Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just Released - Eating Disorder Hope September 15, 2011 Newsletter

~ September 15, 2011 Edition ~


The Eating Disorder Hope Monthly Newsletter covers important developments, events and discussions regarding the prevention, awareness and treatment of eating disorders. Find Articles, Treatment Centers, Events Calendar, Research, Announcements, Resources and more.


Exercise Compulsion and its Dangers

by Remuda Ranch Treatment Team
Bulimia involves binging and purging and often congers the image of a woman consuming huge quantities of food followed by vomiting to eliminate the unwanted calories. This image is often accurate, but people with bulimia do not always purge through vomiting. Some elect to compensate for their binges through extreme exercise. This is true for some people with as well. Even when there are no binges and the person is eating restrictively or normally, some people still feel a need to eliminate the calories they eat. For various reasons, individuals may choose exercise as their methods. Some do so because they are simply incapable of inducing vomiting. Others find vomiting aversive. Still others choose exercise because they believe that it is more socially acceptable...Read More

Trichotillomania:  An Impulse Control Disorder Affects Millions of Americans

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Everyone has experienced a physical illness such as a cold or flu.  The symptoms are fairly predictable, a day or two of work may be missed, and in a certain amount of time, wellness returns.  A psychiatric illness is altogether different.  Not only does the individual have to cope with the disorder itself, but often the social consequences are equally if not more devastating.
Trichotillomania (trich) is a classic example.  People who suffer with this disorder compulsively pull out their hair.  No area is off limits – they may start with the scalp then move on to the eyes, armpits, pubis and legs.  The intent is not to cause pain and is certainly not to gain attention.  Quite the contrary, most try desperately to control or stop the behavior, without success...Read More

Treatment Centers

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


eemuda300x100banner2010Remuda Ranch offers inpatient and residential programs for women and girls with anorexia, bulimia, OCD and related issues. Treatment takes place in peaceful ranch-like settings in Arizona. 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 a Binge Eating Disorder Program. This 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, please call 1-800-445-1900 today. View Remuda Ranch in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library


rogers_300x100_1Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital is 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


Eating Disorder Specialist Library Featured Treatment Center

Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson

Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson
The internationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson comprehensively treats eating disorders for males or females who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive overeating/binge eating disorder. Our full integrative approach cares for the body, mind, and spirit and treats coexisting diagnoses such as depression, trauma, and chemical dependency. Our expert multidisciplinary staff utilize the best of Western and Eastern Medicine to address the total scope of eating disorders.

Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson provides a natural healing environment with the highest level of confidentiality. A member of CRC Health Group, Sierra Tucson is multi-licensed as a psychiatric hospital and residential behavioral health treatment center and has received dual Accreditation by The Joint Commission.

Individualized Treatment

The Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson comprehensively treats eating disorders for males or females who suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder/Compulsive Overeating. Sierra Tucson's professional, caring staff understand the patients' deep emotional pain. Individualized treatment plans help uncover and heal underlying issues so that patients can discover the rewards of health and recovery. The majority of patients in the Eating Disorders Program have dual diagnoses that are treated along with their eating disorder. These may include depression, anxiety, alcohol dependency, and drug abuse or dependency. Our program provides a safe environment and an integrative approach that treats body, mind, and spirit in the context of healthy families.

Exercise Philosophy

The program helps each patient develop a healthy relationship with exercise that is nourishing to the body. Patients work both individually and in group settings with a fitness specialist to develop a program that will meet their fitness goals within appropriate exercise boundaries. This personal approach leads patients through their fears, misconceptions, and unhealthy behaviors toward exercise.Sierra Tucson's facility includes a walking trail; swimming pool; and basketball, pickleball, and volleyball courts. A modern gym contains treadmills, stationary bicycles, stairmasters, elliptical machines, weight machines, and free weights.

Nutrition Philosophy

The menu at Sierra Tucson strives to incorporate the latest medical and nutritional recommendations for our eating disorder population. The meals include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, low in sodium, and moderate in protein. Patients are encouraged to learn to enjoy the natural flavor of nutritiously prepared foods without adding artificial flavorings and sweeteners.

isit the Sierra Tucson page in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

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The unique and rapidly expanding Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplify your search for specialized treatment today!

Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online 'virtual brochures' offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search for treatment.
**Treatment Centers interested in participating in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library can contact: for further details.

oliver-pyatt_300x100_01The 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.

a-place-of-hope_300x100_02For 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

loma-linda-university_300x100_02Nestled 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 information about our programs and services,visit us
View Loma Linda's Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

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

Employment Opportunities

  • Clinical Director for Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Southern California
  • Executive Director for Eating Disorder Treatment Center in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Executive Director for Weight Management Program in North Carolina

    Details on these positions and more at Eating Disorder Hope Employment Opportunities

Artistic Expression

Read more about these creative ventures @ Eating Disorder Hope Artistic Expressions
nor.mal: family Documentary Film at UVA
 Working in partnership with many nonprofit organizations including NEDA, FEAST, BEDA, and others, we will follow four families struggling with eating disorders and show the plight of parents -- in particular -- while simultaneously staging a live rock musical (nor.mal:) on campus of a University. Filming will begin in 2012.

rader_001The 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

new-dawn_250x167New 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

renfrew-centerThe 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.

puente-de-vida_300x100_01Puente 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

Sierra Tucson The internationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson comprehensively treats eating disorders for males or females who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive overeating/binge eating disorder. Our full integrative approach cares for the body, mind, and spirit and treats coexisting diagnoses such as depression, trauma, and chemical dependency. Our expert multidisciplinary staff utilize the best of Western and Eastern Medicine to address the total scope of eating disorders.
Key program components include Group and Individual Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, DBT Skills Training, Nutraceuticals, Nutrition & Exercise Plan, EMDR & Somatic Experiencing®, Body Imagery, Restaurant Outing, and Family Program.
Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson provides a natural healing environment with the highest level of confidentiality. A member of CRC Health Group, Sierra Tucson is multi-licensed as a psychiatric hospital and residential behavioral health treatment center and has received dual Accreditation by The Joint Commission.


