Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011 Edition - Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter

In this Issue

Treatment Centers
Spotlighted Event
Professional Resources


Eating Disorders and Suicide

By Remuda Ranch

There are many reasons why suicide is so common in the eating disorder population. Perhaps the greatest factor is the prevalence of depression in these individuals. Approximately 90% of those with an eating disorder are also clinically depressed. This is a very dangerous combination. In fact, the incident of suicide in this group is markedly higher than in those who struggle exclusively with depression.

Continue reading the article

Parental Involvement Important in the Prevention and Awareness of Eating Disorders

By Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, Founder and Director of Eating Disorder Hope and Debra Cooper, Expert Writer on eating disorders

Approximately 11 million women and girls struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Although the average age of onset is 14, girls are being diagnosed as young as eight.

In years past, an eating disorder stereotype existed. This person was female, white, usually first-born or an only child, a high-achiever and from an affluent family. That stereotype is long gone. Eating disorders flourish in every culture, race, ethnicity, social-economic group, and religion throughout our country. Anorexia and bulimia are also on the rise in the male population.

Parents can play an important role in the prevention of eating disorders. Throughout a child's life, food should never be used as a reward or punishment. Healthy, balanced eating should be modeled in the home. Exercise should be done for fun and health, not weight loss.

Continue reading the article

Treatment Centers

Timberline Knolls

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides eating disorder treatment for women on 43 beautiful acres just outside of Chicago. We offer a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, with or without other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse/drug addiction, mood disorders or anxiety disorders.

A leader in eating disorder treatment, Timberline Knolls provides real and lasting help for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center has helped hundreds of women and their families achieve long-term recovery, including many who have suffered repeated relapses because of previously unidentified or under-addressed co-occurring disorders.

Timberline Knolls recognizes that each woman has a unique story, and we are committed to helping her harness her own distinctive strengths. Our expert treatment staff forms a collaborative partnership with the resident, her loved ones and outpatient treatment providers. Together, we craft an individualized eating disorder treatment plan for each woman so she may develop the skills she will need to experience the joys of lifelong recovery.

View Timberline Knolls in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

***Generous Partnering Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Timberline Knolls

Eating Disorder Servives at Rogers Memorial Hospital

Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital

As the largest nonaffiliated, behavioral health provider in Wisconsin, Rogers Memorial Hospital offers specialized eating disorder treatment. Rogers Memorial provides 24-hour inpatient care, residential treatment and partial hospitalization for men, women, adolescents, and children. We also offer specialized care for co-occurring anxiety disorders and were the first organization to offer a male-specific residential program. Treatment is comprised of small, age-specific groups yielding the most individualized treatment possible. The treatment team uses a number of therapies that take place mostly in a group setting, where individuals get feedback not only from the therapist but from their peers as well. Rogers Memorial uses evidence-based treatment components including: Family therapy,Nutrition therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Pharmacotherapy, Art therapy, Movement and fitness therapy (yoga), Experiential therapy, Substance abuse counseling, Spiritual counseling, One-to-one support, Daily living responsibilities, Community outings and therapeutic passes and a Specialized family and friends program.

Rogers Memorial Hospital has treated thousands of patients and families affected by eating disorders. The staff of over 70 professionals, approach each patient, family, and referring outpatient treatment team with dignity and respect, and invite them to be contributors to the treatment plan. Rogers Memorial is a specialty not-for-profit hospital that has contracts with most major insurance providers in order to provide the best treatment options to the most people. In January 2009, Rogers opened a specialized inpatient eating disorder program for children and adolescents, ages 8 and up. Call Rogers Memorial outreach staff today at 1-800-767-4411 ext. 1310. to learn more or to schedule a tour.

View Rogers Memorial in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Rogers Memorial Hospital

Remuda Ranch

Remuda Ranch Treatment Programs

One East Apache Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders provides intensive treatment to women and girls. We treat anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, and related issues. Women and girls stay for 45-60 days, which is the minimum time required for true and lasting change to occur. Treatment takes place in peaceful ranch-like settings in Arizona and Virginia. Separate, age-appropriate programs ensure that patients are surrounded by their peers and receive treatment from professionals specializing in that specific age group.

