3 defining symptoms of eating disorders that everyone overlooks

The textbook definitions of eating disorders mainly relate to how a person eats food. For example, someone who has an eating disorder typically restricts food, binge eats, and/or purges in an attempt to negate caloric intake. A person who has an eating disorder is often dedicated to hiding these eating symptoms in order to avoid … Continue reading 3 defining symptoms of eating disorders that everyone overlooks

What to do when your child relapses (again) during eating disorder recovery

A lot of parents understandably want their child to recover as quickly as possible from their eating disorder. Full recovery suggests to us that we have done our jobs as parents "correctly" and can now relax with a healthy child. Unfortunately, many parents find themselves frustrated because their child's eating disorder keeps coming back. Just … Continue reading What to do when your child relapses (again) during eating disorder recovery

What it feels like to get away with your eating disorder in plain sight

Most people who have eating disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated, often for life. This is partly due to the weight stigma that surrounds eating disorders, which means that only those who become "medically underweight" based on BMI standards are recognized as having eating disorders. While a lot of us who are undiagnosed will find our … Continue reading What it feels like to get away with your eating disorder in plain sight

Eating disorders can hide in plain sight when we limit diagnosis to weight and food behaviors

But she doesn’t look like she has an eating disorder! What people need to know about the emotional profile of eating disorders

The popular presentation of eating disorders is an emaciated white girl with haunted eyes, and while there are some people who have eating disorders who fit that profile, they are by far the minority. Only 14.5% of all eating disorders meet the clinical underweight criteria for Anorexia Nervosa, and even those who are clinically underweight … Continue reading But she doesn’t look like she has an eating disorder! What people need to know about the emotional profile of eating disorders

Eating disorders frequently show up during college - what a parent can do to help

What to do when your child is at college and tells you they have an eating disorder

The majority of eating disorders present themselves during adolescence, which extends through the college years. The disruption of going to college may be the impetus for a latent eating disorder to go full-force. Or it may be the very first time your child experiences the symptoms of an eating disorder. Parents can help their college-age … Continue reading What to do when your child is at college and tells you they have an eating disorder

Eating disorders are driven by the diet industry and media

Tackling the central villains of eating disorders: the diet industry & the media

To tackle the problem of eating disorders, we must look at the villains that drive eating disorder behavior: the diet industry and the media. Both of these for-profit industries have sold us on a concept that being fat is bad, and that each and every one of us is responsible for our body weight and … Continue reading Tackling the central villains of eating disorders: the diet industry & the media

the science of weight loss can help people recover from eating disorders

A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

Eating disorders are known to be complex, and many parents find that a child who has an eating disorder seems completely stuck in their misunderstanding of food and body size. There are two crucial elements to healing from an eating disorder: The first is emotional: a person must learn to process feelings and emotions in … Continue reading A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

Rosewood Center for Eating Disorders in Santa Monica, California provides outpatient care for adolescents/teenagers/teens who have eating disorders

What happens when you send your teenager to an outpatient treatment center for an eating disorder (Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Santa Monica)

There are many options for treating an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and associated disorders. Which treatment plan you choose for your child depends mostly on your child's individual situation and your family situation. Not every child will need to attend a treatment center. If you determine that attending a treatment center … Continue reading What happens when you send your teenager to an outpatient treatment center for an eating disorder (Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Santa Monica)