Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NO Foolin! FREE ANAD Support Group!!!!

Where: Rader Programs
26560 Agoura Rd. #108
Calabasas, CA. 91302
818-880-3755 Ext. 219

When: Thursday April 1, 2010
EVERY 1st Thursday of the Month

Who: Sally Staben, MFT., Facilitator

Contact: Nyssa Dunning, Co-Facilitator/Questions/Directions

Time: 6:30PM to 7:30PM

From the South 101: Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Left to Agoura Rd. and go Right. We are located on the left hand side.

From the North 101: Exit Lost Hills Rd. Right to Agoura Rd. and go Left. We are located on the Right hand side across from the Good Night Inn.

***Visit Rader Programs to learn more about eating disorder recovery

Eating Disorders Coalition Fundraiser Invitation

Today Tuesday, March 30th, EDC Junior Board Member Vanessa Shakib is organizing a fundraiser for the Eating Disorders Coalition at Busboys & Poets (Arlington location). Busboys will donate 5% of revenue from sales during the dinner shift (5pm-11pm) to the EDC. So come on by for dinners or drinks!
You can check out the menu here:http://www.busboysandpoets.com/menu.php

4251 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 379-9756

We hope you can join us!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Eating Recovery Center now featured in the Eating Disorder Hope Specialist Library

Eating Disorder Hope proudly announces the addition of Eating Recovery Center to our comprehensive Eating Disorder Specialist Library.

Eating Recovery Center

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Eating Recovery Center

Eating Recovery Center, situated at the foot of the Rockies in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, provides individuals 17 and older sustainable recovery from eating disorders. Our comprehensive program offers patients from across the country a continuum of care that includes inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient services.

Founded by Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, CEDS, and Emmett R. Bishop, MD, CEDS, renowned experts with more than 50 years of combined experience, Eating Recovery Center proves to be the culmination of their vision and expertise.

Medical Management

As a licensed Joint Commission accredited behavioral hospital, Eating Recovery Center’s 24/7 medical management, nursing care and clinical supervision enhance each patient’s stay. Full-time psychiatrists personally oversee the treatment regimen of every patient while an internist and nursing team manage patients’ medical needs. Close proximity to two major hospitals allows a seamless transition to acute care if medical intervention is necessary.

For extremely low-weight patients in a life-threatening condition, medical stabilization may be necessary prior to admission. In such circumstances, support from Dr. Phil Mehler, Chief Medical Officer and world expert on the medical complication of eating disorders at Denver Health Medical Center's A.C.U.T.E. (Acute Comprehensive Urgent Treatment for Eating Disorders) program, is readily available.

Treatment Program

Eating Recovery Center’s uniquely integrated treatment program cultivates lasting behavioral change and sustains long-term recovery. Putting research into practice, our treatment philosophy is drawn from innovative therapeutic methods centered on mindfulness, values orientation and collaboration with loved ones. We are committed to a seamless transition to aftercare and partnership with each patient’s treating professional.


Integrating state-of-the-art design with a warm and nurturing environment, our facility enhances the therapeutic experience through dedicated art therapy, cooking education and massage areas.

Treatment Professionals

Our collaborative team of treatment professionals is not only highly respected for their expertise in the field, but also passionate about each patient’s lasting recovery. This multidisciplinary team includes Certified Eating Disorder Specialists and iaedpTM approved supervisors.

Highlights and Features

  • Joint Commission Accredited behavioral hospital
  • Collaboration with referring professionals
  • Services range from acute inpatient hospitalization to flexible outpatient programs
  • Safe and secure location adjacent to a medical complex
  • Medical management with 24/7 nursing
  • Individual and family counselors
  • Personalized meal plans designed by registered dieticians
  • Classes on meal creation, menu selection and cooking taught by skilled chefs
  • Patients participate in their own weekly treatment meetings
  • Clear discharge treatment plans
  • Aftercare coordinator works closely with patients and referring professionals


Eating Recovery Center has published a number of informational flyers focused on topics related to eating disorders awareness and treatment. Please contact us to request a copy of one of our flyers or research papers:

  • Eating Disorders and Insurance 101
  • Eating Disorders in College
  • Navigating Holiday Eating with Confidence
  • Eating Recovery Center’s Report on Referral Practices

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Location/Contact Information

1830 Franklin Street, Suite 500
Denver, Colorado 80218

Toll free: 877-825-8584

Office: 303-825-8584

Fax: 303-825-8585

For more information email: info@eatingrecoverycenter.com

Visit our website: www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com

Chat with us confidentially at www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Are You Body Image Obsessed?