Patients receive an individualized treatment plan designed to meet their precise medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Each woman and girl has a multi-disciplinary treatment team dedicated to helping her get well. This team includes a psychiatric specialist, a primary care physician, a registered dietitian, a licensed master's or doctoral-level therapist, a psychologist, and registered nurses. In addition to individual and group therapy, patients engage in innovative treatment strategies such as equine, art, body image and challenge course.

Remuda Ranch also offers an Emotional Eating Program. This 30-day residential program is designed to help women and girls struggling with obesity, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder. And for those whose eating disorder symptoms are less acute, the Remuda Life Program offers residential treatment. The time spent in this program, with individual and group therapy, often proves exactly what women and girls need to commit to recovery. Since 1990, more than 10,000 individuals have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. For additional information about our programs, please call 1-800-445-1900 today.

View Remuda Ranch in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Remuda Ranch

Puente de Vida - Bridge of Life

Puente de Vida - "Bridge of Life"

A Place for Hope, Recovery and Healing from Eating Disorders
P.O. Box 86020, San Diego, CA
858-581-1239 or 877-995-4337

Puente de Vida treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, adolescents (ages 15 and up) and adults who live locally, nationally and internationally. Offering individual therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, support groups, inpatient, residential treatment center. Puente de Vida is a place where therapeutic services are offered to those ages 15 years and older with eating disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use and other disorders. A private six bed, home-like facility, located in beautiful San Diego, provides an excellent setting for the sensitive, inner work that takes place. Puente de Vida's treatment philosophy addresses not just the symptoms but also the underlying issues beneath the surface of eating disorders. An individualized treatment approach includes traditional treatment interventions as well as experiential treatment by our multidisciplinary treatment team. Puente de Vida recognizes that every recovery journey is different and complex and assists the individual in finding their unique path and support in recovery.

View Puente de Vida Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Puente de Vida

The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.

The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.

547 Dayton Street
Edmonds, WA 98020

For 22 years The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc. has been treating individuals with eating disorders. Our unique whole-person approach to counseling helps individuals to see permanent success over an eating disorder. Our emphasis is on Emotional Balance, Intellectual Discovery, Relational Healing, Physical Wellness, Nutritional Support, and Spiritual Renewal. We offer a World Renown Specialized Intensive Treatment Program that lasts 4-12 weeks with a Transitional Care Program available after your Intensive Treatment. Unlike many other treatment programs, most of your time is spent in personalized individual counseling instead of group sessions. The Center is known for being A Place of Hope. Go to our website and read the numerous testimonials of our clients. Located a few miles outside of Seattle, Edmonds is a beautiful beach town with majestic views. Rather you like the city life or the great outdoors there is plenty to enjoy during your time in the great Pacific Northwest.

View The Center in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.

Rader Eating Disorder Programs

Rader Programs

Rader Programs at Pacific Shores Hospital
(800) 841-1515

The treatment staff at Rader Programs has been providing high-quality clinical programs for over 25 years. We specialize in the treatment of eating and related disorders. It is our mission to help save the lives of those suffering from eating disorders. The primary purpose of Rader Programs is to treat the dysfunctional behavior in a supportive environment.

A staff of caring and experienced professionals, many who are recovering themselves, assist the affected individual and their family in developing a life long program for recovery. We recognize the complexity of the disorder and understand the medical, psychological, physical, and nutritional aspects of eating disorders. Our treatment approach is centered around the special needs of each individual and we are completely committed to help individuals achieve recovery.

