In praise of the difficult patients

When I was being treated for my eating disorder, I was a pain in the ass. I say this not with shame and loathing or as a badge of pride. I was a pain; that’s pretty much a fact. I lied, I cheated, I stayed silent when I should have talked and talked when I […]

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Back to Blogging

So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. To be honest, the depression and anxiety fully kicked my butt, and it was So. Much. Harder. to get my eating back on track than I anticipated, partly due to the anxiety and depression and partly due to the fact that I increased in my intake and […]

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Letting go of the idealized recovery

If you hear some in the eating disorder community talk about recovery, you could be forgiven for thinking that they were trying to get you to buy a timeshare at a resort. Recovery, they say, is where you love yourself. You love your body. You accept your imperfections. Your life is good, so good. You’ve gotten to the root of your […]

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A tale of two anorexia genetics studies

Over the past month, there have been two major, news-grabbing studies on the genetics of anorexia. Both of these studies carried headlines saying something like “Anorexia genes found!” There are several problems with this: There are no such thing as “anorexia genes” These two studies were VERY different and found VERY different things. Given that the […]

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Puberty and Eating Disorders- The Perfect Storm

Puberty sucks. Let’s just get that out of the way. Your body is changing, sprouting breasts and zits at the most inopportune of times. The angst of being more or less “developed” than your friends (hello, locker room comparisons!) is difficult. Then there are the psychosocial changes. Your peer relations grow much more complicated, you […]

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NEDIC poster gets it wrong

The National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) in Canada has just released a photo of their new informational eating disorders poster: (Source) Ummm…what? Aside from making EDs seem like a stupid teenage romance, it’s just…I can’t…WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING? NEDIC said the point of the campaign was to get people talking. And I […]

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Caught in the Workplace Wellness Crossfire: My post for WSAW

Today I blogged about my experience with employee wellness programs and weight stigma for Weight Stigma Awareness Week. I’m re-posting it here. Read the original. Returning to work after a six week hiatus is generally awkward. When the hiatus is due to a life-threatening eating disorder and a suicide attempt, it’s even more awkward. But […]

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Charlotte’s Helix, Charlotte’s Legacy

My dear friend Charlotte doesn’t have much time left. A few months ago, she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and she’s hoping for another six months. It’s not enough time for her to celebrate another birthday. This hasn’t stopped Charlotte. After helping her daughter recover from anorexia in 2009, she has remained on the […]

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Letting go of the “ideal” body weight

Read through the research literature on eating disorders–especially anorexia–and you won’t be able to avoid the phrase “ideal body weight.” Weights are expressed as “% IBW.” Treatment is measured as to whether sufferers are able to return to 85%, 90% or 95% (pick one) of “ideal body weight.” It’s a phrase I seriously hate. In […]

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The treatment variables that affect long-term recovery

The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate ED symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces ED symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an ED […]

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