Treating eating disorders like anorexia has been traditionally focused on the individual with the eating disorder. Parents and other family members have not been included in the individual’s treatment. It was believed that removing the individual’s family would benefit her recovery. That the individual’s dysfunctional family was intensifying her symptoms and her illness. As a counselor who treats children and teens this model has always perplexed me. How can you treat a teen with anorexia or other eating disorder without including his or her family with and then place that adolescent back into the family that is considered so dysfunctional? It doesn’t make any sense. Parents will not have learned anything about the illness nor will they have learned any new ways of coping. The link below is to a Time Magazine article that outlines a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry led by researchers at Stanford and the University of Chicago. This study suggests that not including the family in treatment for eating disorders is a mistake. Thanks!
The upcoming Royal Wedding has highlighted Kate Middleton’s thin appearance and brought to light the term “brideorexia.” While many future brides try to lose unrealistic amounts of weight before their wedding most do not. Our culture does emphasize thinness to unhealthy degrees. The link to the Time article below talks more about “Brideorexia” and the real concerns of Anorexia in current times.
e-239″ />February 20th-February 26th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. According to its organizers, the aim of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.
Most people have heard of eating disorders. You may even know someone who struggles with eating or body image, but do you really know what eating disorders are? Eating Disorders include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors regarding weight and food issues. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder mainly characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Bulimia Nervosa is another serious and potentially life threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and offsetting behaviors like self-induced vomitting or laxative use to “undo” the binge eating. Next Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a disorder not otherwise specified where binge eating occurs but no other behavior occurs to offset the bingeing.
Go to NEDA’s website to find out more about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org. Call 847-338-9076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance and information.