View Rader Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

1710 Barton Road
Redlands, CA 92373
(800) 752-5999 or (909) 558-9275

Nestled in the quiet town of Redlands, California, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center stands alone in its community as having the only Joint Commission accredited hospital-based outpatient eating disorder program. For almost ten years we have been providing treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia and bulimia and offer a safe and hopeful environment in which the individual can explore and examine the issues that contribute to their eating disorder.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts helps individuals begin the healing process by addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit using leading edge treatment. An individualized treatment plan is developed based on the needs and level of care unique to every patient that includes in part, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy, coping skills, nutrition education and monitoring, structured meals, spiritual care, as well as individual, group, and family therapy. For more information about our programs and services, visit us at:

View Loma Linda's Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers

866-511-HEAL (4325)

The Oliver-Pyatt Centers' programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, addressing the core issues driving the eating disorder while providing the tools needed to live a meaningful life, free from food and weight preoccupation.

We believe that one-to-one therapy is the cornerstone of effective eating disorder treatment, and it is the primary reason to choose the Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Each client receives a minimum of six individual therapy sessions per week. Our comprehensive, naturalistic, and highly individualized approach to treatment is provided in an intimate environment with a high staff to client ratio. We have a maximum of ten clients in each of our programs.
Our innovative protocols are grounded in a thorough understanding of eating disorders, incorporating state of the art approaches, outcome data, research, and current medical knowledge, all with the support of our compassionate multi-disciplinary treatment team.

View Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library.

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers

Cedric Centre

Cedric Centre

307 - 1005 Broad Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2A1.
250-383-0797 or Toll Free: 1-866-383-0797
~or 2nd location~
1449 West 38th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6M 1R4.

The CEDRIC Centre's sole purpose is to show you how to quickly and simply step free of the food and body image power struggle, forever. CEDRIC Clinical Counsellors all have longstanding recovery from eating disorders with specialized training in eating disorders, and related concerns such as alcohol and drug dependency, depression, anxiety and trauma.
The CEDRIC Centre has many options for you to access their successful programs and resources, regardless of your location, budget and time constraints, including:

  • Individual Counselling worldwide (via telephone, internet, or in person at their Vancouver and Victoria BC facilities);
  • An innovative and comprehensive Web Based Counselling program, providing the perfect blend of individual and peer support, teleclasses and lessons to move you quickly past your food and body image preoccupation;
  • Individual Healing Retreats, created just for you;
  • 3 day Intensive Workshops;
  • CD's, DVD's, Workbooks; and
  • The book, Food is Not the Problem, Deal with What Is! An easy-to-read complete recovery guide for stepping free of restricting, binging and/or purging forever.

View Cedric Centre's programs at the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Visit the Cedric Centre website


The EATING DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAM at SeaSide Palm Beach specializes in helping individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, which is when an individual suffers simultaneously from both a psychiatric disorder (like an eating disorder) as well as a substance abuse problem (like alcohol abuse or drug abuse).

Most people are very surprised to learn that eating disorders have little to do with food. Especially when one considers that many people who suffer from eating disorders actually have an unhealthy obsession with food. In the majority of cases, eating disorders have more to do with a lack of emotional well-being resulting from their inability to identify and communicate their own needs and wants effectively to others.

To find out more please call us 24/7 toll-free at (888) 432-2467 today for help!

View SeaSide's programs at the Eating Disorder Specialist Library


New Dawn

New Dawn

New Dawn is the only eating disorders treatment facility in Northern California that offers the full continuum of care for eating disorders recovery, from Residential Treatment, to Day Treatment, to our Intensive Outpatient Program and outpatient services. Each level of care utilizes a multidisciplinary approach with individualized treatment plans that address the medical, psychological, nutritional, and interpersonal needs of each patient.

Our Residential Facility located in San Francisco offers empirically-supported, multidisciplinary treatment for adult women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Located in San Francisco, we welcome women from all over the world to participate in our residential eating disorders treatment program.

Unlike the vast majority of residential facilities in the United States, New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center offers the full continuum of care necessary to complete the recovery process. This means that you have the choice for your core treatment team to remain constant as you graduate from residential treatment and transition into day treatment, intensive outpatient program, and outpatient services. At New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center, we believe in accompanying you on the full journey of recovery. Such a journey allows for a deeper, more powerfully mutative process.

