Courageous Breath

By Nikki Rollo, LMFT I listened to a Ted Talk this week called Breathing into Life by Brad Lichtenstein, ND. He asked a question of the audience that drives his medical practice and his work with people seeking healing from physical ailments: How do you want to live? That question struck me as one we…

How to Maintain Self-Confidence in a World Filled with Artificial Beauty

by Center for Change Women anywhere from their teens, up to their 40’s have likely opened up a favorite magazine to find a “scandal” of a celebrity’s before and after photo-shopped picture. Whether these are a popularity stunt, or actual leaked photos, there is one reality, nearly all models and celebrities shown on magazines and…

Understanding One’s Worth: A Cornerstone of Recovery from Eating Disorders and Other Mental and Emotional Illness

There are few things more painful than feeling worthless or “not good enough,” minute by minute, day by day, and year by year. I know because I have felt that way myself, much of the time during the first half of my 60 years. Additionally, I have provided counsel and treatment to many hundreds of…

Athletes & Eating Concerns

Author: Melissa H. Smith, PhD Center for Change Eating concerns among athletes are both common and complicated.  While sport can be a protective factor in motivating the athlete in caring well for the body, there are also sport-related risk factors that must be considered.  These include felt pressure to conform the body to strict and narrow parameters in order to enhance performance….

Battling Our Bodies: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Body Images

How often do you look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy”? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change their bodies. For example, one study found that 63% of…

For the Loved Ones of Those Suffering with an Eating Disorder

Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD CLINICAL ADVICE One of the most difficult tasks any of us face is watching the struggle and suffering of those we love. It is especially difficult and heart wrenching to watch a loved one suffer with an eating disorder. What makes it so difficult are its far reaching effects: physical,…

What is ‘Better’: Chocolate Milk and More

Author: Jenni Schaefer My motto these days seems to be, “It gets better.” Even though my struggle with food and weight actually got worse before it got better, it did get better. Recovery is very difficult and oftentimes excruciatingly painful, but it does get better. I am definitely starting to sound like a broken record…

HOPE: Believing in Yourself and Letting Go

By: Jenni Schaefer You gave me hope. People like you who have confronted and overcome challenges in life gave me hope. Those who have battled addictions, triumphed over abuse, and survived broken hearts gave me hope. My hope deepened when I met men and women who had found freedom from anorexia and bulimia. Maybe, just…

Coping With A Loved Ones’ Eating Disorder During the Holidays

For most people, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of family reunion, socializing, and celebration – a time when families, friends, and coworkers come together to share good will and good food. The season is meant to be bright, happy, and full of the best of relationships….

Dieting is Out; Listening to Our Bodies is In

Author:  Alice Covey, RD, CD and Kim Passmore, RD, CD While dieting may not cause eating disorders, it is often a precursor. The National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders. It is far too common that eating disorders start…

The Importance Of Outpatient Follow-Up With A Registered Dietitian

By: Rachel Scott, RD, CD, CNSD Inpatient treatment for individuals with eating disorders is an important time for receiving adequate therapy, working on underlying issues, changing relationships with food, and establishing healthy eating behaviors. It can be more cost-effective than intensive outpatient treatment alone1. However, 80% of women who receive treatment for their eating disorder…

It Gets Better: Not Just For Everyone Else

By: Jenni Schaefer Hello. I would like to introduce myself. I am the only person in the world who cannot recover from an eating disorder. No matter how hard I try or how desperately I want to let go of my eating disorder, I am doomed to failure. It will never get better. That was…

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…

Tamagotchi and Eating Disorder Treatment

Author:  Elayne McArthur Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. 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…

Eating Disorder Treatment Questions and Answers With Several Center for Change Staff

Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. The following three questions were asked of several professionals who were presenting at a recent Center for Change Training Conference on Eating Disorders. These presenters had no prior knowledge of these questions and each of them, at the…

Eating Disorder Characteristics

Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Physiological Characteristics and Medical ComplicationsAnorexic and Bulimic clients are at risk of serious medical consequences. Consequences range from gastrointestinal distress to death. The mortality rate for anorexia is roughly 10 percent. Although most individuals with eating disorders endeavor…

Intuitive Exercise

Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Intuition is that inner sense which can guide our lives and what we do, not only towards external and sought after goals, but also towards inner peace and harmony. Living by intuition requires noticing, listening, understanding, and then…

Experiencing Change

Author: Kara Ohlsen CTRS, TRS Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. All of us learn by discussing principles and by actually experiencing the impact of these principles. Understanding mentally and feeling are both vital in making the lasting changes necessary to overcome an eating…

Defining Me

Author: Melanie Aldis Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. My name is Melanie Aldis and I have a message of hope for recovery. My message comes from personal experience, passion, and from the heart. I had an eating disorder for ten years, from the…

Therapeutic Insights in the Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder

Author:   Kimberly Crossley, LCSW and Wendy Jensen, LCSW Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Center for Change is committed to ongoing research with eating disorders to enhance the awareness and treatment of this population and our clientele. Last year we became part of a…

Coping With An Eating Disorder During The Holidays (2004)

By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD Five years ago, I researched and wrote an article on eating disorders and the holidays based upon my experiences working with women of different ages who were struggling with anorexia and bulimia. They provided me feedback concerning aspects of the holiday season that were difficult for them, from which I…

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…

Eating Disorders, School, And Academic Achievement: A Formula For Failure

When a parent, teacher, or school counselor is faced with the need to give advice on ways to help an adolescent with slacking academic performance, it is important to consider if that student has an eating disorder. An eating disorder is born out of intense distorted thoughts and beliefs, and an individual with an eating…

Managed Care

Author: APA Editor’s Note: “From the Therapist’s Chair” is intended to be a forum for professionals in the field. We invite you to forward articles or papers to : ANAD, Newsletter Editor, Box 7, Highland Park, IL 60035. Insurance companies, faced with the rising costs of health care and reduced profits over the past decade…