Individuals suffering from eating disorders frequently have negative feelings about their body and are overly concerned about their body size and weight. They may participate in certain behaviors and hold particular beliefs that negatively reinforce a poor body image. The following is a partial list of some of the signs and symptoms of being overly effected by body image. If three of more of the following symptoms fit for you, you may be at risk of having your body image overly influence your life.

  • Thoughts about “feeling fat”
  • Feeling shameful and guilty about your body
  • Avoidance of social situations that emphasis physical appearance
  • Looking at others to see how your own body size compares to others
  • Weight determines how good you feel about yourself
  • What you weigh affects your relationships
  • Pinching of body parts to measure fatness
  • Checking of reflection in glass windows to see how your body looks
  • Having special clothes that are used to make sure your body is certain size
  • Having clothes that do not fit to entice self to loose weight
  • Touching underneath the chin to check for a “double chin”
  • Feeling you can not give a speech or make a presentation based on the way you look
  • Missing school based on feeling you have gained weight
  • Checking the diameter of the wrist for size maintenance
  • Asking others about weight to compare your own weight to others
  • Asking others about clothing size to compare your own clothing size to others
  • Attempting to elicit comments from others about how fat you are
  • Embarrassment about body weight
  • Checking to see how close thighs are together when standing up
  • Checking for cellulite in thighs
  • Sucking in your stomach in front of a mirror to see what it looks like
  • Preferring to only wear baggy clothes
  • Pinching of cheeks to measure fatness
  • Difficulty undressing in front of spouse or other loved ones
  • Comparing own body to people on television, movies and magazines
  • Checking to see it body parts giggle
  • Checking to see if rings still fits as in the past
  • Checking to make sure same belt hole is used as in the past
  • Checking to see if you can feel your bones
  • Weighing of self multiple times
  • Fear of weighing oneself

If you take the first step to help yourself or someone you love: contact Rader Programs @ http://www.raderprograms.com ~ they will be there to do the rest.

***Article supplied by Rader Programs

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Teleconference: Why the Best Get-Well Tool of All is LOVE!

March 22, 2010
For Immediate release
Contact: Shannon Cutts
Phone: 713-906-9888
Email: mc@key-to-life.com
MentorCONNECT www.key-to-life.com/mentorconnect

June Alexander, internationally-recognized author of “My Kid is Back, grandmother, and survivor of a 44-year battle with an eating disorder, presents a FREE eating disorders teleconference on “Why the Best Get-Well Tool of All is LOVE!” for MentorCONNECT [March 22, 2010] – June Alexander, author of “My Kid is Back”, will present a FREE teleconference on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 8pm central time. All are welcome to attend. RSVP’s are required. About this event: “It is NEVER too late to recover from your eating disorder!” This courageous statement comes from June Alexander, a grandmother who emerged triumphantly from a 44-year battle with anorexia and bulimia at age 55. Today, she is an author, speaker, mentor, and all-around advocate for recovery at any age. June knows from first-hand experience how important it is to have the support of family and friends during the recovery journey. In this teleconference, June will share how she separated herself from the voice of her disorder, what specifically helped her to achieve lasting recovery, how to identify others who are willing and able to support you, and why recovery is always WORTH all the hard work it takes. This event is sponsored by MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders mentoring organization. Based in Houston since its inception in September 2007, MentorCONNECT now has a presence in 32 USA states and 12 countries, and has sponsored free events featuring such notable authors and speakers as Jessica Setnick, Jenni Schaefer, Dr. Carolyn Becker, Doris Smeltzer, Thom Rutledge, Kirsten Haglund-Miss America 2008, Dr. Kenneth Weiner, and others.