For more information on our programs, please visit our website at

For information on our Outpatient Programs, see our listing on this page under Sausalito. Visit New Dawn in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

The Renfrew Center

The Renfrew Center

The Renfrew Center is the first and largest network of eating disorder treatment facilities in the country and has served more than 55,000 women in its 25 years. The Renfrew treatment philosophy emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own recovery. The Renfrew Center provides a comprehensive range of services at its facilities in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Programs and services vary by site and include: Residential; Day Treatment; Intensive Outpatient; Group Therapy; Individual, Family, and Couples Therapy; Nutrition Therapy; and Psychiatric Consultation. Renfrew's training programs have reached more than 25,000 healthcare professionals to date and are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to treat these complex disorders. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-RENFREW.


Eating Disorder Network of MarylandEating Disorder Non Profit Library Features Eating Disorder Network of Maryland

Eating Disorder Network of Maryland is your first point-of-contact to receive objective information about eating disorder resources available to you and your family throughout the state of Maryland.

Whether you're looking for educational information about eating disorders, treatment providers who specialize in working with this population, or community events focused on eating disorders, EDN Maryland can help!

See Eating Disorder Network of Maryland's page on Eating Disorder Hope's Non-Profit Directory.

21st Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: The Next Generation, held November 11-13, 2011 at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott. Learn more. Topics to be addressed:

  • Emerging Therapies
  • Neuroscience Applications
  • Empirically Supported Treatments
  • Family Based Approaches
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Internet Use for Treatment
  • Prevention
  • Resistance.

Win One of 10 Free Books Offered in Drawing

Gotta Have It!  Freedom from wanting everything right here, right nowEnter Drawing

Please complete the contact form, enter Gotta Have It in message, and you will automatically be entered into our April 15, 2011 drawing!

Gotta Have It! Freedom from wanting everything right here, right now

By Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray

This book is about needs and wants, about the excessities of life, which is a made-up word for a very real situation for many people. Excessities occur when our excesses become necessities. This book is about the compulsion to overindulge in any number of bizarre, comical and not-so-funny behaviors. Excessity is the Gotta Have It! impulse that throws caution to the wind and demands immediate satisfaction. It is the blindness that occurs when comfort becomes more important than consequences.

Gotta Have It! shows up in a variety of shapes and sizes, each excessity taking on the unique characteristics of the person who creates it. This book looks at it, not from the safety of a front page story about someone else, but close up, right now, in our own lives and the lives of those we love.

Excessity is, at the heart, about feeding our wants and desires, while at the same time starving our true needs. The more we starve what we really need, the greater our hunger grows so we stuff ourselves with more and more of our wants. We stuff ourselves full of our wants and still find that we're starving, empty and desperate.

Purchase @ A Place of Hope Bookstore

Dr. Jantz has generously donated 10 books to be given away in this drawing!


Spotlighted May Event

REGISTER NOW! The Renfrew Center Foundation presents Food, Body Image and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community, a half-day conference (4 CEUs), for mental health professionals, educators, and clergy on Thursday, May 5 in Cleveland, OH; Thursday, May 12 in Chicago, IL, and Thursday, May 19 in Dallas, TX.

The conference will address women's body image issues and eating disorders in the Jewish Community. Conference objectives are to address the rise in eating disorders and related issues in the Jewish community; develop strategies for using Jewish tradition, culture, spirituality, text, and ritual resources for healing; explore shame, body hatred and eating disorders among Jewish women and girls, and increase understanding of the complex reciprocal relationship between mother, daughter, and a healthy body image.

Featured Speakers are Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, CEDS, National Training Director and Body Image Expert, The Renfrew Center Foundation and Marjorie C. Feinson, PhD, Renfrew Center Foundation Consultant.

For more information and to register, visit: or contact Debbie Lucker at 1-877-367-3383 or

Events Calendar

More details for the events listed here can be found at Eating Disorder Hope's Onine Events Calendar.

