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Blog Archives: June 2017

Making Plans

June 30, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Carla Bellino, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery.

    I am now 23 years old. I’m graduating in December from Baldwin Wallace University with my bachelor’s degree in psychology. But what if I told you that I don’t really have concrete plans after I graduate? I certainly have an end goal in mind, and I know what I want my career to be. But I’m not entirely sure what the road looks like to get there. The thing is, I stopped making concrete plans a while ago because I’ve learned that they rarely work out the way you think they will.

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Goodbye, Self-Acceptance. Hello, Integration.

June 22, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat, doing my best to explain yoga’s role in my life. Inevitably, thoughts of my eating disorder surfaced. I talked about my relationship with exercise, my unhealthy compulsivity with high-intensity activity and severe food restriction. My eating disorder treats numbers as fodder for obsession, so health clubs and gyms aren’t safe for me. Our culture recently recognized the self-punishment associated with “thinspiration,” and instead embraced “fitspiration.” Fewer people recognize the danger of fitspiration, although it encourages an equally destructive and punishing mindset. It celebrates those that ignore physical distress in the name of fitness. Both paradigms frame the body as something to conquer, shape, and control.

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How One College Student Took Over Washington (Not Really)

June 15, 2017.
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    by Liza Miller, a college student studying psychology with an emphasis on Gender and Women's Studies.

    "Wait so all of these people are in The Red Sea?"
    "No, no. It's called the REDC. The Residential Eating Disorders Consortium."

    This was the first interaction I had at Lobby Day this year. Considering I was the one asking this question, I was not off to a great start.

    To give you some background: I am a twenty-year-old college student studying psychology. So when my dad [Dirk Miller, Executive Chairman and Founder of The Emily Program] invited me to join him in petitioning representatives of members of Congress about eating disorder-related legislation, I felt both thrilled and wildly underprepared.

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Join Us for a Continuing Education Event in Northern California

June 14, 2017.
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    We have an exciting opportunity to share with healthcare professionals in Northern California. We are offering two continuing education presentations discussing the latest research in neurobiology and techniques that can support your treatment of clients struggling with eating disorders. The complimentary events (worth two CEUs) will take place June 26th in Berkeley and June 27th in Sacramento.

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Is It Harder to Self-Identify Disordered Eating?

June 08, 2017.
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    Many previous studies have attempted to decipher how women perceive the disordered eating behaviors of other women. However, previous researchers have not extensively examined how young women perceive their own eating pathologies. Among college-aged women, eating disorders are extremely prevalent, but many of these individuals attribute their disordered eating to the normal stress of college. Of the very small percentage of women who do seek treatment, an even smaller percentage seek help specifically for an eating disorder. This lack of self-identification is deeply problematic because timely identification and treatment of an eating disorder is essential for maximizing the chances of a successful recovery.

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The Weakest Link

June 06, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

     by Melinda Parrish, plus size model and body positivity advocate in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/melparrishplus/.

    To some degree, it’s fair to say that the military “trained” me for Binge Eating Disorder.

    To be clear, I’m a huge supporter of the military and am incredibly honored to have served. I have deep reverence for the military and everyone serving. But the reality is that 34% of women in the military suffer from eating disorders, much more than the percentage of women in the general population.

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