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

Book Drawing ~ Win One of 10 Free Books Offered in Drawing

Hope-Help-Healing DRAWING ENDS October 15, 2011. Please complete the contact form, enter "Hope Help Healing" in message, and you will automatically be entered into our October 15, 2011 drawing!
Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders
By Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray @
When I first wrote Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders, I did so out of a deep desire to help those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.  These were people with faces I saw every day at my practice.  Writing the book allowed me to support people all over the United States and around the world in their recovery.
This latest revision to that first edition still speaks strongly to those suffering from recognized eating disorders but it also includes those with what I call disordered eating.  It's no longer a question of whether someone has an eating disorder diagnosis but whether or not food has found its proper place as nutrition in your life.  Food is meant to be your ally, meant to strength and sustain you; it was never meant to be your enemy, your lover, your friend, or whatever you substitute it for. Though the title has changed slightly, it still begins with the word, Hope. This remains to be what so many people want and need in order to change, to grow, to overcome and recover.  Purchase @ A Place of Hope Bookstore

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

Book Drawing ~ Win One of 5 Free Books Offered in Drawing

DRAWING ENDS October 1, 2011. Please complete the contact form, enter "Goodbye Ed, Hello Me" in message with your name, email and address, and you will automatically be entered into our October 1, 2011 drawing!
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life(McGraw-Hill) by Jenni Schaefer
Don't Battle an Eating Disorder Forever—Recover from It Completely
Jenni Schaefer and Ed (eating disorder) are no longer on speaking terms, not even in her most difficult moments. In her bestseller, Life Without Ed, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition — enabling her to break up with Ed.
In Goodbye Ed, Hello Me Jenni shows you that being fully recovered is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviors with food and having a healthy relationship with your body; it also means finding joy and peace in your life.
Combining Jenni's signature personal advice and unfailing encouragement along with valuable exercises you can do as you read, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me will give you the prescriptive tools to take the ?nal steps in divorcing your Ed completely.

These books were generously donated by Center for Change and Jenni Schaefer.

Book Drawing ~ Win One of 5 Free Books Offered in Drawing

DRAWING ENDS October 1, 2011.Please complete the contact form, enter "Life Without Ed" in message with your name, email and address, and you will automatically be entered into our October 1, 2011 drawing!
Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too(McGraw-Hill) by Jenni Schaefer
Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. Ed's name comes from the initials E.D. - as in eating disorder. He controlled Jenni's life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair. Then Jenni met psychotherapist and author Thom Rutledge. He taught her how to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.
Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides new hope for the disorders that plague millions of women and young girls. Beginning with Jenni's "divorce" from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient's insights and experiences with a therapist's prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed. These books were generously donated by Center for Change and Jenni Schaefer.

Events Calendar

September 15: Workshop - Dual-Occurrences: Coping Strategies for Eating Disorder.
September 17: Eating Disorders and Psychotropic Medication
Sept 15th - 17th: European counsel on eating disorders. 
September 21: Orthorexia Nervosa: Healthy Eating Gone Awry
September 22: Join your professional colleagues and well-known National Treatment Providers
September 22-24: Summit Conference featuring: Brain Matters: neuroscience, Trauma, Addiction and Quest for Self.
September 22-24: Eating Disorders Research Society 17th Annual Meeting.
Sept 27: Binge Eating Disorder: Myths, Science, Treatment and Hope
View further details of these events and those occurring throughout 2011-2012.

Research Programs

The UCLA Eating Disorders Program is currently conducting a study of individuals with anorexia nervosa. We are interested in understanding patterns of visual and emotional information processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).  
The following are the basic inclusion/exclusion criteria for our study:*13- to 30-year-old females or males with anorexia
*No psychiatric medications
*No major psychiatric diagnoses such as bipolar  disorder, schizophrenia, or substance use disorders
*We will allow those with depression or anxiety (other than OCD)
We are enrolling individuals with anorexia who are underweight but in treatment, whom we will scan a second time after they are weight-restored (BMI≥18.5). We are also recruiting anorexics that are already weight-restored. Individuals will be compensated up to $125.00The study is conducted by Jamie Feusner, M.D., Michael Strober, Ph.D., and Cara Bohon, Ph.D.If you have any questions or would like to refer a patient, please contact Courtney Sheen at 310-206-0468 or

Research Study using MRI to examine Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescent Girls
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are conducting an NIMH-funded study aimed at understanding brain development in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa. We are looking for girls, 12-18 years old, who binge-eat and purge. Participation involves completing interviews, games and puzzles, and an MRI scan. Treatment, free of charge will be provided to girls in need. Compensation (up to $400) will also be provided for participation. The study takes place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. For more information, please call the Eating Disorders Clinic at (212) 543-5739 or visit our website,

Click here for an extensive national listing of Current Eating Disorder Research


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