Exercise…What Kind of Shape are You Getting Yourself In?

Author: Calene Van Noy, RD, CD Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. As the Olympics begin and we see the dedicated athletes run, jump, or swim across our television screens, it raises an interesting question related to eating disorders. When does “dedication” turn into…

Food For Thought – Ten New Year’s Resolutions

By: Unknown 10 New Year’s Resolutions You Will Want to Keep! Be Patient. You have to eat a lot of cereal before you find the free toy. Strategize. If you want a kitten, start out asking for a Jaguar. Be Flexible. That way you’ll never get bent out of shape. Embrace your greatness within. Objects…

Music Therapy: An Innovative Approach In The Treatment Of Clients With Eating Disorders

By: Lynette L. Taylor, MT-BC Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Many of you probably use music therapeutically on a daily basis without even realizing it. How many of you listen to music that is more upbeat than usual when you need a little…

Effects Of Self-Concept, Media, And Gender Differences On Eating And Exercise Disorders

By: Kristine Wright, Care Tech Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Eating disorders have been on the rise and a center of study since the 1980’s. They have been a serious concern for patients suffering from these disorders, their families, friends, and health care…

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…

Suggestions To Help Anyone With An Eating Disorder “Get Through” The Holiday Season A Little Better

By: CFC Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. These suggestions and ideas come from women at Center for Change who are currently engaged in treatment for an eating disorder and are at various stages in their own recovery: Be honest about your feelings with…

10 Tips To Help Deal With Images Of Women Presented In The Media

By: Nicole Hawkins, PhD Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. 1. Avoid or decrease exposure to publications or television programs that promote unrealistic body images of women. 2. Remember that many of the images presented in the media have been computer enhanced and airbrushed….

Eating-Disorder “Proofing” Your Home

By: The Staff at Center for Change Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. There is no sure way of ridding your home of everything that triggers an eating disorder. However, there are ways to help make your home a safer place. Whether you yourself…

Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: The Pedestal With A Cage – A Guide for Parents and Families

Author: Diane Starks, LCSW Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. I once heard it said that when you reach the top of the pedestal, you will find there, a cage. What brings one to the top of a pedestal is some form of excellence….

Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Academic Education

Author: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD, Former Education Director Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. An eating disorder victim’s body is not the only thing being wasted as a result of his or her food, eating, purging, and/or restriction obsessions. The mind and mental…

The Value of Recreation Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Quality of life is intimately associated with leisure experience and opportunities for self-development and self-expression. Play, recreation, and leisure experiences are an important aspect of the quality of human existence. If we are to affirm our humanness and…

When the Road to Recovery is Full of Potholes

Author: Julie B. Clark, PhD Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. You seem to be sailing along with the wind in your hair and then bam! – you fall into a pothole. Finding yourself engaging in the same eating disorder behaviors you’ve been fighting…

Listen to Your Body

Author: Rebekah Mardis, RD, CD Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Life is precious and fragile. Through the senses of your body, you have a unique experience of life. As a child you lived in the moment, you honored your body by doing what…

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…

What Spring and Summer Bring

Author:  Julie B. Clark, PhD Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Summer is coming. What does that mean to you? Is it the renewal of life, warmer and longer days, wonderful smells and beautiful colors, playing outdoors, coming out of hibernation? These sound like…

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…

A Dentist’s Perspective on Diagnosing Eating Disorders

Author:  John M. Farley, DDS Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. 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…

Listening to the Heart (With Artwork)

Author: Randy K. Hardman, PhD Broken Hearts This heart is covered by a dark cloud with empty space around the heart.   This is a heart of gold that is “always broken” and “Always feeling pain.”   Her heart is in a cage and bleeding green blood.  The green blood represents how she does not feel…

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…

Eating Disorders: The Internalization of the Thin Body Ideal

Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Research over the last two decades has indicated that the incidence of eating disorders appears to be increasing. Health care professionals have reported what some consider to be epidemic rates of these disorders in recent years, particularly among…

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…

Twelve Ideas to Help Women with Eating Disorders Negotiate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas

Author:  Center for Change Treatment Team Eat regularly and in some kind of reasonable pattern. Avoid a pattern of “preparing for the last supper.” Don’t skip meals and starve in attempt to make up for what you recently ate or are about to eat. Keep a regular and moderate pattern or self nourishment. Strive to…

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa – Diagnosis & Treatment Guide for Professionals

  A POTENTIAL SAFETY NET Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. Medical Doctor, Minister/Clergy, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, School Nurse, Dietitian, Dentist, Orthodontist, Social Worker, Teacher (junior high through college), School Administrator, Athletic Coach, School Counselor, Dance Teacher, Human Resources/Personnel Manager, Health Club Owner/Manager, Professional Counselor….