Event Details: To Register: Send an email with “RSVP for June” to mc@key-to-life.com RSVP Deadline: April 14th at noon For More Info: Contact MentorCONNECT at 713-906-9888 or mc@key-to-life.com View Event Flyer: You may also view the event flyer online at www.key-to-life.com

More About June Alexander: is first and foremost a survivor of anorexia and bulimia. She is the author of My Kid Is Back (Routledge), which highlights the experiences of ten families, and is currently awaiting the publication of her personal memoir. June is a strong supporter of the Maudsley family approach to treating anorexia nervosa, and is based in Victoria, Australia. For more information visit her at www.junealexander.com

More About MentorCONNECT: MentorCONNECT is the first global online eating disorders mentoring community. Membership and all services are always free to members, and certain events are also opened up to the larger community. In addition to offering one-on-one mentoring matches, membership includes access to a password-protected, moderated, PRO-recovery community forum with two live weekly e-support groups and one Houston-based book study support group, periodic retreats and special events, a wide variety of online themed support groups, recovery blogs, personalized profile pages, the ability to upload photos / video / songs / artwork, and moderated chat / email services. To volunteer your services as a caring mentor, be matched with a mentor, or find general support, visit us at www.key-to-life.com/mentorconnect

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Your advocacy efforts are needed on Capitol Hill

Please support the Eating Disorder Coalition's advocacy efforts on April 26th & 27th! Your voice is needed to help eating disorder sufferers obtain the treatment they need to recover and live productive and fulfilling lives!

Check out: EDC Advocates Wish List(http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/advocateWishlist.htm) The EDC warmly welcomes all of you who care about eating disorders from across the United States to attend our April Lobby Day to advocate for the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act (the FREED Act).

Advocates from the states below are in particular high demand as you may be able to convince your Representative to support this bill. We need your voice!

If you are from any of the states listed below, or know someone who is, we need YOU to come to the April Lobby Day.

Click your State to find your representative and please join us on April 26th and April 27th for our first Lobby Day of 2010 in support of the FREED Act...read more @

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Announcement! Cardboard: A woman left for dead is a must read!

Cardboard: A woman left for dead is an account of one woman's life-threatening eating disorder and her eventual hard-won recovery.

Author Fiona Place has created Lucy, a narrator who is capable of taking the reader inside the dark and often puzzling experience of anorexia nervosa. Ashen, thin and with a thready heartbeat, Lucy cannot understand what is wrong with her. The tour leader decides she is homesick. And lying on her bed, she is left to fend for herself. Alone in her tiny hotel room Lucy wonders what she should do? Is she sick or just homesick? Reluctantly, she decides to fly to an English speaking country. And to her embarrassment is taken off the plane in a wheelchair. Hospitalized, she undergoes a range of treatments - some harsh, some ineffective, others insightful and intelligent.

An astute observer, Lucy invites the reader to make sense of what it means to be ill. To understand why eating is so impossible. And as she fleshes out her journey towards a full-bodied and robust recovery, demands her distress be understood. Demands it be put into her own words. When it was first published Cardboard was recognized as a compelling portrait and one of the first books to understand the importance of the role of narrative in the recovery process. Similarly today when much of the focus on eating disorders concerns decoding the genetics and biology of the condition, this novel continues to provide an understanding of the individual's affective experience and the socio-cultural context in which it occurs.

"An intellectual and psychological tour de force."
Dr Liz Ferrier, Advisory Editor, m/c - a journal of media and culture, Queensland University

"One of the best novels ever to be published in Australia."
Amanda Lohrey, novelist

Learn more at: http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/resources-books.html.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


from the Daily Blog of Rader Programs by Emily DeGemmis

Recently, I have noticed a positive trend in the media (for a change!). Men seem to be much more often depicted expressing their emotions appropriately through tears and words, rather than through aggression and destruction. First, allow me to applaud this important step....

Now... As with many things, it seems to be one step forward, two steps back. Males are also being subjected to similar negative, damaging messages that have long been inundating females. From the covers of magazines, muscular, bare-chested male models and actors are appearing more and more, representing a standard of attractiveness men are now striving to meet. Commercials and infomercials for hair restoration or removal; penis enlargement or performance enhancement pills; home gyms, workout tapes, fat burning/muscle building shakes, powders, and supplements; sprays, deodorants, and a plethora of self-care products have all been popping up...finish blog

Monday, March 08, 2010

Free Book Drawing!

