Tamagotchi, Education, and Eating Disorder Treatment

Author: Elayne McArthur Did you know that by playing an electronic game you could learn about life? One of the hottest holiday items this year is the Tamagotchi electronic pet. If you haven’t heard of a Tamagotchi, it is simply a hand held, LCD screen with attitude. It has real life demands such as needing…

Intuitive Eating Research

By: Kimberly Passmore, RD, CD Center for Change has used a non-diet approach (intuitive eating) in nutrition counseling since 1999. This approach focuses on rejecting dieting and dieting concepts as well as tuning into the body’s internal regulatory cues (hunger cues, fullness cues, etc.) Our clients have responded positively to this dietary concept. We’ve seen…

Facts and Figures

By: Unknown * The average American woman is 5’4″, weighs 140 lbs., and wears a size 14 dress. * The “ideal” woman-portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses–is 5’7″, weighs 100 lbs., and wears a size 8. * One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger. * 75% of…

Dance/Movement Therapy at Center for Change

By: Laraine Miner, MS, LPC The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” This form of therapy is uniquely suited for those suffering from the symptoms of eating disorders since the goal is to engage…

Report On Foundation For Change Activities

By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD “Exquisite Pain – Exquisite Joy: Artistic Expressions of Anorexia and Bulimia” This art show sponsored by Foundation for Change, has shown in a number of galleries along the Wasatch Front since October 2000: The Springville Art Museum, Art Access in Salt Lake City, the SCERA Gallery in Orem, and the…

Over-Scheduling As Self-Harm

By: Kipling Rasmussen, PhD It’s difficult to convince clients with eating disorders that there is a limit to how little food they can eat and still live. Almost as difficult is helping them understand that there is also a limit to how little rest and relaxation they can get and still function. Clients often treat…

A Dentist’s Perspective on Diagnosing Eating Disorders

Author:  John M. Farley, DDS During the past year I have had a couple of patients present with some interesting health problems. Of course, the reason they were in my chair was to receive dental treatment, which I was happy to do. After their treatment I have given thought and consideration to how I could…

Food for Thought – Worry Chart

I heard of a businessman who drew up what he called a “Worry Chart,” in which he kept a record of his worries. He discovered that 40% of them were about things that probably would never happen; 30% concerned past decisions that he could not change; 12% dealt with other people’s criticism of him; and…

Fighting the Battle with Depression and Hopelessness

Author:  Emily A. Washburn, Recreation Therapist In this day and age, it is easy to become depressed, and lose hope. For those who struggle with depression, it is a very real thing. The feelings that accompany depression can prevent us from doing the activities we once enjoyed and can even attempt to isolate and separate…

Book Review – Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science Of Dual-Brain Psychology

By: Fredric Schiffer, MD Reviewed by T. O. Paul Harper, PhD Some may think it odd to find a book review about a book that does not mention eating disorders in a newsletter dealing with recovery from eating disorders. But in light of the recent attention focused on the impact of the “negative mind” on…

Treatment Cost Analysis: One Patient’s Experience

Author:  Center for Change As the cost of health care increases, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare related companies are struggling with justifying costs and keeping expenses to a minimum. Inpatient treatment of mental conditions is hard to justify. In an effort to create rationale for inpatient treatment of eating disorders the Center for Change…

Eating Survey

By: Unknown This is the Survey used in the High Schools and was developed by Foundation for Change Age _____ Sex _____ Height _____ Weight _____ Answer the following questions honestly. Write the number of your answer in the space at the left. Use the following scale to respond to each question: 1= OFTEN 2=…

Art Effectively Conveys The Personal Journey Of Anorexia And Bulimia

By: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD – Foundation for Change Foundation for Change is a non-profit organization involved in helping families, friends, and the general public understand the powerful and negative impact eating disorders have on individual lives. Over the course of the past year the Foundation has sponsored an art show which has been…

Conducting Practitioner Relevant Research About Eating Disorders

By: Randy K. Hardman, Vice-President, Center for Change, P. Scott Richards, Vice-President and Director of Research, Foundation for Change Jan was a nineteen-year-old, caucasian female from the Western United States. Jan had suffered with anorexia since the eighth grade and it had become extremely severe in the year prior to her admission. She had also…