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Does your doctor/ dietitian/ therapist really specialize in eating disorders?
3/27/2015 12:04:55 AM

Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness and require specialized care.  That means just because someone is a doctor (including psychiatrists), counselor, psychologist, dietitian, or any other health provider- it doesn’t mean they know about eating disorders. 

Recovered does not mean 'Eating Disorder Expert'
3/18/2015 10:59:53 AM

I am seeing a trend in the area that goes like this: “I have recovered from an eating disorder, therefore I am an eating disorder expert.”   How scary is that?  That’s like saying- I had brain surgery therefore I am an expert in brain surgery, or I had cancer therefore I am an expert in cancer, or I lost weight therefore I am a weight loss specialist (that one’s all too common) or I flew on an airplane therefore I know how to fly one.  Of course when we look at it that way, it’s ridiculous!  When I think about the fact that eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness and that “the risk of death is three times higher than in depression, schizophrenia, or alcoholism and 12 times higher than in the general population"1 it really scares me.  It scares me for all those individuals seeking help who end up in offices or gyms or who knows where else that don’t get the help they need.  You might not think it’s a big deal, but it is and here’s why.


Did you catch it early? Eating Disorder Signs and Symptoms
3/3/2015 6:06:30 PM

Sitting across from me on the blue couch in my office, the mom says- “We wanted to nip this in the bud before it got serious.”   Meanwhile, her listless and pale daughter squirms with anxiety.  After finishing a thorough nutrition assessment, it is evident that their idea of early and my idea of early are two different scenarios.


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