Eating Disorders Support Group

Eating Disorders Support Group

You are not alone in your struggle. This weekly support group oprodives a safe place to explore and heal the issues of disordered eating. I nthe company of those who can relate to your struggle, you will have a chance to listen or talk freely, to learn how others deal with the same challenges, and to learn coping skills that might help you with your day-to-day struggle and the emotions that go with it. You don’t have to be alone in your pain. Let us give you the support that will help you…Read more
Advice For Loved Ones

Advice For Loved Ones

The claws of an eating disorder often extend further than the individual afflicted with the disease; family members and loved ones find their lives in upheaval as well. When you find out that a loved one is battling an eating disorder, the best way to proceed can be a confusing and murky. How do you communicate? How do you approach issues such as food and self-image? What actions can you take for yourself? To begin with, full honesty must be the foundation of your relationship. Forming a pact or contract can help keep…Read more
A Skeleton With Skin- By Lee Harmon

A Skeleton With Skin- By Lee Harmon

Last week I was doing some research on recent discoveries or studies done on eating disorders. I came across a website that featured a French woman who has since died from complications with anorexia. She was a model, and there were many beautifully taken photos of her; however, her painfully emaciated body was all that I could focus on. She was literally nothing but flesh and bones, her sharp features made even sharper by her nonexistent body fat. She looked like a skeleton with skin. The crazy thing was that I felt two…Read more

How Does a Mother of Three Get High School Skinny? By Lee Harmon

I was driving down the road the other day and I saw something that had me super confused. It was a giant billboard of a beautiful, blonde woman showing off her flat, tanned stomach. On the billboard was the question “How did this mother of three get high school skinny?” And of course there was a business name and a 1-800 number to call. High school skinny? What does that mean? My brain was flooded with all sorts of conflicting emotions. At first I thought the obvious – How DOES a mother of…Read more

Social Media and Eating Disorders- By Jamie Zabludowski

Many parents are under the impression that they can save their teens from the attractions of sex, drugs, and pro-eating disorders by simply turning off their televisions or moving to a secluded island. Of course, anyone can use the parental control settings on a TV to block certain commercials and programs, but what about computers? What about social media? It sounds like things are getting a little more complicated to stop kids from binging, purging, and restricting. The “model thin” image is advertised on all different social media platforms. In June 2010, a study by…Read more

Seeking Solace in a Sandwich- By Michael Soter

Food can be very comforting. There is even a specific type of food that we label “comfort food.”  But what happens when all food becomes comfort food?  When I no longer eat to live, but I live to eat? While overeating is not my main addiction, it certainly was my first.  I grew up overweight, I felt awkward, and I never fit in.  I did not have friends, but I had food. My parents made a rule that I could not bring food into my room, a rule I never intended to follow.  I ate…Read more
A Cultural Perspective on Gender and Eating Disorders in Group Therapy By: Stephen L Salter, Psy.D

A Cultural Perspective on Gender and Eating Disorders in Group Therapy By: Stephen L Salter, Psy.D

When I began running groups at the SBK Eating Disorders Program, I wasn’t surprised to find I’d be working primarily with women.  I was aware that the epidemic hit women three times harder than men, but I wasn’t sure why.  I knew larger social forces were at play.  After all, The United States fosters more eating disorders than any country in the world.  Many point to the flooding of media images—unrealistic, unhealthy, and grossly underweight ideals of what it mean to be beautiful.  Is it possible to avoid these external influences? Why not…Read more

Acknowledging Needs

Mitzen Black, M.A. Psychology Intern Wright Institute Los Angeles Fuller Graduate School of Psychology As a new staff member at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program, I have noticed how much our patients struggle with acknowledging and expressing their own legitimate needs, both to themselves and to others. In this society that encourages self-sufficiency, it can be very distressing when someone realizes needs that require outside help. Working with this program has confirmed to me the importance of learning about healthy dependency in relationships. One person asking for his or her needs…Read more
Mindfulness on a Toothpick

Mindfulness on a Toothpick

By Eve Lahijani, R.D. According to a survey by the Promotion Marketing Association, being able to sample food is the most influential factor when customers decide to buy a new product. Furthermore, seven out of 10 shoppers report that they would occasionally or usually buy a product they sampled. Here’s how it works: People want to try something new yet they fear the unknown. A free sample is a safe, low risk way to do that. When they have a taste, they really pay attention to what they like and dislike about what…Read more
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorder Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorder Treatment

By Philip Pierce, Ph.D. Private Practice, Former CBT Group Leader of Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program An important aspect of treating binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The CBT approach focuses on changing negative thought patterns and teaching problem-solving techniques so our patients can more effectively deal with negative mood states which so often trigger eating problems. Homework is assigned to both reinforce and expand the work done in session. These assignments include outside reading, thought record diaries and self-monitoring tools. Long standing negative patterns and cognitive distortions…Read more
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