Eating Disorders: Through the Eyes of a Care Tech

Author: Lindsay Lovell, Care Technician I never realized how much control an eating disorder can have on an individual until I lived with someone suffering from one. With secret binges, constant lying, calorie counting, food restricting, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, I tried my hardest to support her as she constantly battled her eating disorder. After seeking…

Do You Want to Live?

Author: Former Patient San Diego, California — Think for a moment…do you truly want to live? This question can be very difficult for a person with an eating disorder to answer. Their self-hatred is so intense that they would rather die than gain weight. I know… I am anorexic. I am one of them. For…

Dedicated to the Past

Author: Jenny Dedicated to the past, present and future girls at Center for Change – You can make it through the darkness. You are all beautiful and inspirational. Believe it. I send my love to every one of you who reads this. Stand with me I’m the dead leaves of a weeping willow An orchid…

Dearest Women and Young Women

Author: Jenn Smith I want you to know that I believe in you and your great strength. I believe in your recovery and your ability to recover. We have been given a great deal of trials to overcome. We have been given such trials because of our ability to overcome and be triumphant. I hope…

Dear Girls

Author: Mackenzie Seven months ago, I never would have guessed that leaving the Center for Change would be so difficult. All I could think about was the food on my plate, the weight I had to gain, and how miserable I was. I remember calling my parents about 3 weeks into my stay, crying about…

Darling CFCers

Author: Jane Darling CFCers, awesome techaroos, and fabulous staffers, too: I can’t describe to you how excited I am to discharge from Center for Change – not because I can’t wait to leave, because this has become one of my favorite places, but because after trying to utilize the opportunities given to me here I…

Dilemmas For Parenting Amid The Social Pressures Of Eating Disorders

By: Dr. Kip Rasmussen, PhD The World of Those With Eating Disorders  The first thing to understand about eating disorders is that they are extremely difficult to grasp and treat. But if there is a shortcut to this understanding, it is to remember this definition: Eating disorders are a desperate and ultimately self-destructive attempt to…

Center For Change 1999 Year End Outcome Report

By: P. Scott Richards, PhD Center for Change Director of Research Introduction At the Center for Change, we use a variety of measures to assess patients’ progress. We assess specific eating disorder symptomatic behaviors such as bingeing, purging, and food restriction as well as beliefs about food, dieting, body shape, and so on. We also…

Summary Of Cimmaron High School Eating Survey – Las Vegas, NV

By: P. Scott Richards, PhD. During October, 1999, 423 students at Cimmaron High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, completed the Eating Survey (Hardman & Richards, 1999). The Eating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors….

When Difficulties Arise…”Hang In There”

By: Gina Marie Paulina – Soon to be: Gina Marie Andrews Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal…

Letter Of Hope

By: a 19-Year-Old I have spent countless days and nights sitting on the sidelines and living as my own worst enemy. For five years I lived as a hollow beaten shell of myself. I was ruled by the tyranny in my mind. I hated myself; I despised who I saw in the mirror, and I…

Letter Of Hope

By: a 26-Year-Old I would like to write a letter of hope to all you wonderful women sitting before me. I would like to just tell you how wonderful of a place the Center Of Change is. The Center is a very special place filled with spirituality, caring, compassion, support, and most of all love….

Letter Of Hope

By: Erin Marcoe Being in the Center for Change has changed my life forever! I now know who I really am and I have realized that who I am is wonderful, a sweet little girl that I no longer need to starve, put down or be cruel to. I also want to ask you all…

Letter Of Hope

By: Angela Hobbs It wasn’t long before I came into the Center that I was driving in a really bad thunder storm. The rain was so thick that the windshield wipers were practically useless. I could hardly see the road. I remember slowing down to 25 MPH. Besides the bad rain, there was thunder and…

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…

Summary Of Eating Disorder Survey Taken From Clark High School In Las Vegas, Nevada

By: P. Scott Richards During April, 1999, 296 students at Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, completed the Eating Survey (Hardman & Richards, 1999). The Bating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors….

Summary Of Foundation For Change 1999 Utah High School Eating Survey

By: P. Scott Richards During February and March, 1999, 859 students at 5 Utah County schools completed the Eating Survey (Hardman, 1999). The Eating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. A principal components…

Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) Success

By: Denise Stewart As Intermountain Regional Coordinators for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW), Foundation for Change and Center for Change had the opportunity this past month to engage in several activities aimed at raising awareness of the growing problem of eating disorders. The primary focus of this week (Feb. 20-28) was on our local college…

EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK

By: Unknown Growing Problem of Eating Disorders is Focus of Utah Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 20-28, 1999). Foundation for Change and Center for Change Named Inter-mountain Regional Coordinators for Annual National Observance. February 12, 1999, Orem, Utah-Foundation For Change, a non-profit charitable foundation devoted to promoting eating disorder awareness and education, and Center for…

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=…

Be a Queen

By: Oprah Winfrey Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of women who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is; your office, your…

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…

For the Loved Ones of Those with Eating Disorders

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: social,…

Dearest Women and Young Women

By: Jenn Smith I want you to know that I believe in you and your great strength. I believe in your recovery and your ability to recover. We have been given a great deal of trials to overcome. We have been given such trials because of our ability to overcome and be triumphant. I hope…

Letter Of Hope

By: Former Client “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?…. When we let…