We interviewed Dr. Colleen Reichmann to find out more about what it's like to be a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. Q: Why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because, quite simply, I wanted to give back! I have struggled with my own mental health issues, and have seen first hand … Continue reading Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.
Candy is everywhere. Every store, every desk, every place we go seems to be offering up tiny bites of forbidden sweetness. If you're like most people, you studiously forbid yourself from succumbing to the temptation of candy ... most of the time. But there are probably days when you just can't resist, and then you … Continue reading For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!
When recovering from an eating disorder, it's quite common to gain weight. Whether your child begins recovery in a body that is underweight, of “average” weight, or “over” weight, recovery requires a loosening of the food restriction that underlies almost every eating disorder. While your child learns to eat intuitively and feed their body what it … Continue reading When your child gains weight while in recovery from an eating disorder
Do you have a child who is living in a larger body? Are you worried about your "fat" kid? You should be, but not because of their adipose tissue. The reason you should be worried about your child who lives in a larger body is that fat stigma begins early and can have a significant … Continue reading Weight stigma and your child: what you need to know to help your child who is living in a larger body
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
We must look carefully at our society's deep hatred of fat on a personal, societal and political level. We must question ourselves as a society when we openly and loudly criticize 70% of our population. In a society in which it is socially acceptable to ridicule and complain about people who live in larger bodies, how … Continue reading Stop hating fat people, being afraid of getting fat, talking about people being “too fat” and all forms of fatphobia
First, parents should know that no eating disorder is “caused” by any single thing. Eating disorders are complex, and genetics, temperament, and environment all play a role, as do frequently co-existing conditions such as anxiety, depression, and OCD. Thus, no parent has the power to single-handedly create or prevent an eating disorder. There are many … Continue reading Parents, you’re not to blame for your child’s eating disorder, but here is what you should know about it, by Beth Mayer, LICSW
It is never a good time to discover that your child has an eating disorder, but parents can feel a special type of despair, anger and worry when they learn that their adult child has an eating disorder. If your child developed the eating disorder under our roof, but we were not aware, we may worry that … Continue reading Five things to do when you find out that your adult child has an eating disorder
I often get calls from parents asking me about how to get their child into a (usually inpatient or residential) eating disorder treatment program, but I almost never get calls from parents who want to know how they can avoid sending their child to a treatment center. I think many parents assume that a treatment … Continue reading What I want parents to think about before sending their child to an Eating Disorder Treatment Center, by John Levitt, PhD
Eating disorders have a perception problem. They are a disorder beginning with the word "eating," which makes people think they are as simple as food, but they are much more complex than that. Those of us who have eating disorders are using food and our bodies as a coping and communication tool, so the food … Continue reading Eating disorders are about much more than eating – a guide for parents who have children with eating disorders