The Pros And Cons Of Professional Conferences

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I just returned from presenting at The Renfrew Foundation Conference. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Renfrew, it is the oldest residential program providing women treatment for Eating Disorders in the United States.  Over the years, it has expanded to include an extensive continuum …

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The Power Of Vulnerability

Power: The ability to do something or act in a particular way, esp. as a faculty or quality. Power has a lot of meanings, especially when it relates to having an eating disorder. Often times, it seems like your eating disorder has all the power over you and you are just a helpless person in …

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The Pair Of Size 12 Jeans

In January 2010 I knew I had an Eating Disorder. I’d lost 3 stone on the second round of LighterLife, binged on several bowls of cereal and gone to the University counsellor, where I learned I might have a problem with binge-eating. I stopped doing LighterLife, hoping beyond hope I wouldn’t put weight on whilst …

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The Not-So-Hunger Games

Current film sensation Jennifer Lawrence recently told Life & Style magazine that she, for one, is not going hungry. Lawrence says:  “‘I remember when I was 13 and it was cool to pretend to have an eating disorder because there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie were anorexic.’” Now, considered somewhat plump for …

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The Innateness Of Movement

I’ve been spending a lot of time with kids and babies these days, and one thing I’ve noticed is that little people love to move. Babies and toddlers like to wiggle and jump. Grade-school kids love to tumble and climb. They dance and scoot and swim and ride bikes. Left unattended, kids will naturally choose …

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The Honest Truth About Life With Anorexia

The honest truth about life with anorexia. It’s ugly. It’s limiting. It’s hurtful. It’s harmful. It’s destructive. It’s miserable. It’s numb. It’s oppressive. It’s hell. It’s existing, not living. It’s about missing out on fun. It’s about missing out on experiences. It’s about pretending instead of being. It’s about blaming and not owning. It’s about …

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The F Factor

I recently received an email from my niece.  Some of you may remember the piece I wrote several years ago about my niece’s graduation entitled, Body of Knowledge. In the piece I wrote about how delightful the tradition of caps and gowns are in the graduation ceremony because they take away any emphasis on the …

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The Effects Counseling Has On Treating Obesity

The Conversation by Edgar Degas The Victorian treats clients struggling with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. Compulsive Overeating can lead to obesity. People who are at a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious medical conditions including high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, gallbladder disease, upper respiratory problems, arthritis, …

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The Effect Of Perfectionism And Eating Disorders On Relationships:

RozArt via One of the most important things in a relationship is knowing that you and your partner are on an even playing field.  However, for a person who struggles with an eating disorder, and addictions constant comparing and the strive toward perfection can taint a good relationship formula. When a couple or individual …

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The Cure Or…

Dr. Seuss Meets Size Acceptance As a girl I was protected from the Measles and the Mumps but not from the dis-ease caused by chubby thighs and lumps. I felt dejected when rejected and not labeled as a beauty. “Conforming,” I was told, is your moral civic duty.” My mind however knowing, that I deserved …

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