Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nutrition and Eating Disorders

We have an exciting new page in the Recovery Tools section of our website. It is the Nutrition Page. It offers articles, resources and eating disorder recovery inspiration! Check it out at:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Eating Disorder Hope is in the News!

Eating Disorder Hope (, A New One-Stop Resource for Everything About Eating Disorders, Seeks to End Eating Disordered Behavior

Fort Worth, Texas (August 25, 2009) – Millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders and many don’t know where to turn to for help.

Jacquelyn Ekern, a licensed counselor and founder of Eating Disorder Hope, launched the site,, to provide a comprehensive resource for support, referrals and education about eating disorders.

“My past battle with and recovery from an eating disorder fueled my passion to help others,” said Ekern. “My goal is to become a global resource for help and healing in eating disorder treatment. My advice for individuals with eating disorders is to get help because these disorders rarely resolve themselves. Finding professionals specialized in the field is key to successful recovery.” Eating Disorder Hope offers information and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, their treatment providers and loved ones by providing articles, book suggestions, a virtual library, inspirational recovery stories, relapse prevention and recovery tools.

“I wish Eating Disorder Hope existed when I was struggling with an eating disorder,” said Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. “I felt lost and like no one understood what I was going through. With just one click, Eating Disorder Hope gives people touched by eating disorders much needed support – letting them know that they’re not alone, that there is hope, and most of all that people can and do fully recover.”

The work of is possible due to the support of sponsors including platinum sponsoring partner: Rader Programs; platinum sponsors, Remuda Ranch and Rogers Memorial; and silver sponsor, Linden Oaks at Edward.

“Eating Disorder Hope is a one-stop source for the best information about eating disorders on the Internet,” said Sari Shepphird, psychologist, eating disorder specialist and author of 100 Questions and Answers About Anorexia Nervosa. “It is one of the most trustworthy and informative Web sites available today.”

About Eating Disorder Hope Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC is the founder of Eating Disorder Hope, a one-stop resource for support, referrals and education about eating disorders. The site promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery. Eating Disorder Hope fosters appreciation of one’s uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause.

For more information, visit,,

Monday, August 24, 2009

Exciting Grant Opportunity for Researchers in Field of Eating Disorders

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research

The Klarman Family Foundation is interested in providing strategic investment in translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The Program's short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of eating disorders. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients suffering from these conditions.

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments; and brain imaging approaches that identify neurochemical pathways in patients with these disorders. Investigators conducting research in the neuro-circuitry of fear conditioning or reward behavior may also apply but must justify the relevance of their research projects to the basic biology of eating disorders. Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, medication trials and research in the medical complications of these disorders are outside the scope of this Program.

Two-year awards of $400,000 USD ($200,000 per year inclusive of 10% indirect costs) and one-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD (inclusive of 10% indirect costs) are made to investigators with a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel.

Learn More

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nurses working with highly specialized patient populations

Interesting article recently published in Advance for Nurses about eating disorders treatment. Please share this with nurses who work with eating disorders:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Body Image Week

Body Image Week at Eating Disorder Hope! Does your body function well for you? Can you dance, run, jump, swim, climb and roll down a grassy hill like a kid? Maybe appreciating the "functionality" of our bodies is a good place to start when working on improving body image.... Check us out!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Turn Beauty Inside Out!

Is beauty an exclusively external thing? Or is it deeper than that? Great article on Turning Beauty Inside Out by Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD on the Eating Disorder Hope Body Image Page!

Check it out!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eating Disorder Hope now offers twice as many resources as before!

Eating Disorder Hope just launched extensive new

recovery resource pages about: relapse, nutrition,

relationships, body image, compulsive spending,

feelings, mindset, speakers bureau, insurance,

paying for treatment and more!

Check it all out at Eating Disorder Hope

Monday, August 10, 2009

How is your body image?

What is my genetic predisposition for my body?

What does obsessing about my body/weight distract me from?

Does my weight define my worth? Why or Why Not?

Is my perception of beauty distorted from years of media exposure?

Am I living a life congruent with my values and integrity?

If I had to gain a little weight, but could be free of the eating disorder,
would it be worth it to me?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009






Meet with Your Legislators during the August Recess!

The Eating Disorders Coalition is hosting our very first EDC Virtual Lobby weeks from August 10-28, 2009, coinciding with the recess on Capitol Hill. This is the perfect time to meet with your representatives while they are in their hometowns and make your voice heard!

Click here to download all the materials you'll need and learn more about how you can make a difference this August.

We look forward to your participation!

Eating Disorders Coalition

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Why Anorexic Patients Cling To Their Eating Disorder

Anorexic patients drastically reduce food intake and are often not capable of changing their behavior. This can lead to life-threatening weight loss. Using MRI technology, scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered for the first time processes in brain metabolism that explain this disturbed eating behavior.

The research work of the Department of Psychosomatic and General Internal Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital (Medical Director: Professor Dr. Wolfgang Herzog) arose in cooperation with the Heidelberg University Hospitals of General Psychiatry and Neurology. The results of the study were published in the prestigious American Journal of Psychiatry in June 2009.

Complete article available at Medical News Today @