People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

Estimates tend to vary, but data suggests that from approximately 68%-98% of people who attend eating disorder treatment programs report histories of sexual, and other, abuse or trauma. This suggests that when we treat eating disorders we need be prepared to treat a potentially underlying trauma history and even, possibly, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). … Continue reading People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

But, seriously, my kid is addicted to sugar. A discussion about sugar addiction with dietitian Marci Evans

It’s really common to hear parents openly discussing their kids’ “addiction” to sugar. As a registered dietitian, how do you respond to the idea that sugar is addictive? Marci: I’ve been carefully watching the science of food addiction for the past six years. Frankly, my interest stems from an instinctual sense of dis-ease about the … Continue reading But, seriously, my kid is addicted to sugar. A discussion about sugar addiction with dietitian Marci Evans

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Treating and preventing eating disorders with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, an interview with Brandi Koch MA, RD

In my work with parents of kids who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, I have met a range of parents, from parents who have eating disorders themselves to parents who have no food issues and are natural intuitive eaters. Regardless of where parents fall on the spectrum, my goal is to educate them … Continue reading Treating and preventing eating disorders with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, an interview with Brandi Koch MA, RD

What dads need to know about parenting a child who has an eating disorder, by Jeanette Alonso, LMHC

What should dads know about parenting? I believe the most important thing dads need to know is that they have a huge role in parenting.  Gone are the days when parenting was primarily left for the mothers to do. I’ve observed a shift where fathers are more hands-on and work collaboratively with their spouses when … Continue reading What dads need to know about parenting a child who has an eating disorder, by Jeanette Alonso, LMHC

Hope Is Essential When Working With People Who Have “Chronic” Eating Disorders, by John Levitt, PhD

I never use the word "chronic" or "difficult" when describing a person who has been struggling with an eating disorder for a long time and who has required medical stabilization numerous times. These people may have been in and out of treatment, and they may require more or different care from others, but they always … Continue reading Hope Is Essential When Working With People Who Have “Chronic” Eating Disorders, by John Levitt, PhD

Jennifer Kreatsoulas writes about how yoga practice can integrate with recovery from an eating disorder and eating disorder treatment

Why yoga is an excellent practice while in eating disorder recovery, and what parents should know, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

As an athlete in early recovery from an eating disorder, I first started practicing yoga as a physical activity that wouldn’t tempt me to overexercise or become obsessed with burning calories. Initially, my yoga practice was purely physical. I focused on learning the asanas or poses. I remember the thrill of observing how, with consistent … Continue reading Why yoga is an excellent practice while in eating disorder recovery, and what parents should know, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

Don’t blame the victim (or the parents) for eating disorders – their triggers are deeply embedded in today’s society, by Beth Mayer, LICSW

Too often, when a child develops an eating disorder, we blame the victims, the child and the parents, instead of looking at society. I think that eating disorders are much bigger than any individual, and we ignore cultural forces to the detriment of the people whom we are trying to help. Body control is a … Continue reading Don’t blame the victim (or the parents) for eating disorders – their triggers are deeply embedded in today’s society, by Beth Mayer, LICSW

Protecting our kids from diet culture and fatphobia as they recover from an eating disorder, and what to know about dieting during recovery, an interview with dietician Alex Raymond

Q: In our society, it’s impossible not to receive incorrect, fat-phobic diet and nutrition messages all day, every day. Our kids hear them at school, read them in magazines, social media, TV and on billboards, and talk about them with friends. What is your advice for parents who want to counter-balance all of the misinformation … Continue reading Protecting our kids from diet culture and fatphobia as they recover from an eating disorder, and what to know about dieting during recovery, an interview with dietician Alex Raymond

Hunger Literacy: teaching your child to identify and nourish their real hunger, by Anita Johnston, PhD

Typically, when we get hungry, we assume it's physical hunger, but when dealing with disordered eating behaviors, we have to become more thoughtful about hunger because non-physical hunger can often be an important signal of an emotional need. It can guide us towards responding to the emotional and spiritual needs that facilitate healing. Most of … Continue reading Hunger Literacy: teaching your child to identify and nourish their real hunger, by Anita Johnston, PhD

Questions To Ask Before You Send Your Child to Local Eating Disorder Therapists or an Eating Disorder Treatment Center, by John Levitt, PhD

If you have a kid with an eating disorder, then you probably have a lot on your plate. Finding the right healthcare providers is critical to helping your child recovery, but it can be challenging to identify which professionals or treatment centers will be most helpful. Unless it is medically prohibited, it's a good idea … Continue reading Questions To Ask Before You Send Your Child to Local Eating Disorder Therapists or an Eating Disorder Treatment Center, by John Levitt, PhD