April 15
The Renfrew Center - Stages of Growth and Transformation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,Baltimore, MD
April 28-30
Academy for Eating Disorders Annual Conference, Miami, FL
May 6
ANAD Conference Oak Brook, IL. Wellness, Not Weight: The Changing Focus of Eating Disorders, A Comprehensive Look for the 21st Century
May 7
Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program invites medical and health professionals to attend our special four month series of lunch workshops. Los Angeles, CA
May 13
The Renfrew Center Foundation - Stages of Growth and Transformation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Offering 6 CE Credits. Mahwah, NJ
May 20-21
MEDA National Conference, Needham, MA
June 3
The Renfrew Center - Stages of Growth and Transformation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Richmond, VA
June 28
Eating Disorders Presentation - Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D. & Lori Perpich, LLP, MS - 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by MCBAP, Ypsilanti, Michigan
November 11-13
21st Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference: Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: The Next Generation Philadelphia Airport Marriott

More details for the events listed here can be found at Eating Disorder Hope's Onine Events Calendar.


A list of current eating disorder research projects. For details, visit Eating Disorder Hope's Research page.

  • Dopaminergic Mechanisms of Reward and Taste Processing in Anorexia Nervosa UCSD Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program
  • 2011 Grant Cycle for the Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
  • The University of Guelph is conducting a research study on Perfectionism, Self-Injurious Behaviour, and Functions of Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Volunteers Needed for Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Study
  • Binge Eating Medication Study
  • Therapy Study for Bulimic Symptoms
  • Mental Health Professionals With a History of an Eating Disorder
  • Eating Disorders and Intimate Relationships Study
  • Are you the parent of a child who is currently receiving outpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?
  • Men and Women Needed for UT Southwestern Medical Center Research
  • Views on Recovery
  • Eating Disorder Psychotherapists Who Have a Personal History of an Eating Disorder: Exploring the Experience of Professional Ethics
  • Looking Beyond the Surface Acceptance-based separated family treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa
  • Do you Binge Eat and Purge?
  • Participants Needed: Online Research Study on Women with a History of Anorexia Nervosa
  • Eating Disorder Therapist Research Participants Needed
  • Binge Eating Disorder Research Participants Needed
  • University of Chicago Studies regarding Adolescents with Bulimia, Women with Binge Eating Disorder, Adolescents who are Overweight and Anorexia
  • University of Chicago Studies regarding Adolescents with Bulimia, Women with Binge Eating Disorder, Adolescents who are Overweight and Anorexia
  • Research Aims to Find Most Effective Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia
  • Research Study using MRI to examine Bulimia Nervosa in adolescent girls
  • Self-Care of Mental-Health Professionals Working in the Field of Eating Disorders
  • Study of Women Who Restrict Food Intake
  • Trial of Quetiapine (Seroquel) in Anorexia Nervosa
  • Family Therapy and Fluoxetine in the Treatment of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa
  • Neurotransmitters Contribute to Anorexia and Bulimia
  • Anorexia Nervosa Research
  • Bulimia Nervosa Research
  • Generalized Research of eating Disorders

For details, visit Eating Disorder Hope's Research page.

Professional Resources


MentorCONNECTMentorCONNECT is the first global eating disorders mentoring community. In addition to mentor matching services, we offer free monthly teleconferences with nationally-known eating disorders experts, weekly live moderated support groups, personalized recovery blogs and member pages, a 100% pro-recovery online community, and more! Membership and all services are offered on a no-fee basis. MentorCONNECT is open to members ages 14 and up, female and male. Our services support individuals struggling with the full spectrum of eating disorder issues.

MentorCONNECT is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Visit MentorCONNECT

Eating Disorder Jobs

Eating Disorder Jobs - Looking for a job? We have everything dedicated to careers in the field of eating disorders. Find current job openings, career opportunities, continuing education, advice from the experts... everything eating disorders all in one site. For recent grads, seasoned professionals and students. Our mission: to connect job seekers with employers, to keep current professionals enthusiastic about the field and what it has to offer, and to guide students into careers where they can make a difference.

Visit Eating Disorder Jobs website

Thank you for being a friend of Eating Disorder Hope. We will continue to provide you with important information, resources and encouragement regarding eating disorder recovery in our newsletters.


--Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Director @ Eating Disorder Hope

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