people who are in recovery and their families. She even lives with families 24-7 as they navigate recovery, making her an excellent resource for what really goes on during recovery and what … Continue reading What I want parents to know about eating disorder recovery, an interview with Kristie Amadio CEDC

Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are poorly understood, and there are many different perspectives on why they occur and exactly what is involved in their development and recovery. There are many theories pointing towards a combination of genetics, temperament, family, and social predictors. As of right now, all we can say is that these factors seem to combine … Continue reading Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

How to know if your child is “sick enough” with an eating disorder

Eating disorders are perceived as disorders in which the person suffering wastes away and becomes skeletal in appearance. It is true that a rare minority of people who have eating disorders begin at a relatively low body weight and, upon engaging in disordered eating, rapidly lose more weight and become medically underweight. These people often … Continue reading How to know if your child is “sick enough” with an eating disorder

Free Mini-Course: 5 Secrets to Parenting a Child Who Has an Eating Disorder

We have a free mini-course: 5 Secrets to Parenting a Child Who Has an Eating Disorder. In this course, you will receive information that will be immediately helpful in parenting your child. The course consists of five emails, sent once per day, every day. You'll learn how to take care of yourself, how to take … Continue reading Free Mini-Course: 5 Secrets to Parenting a Child Who Has an Eating Disorder

Four reasons we purge: what parents need to know about purge behavior

Purging behavior includes the use of self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, diuretics and weight-loss medication, and exercise. While the majority of purging begins with a simple goal of controlling weight, it is important to understand that purging can serve a variety of purposes in our lives. We are putting this information forward to help … Continue reading Four reasons we purge: what parents need to know about purge behavior

What to do when you are told or suspect that your child has an eating disorder, by Beth Mayer, LICSW

No parent wants to hear that their child has a problem, and eating disorders, like all mental disorders, carry a stigma that can be especially hard to handle. I wish we lived in a world in which we treated mental health disorders in the same way we do physical health. If your child had a … Continue reading What to do when you are told or suspect that your child has an eating disorder, by Beth Mayer, LICSW

What to know about eating disorders if your child identifies as LGBTQ+

If your child identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, you need to be aware that more than half of a group of LGBTQ youth surveyed indicated that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Of the LGBTQ youth surveyed, 54% of the participants indicated that they had already been diagnosed with an … Continue reading What to know about eating disorders if your child identifies as LGBTQ+