Please complete the contact form, enter book title in message, and you will automatically be entered into our April 5th, 2010 drawing to win one of two copies of this book!

My Kid is Back

By June Alexander and Daniel le Grange, PhD

(Melbourne University Publishing, 2009)

My Kid is Back explains how family-based treatment can greatly reduce the severity of anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents, allowing the sufferer to return to normal eating patterns, and their families to return to normal family life.

In this book ten families share their experiences of living with anorexia. Parents describe their frustrations in seeking help for their child and dealing with their behaviour and sufferers discuss how the illness gets into their mind and takes over their personality.

By focusing on the Maudsley family approach and expert advice from Professor Daniel Le Grange, and including clear lists of illness symptoms, strategies for parents and carers to follow, and information on getting further treatment and support, this book proves an essential resource for families who want to win the battle with anorexia nervosa.

Visit maudsleyparents.org to learn more about the Maudsley family approach to treating eating disorders.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Excellent article regarding weight, eating disorders and important questions to ask oneself...

submitted by: Rader Programs

Over 80% of individuals who develop an eating disorder began their dysfunctional relationship with food through dieting. At Rader Programs we realize that there is so much more to an individual than just what they weigh. One of our main goals of treatment is to help our clients realize this fact for themselves. Our focus is not just on the weight, and our staff’s responsibility does not include policing food intake or forcing individuals to do something that they do not wish to do. Instead we work from the inside out, concentrating on the individual’s inner beauty. Your weight on any particular day or time does not yield much information; as body weight varies do to water retention, humidity, bowel contents and menstrual cycle.

Finish article at: http://eatingdisorderhope.com/article_weight

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Check out the newest addition to the Eating Disorder Hope Specialist Library: Remuda Ranch

Check out the newest addition to the Eating Disorder Hope Specialist Library: Remuda Ranch

Also visit the full array of Eating Disorder Specialists in our Library dedicated to simplifying the search for simplified, personalized and caring treatment for those you love...

Visit the Eating Disorder Specialist Library Now

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Important Professional Network Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas

April 12, 2010 - Case Study of Orthorexia at TCU

Invitation to Physicians, Nurses, Counselors, School Counselors, Professors, Teachers and other professionals who wish to increase their understanding of eating disorders

Professional Network for Disordered Eating Awareness presents ~ A Case Study on Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes Unhealthy
Presented by: Carla Garber, PhD, Emily Haeussler, RD, LD and Kelsey Latimer, PhD (1 CEU Available)
7:00-8:30 pm @ The Kelly Center, Texas Christian University
2820 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109
Purpose of Network: to increase awareness in the professional community of disordered eating and effective treatments. Meetings will occur the second Monday of every month.
A light dinner will be served courtesy of Remuda Ranch
Please RSVP emilyrd@foodbody.com or call 817-377-3880

Monday, March 01, 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd Fashion Event to benefit the Elisa Project

Don't miss the ESTEEM Fashion Show Featuring the Fashions of Saks Fifth Avenue at Galleria Dallas The Grand Pavilion of the Dallas Trade Mart 2100 North Stemmons Freeway | Dallas, Texas 75207 TICKET PRICES $75 VIP Seating $25 Adults $10 Students

To reserve a seat, call The Elisa Project office at 214.369.5222 or send an e-mail to tep@theelisaproject.org. You can pay at the door or by credit card over the phone. FOR MORE INFO, visit ESTEEM on The Elisa Project's website.

ESTEEM – the newest event of The Elisa Project – is a celebration of positive body image held in conjunction with Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Wearing the exquisite fashions of Saks Fifth Avenue at Galleria Dallas, local celebrities will join girls and women, boys and men, of all ages and sizes, to embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self acceptance. By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.

THE ELISA PROJECT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, information, education, support, and advocacy. The Elisa Project was founded in 1999 by Rick and Leslie McCall in memory of their daughter Elisa McCall, a vibrant 20-year old college student who suffered with the pain of an eating disorder and ultimately took her own life. The McCalls wanted to share the message that recovery from eating disorders is possible and that no one should have to suffer or recover alone.