Eating disorders seem to be quite prevalent these days not just for teens but for adults as well. Check out this article on Yahoo! that talks about some possible “new” eating disorders that have been emerging.
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.