Because body dissatisfaction and dieting are cultural norms today, particularly amongst women, and because the media continues to harass women who are not conforming to the cultural norms of thinness, I treat eating disorders from a bio-psycho-social perspective.
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3 Heritable Factors:
The Genetics of Eating Disorders
If there is a history of substance abuse in one generation, it increases the likelihood that someone in the next generation might develop an eating disorder, instead of or in addition to a problem with substance abuse.
While not all obese people suffer from Binge Eating Disorder, at least one third do, and constant, uncontrollable binging without purging, the major difference between bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder, inevitably leads to obesity.
When an anorexic spends all her time relentlessly pursuing thinness, or a bulimic is binging and purging 5-10 times a day, she is distracted from her depression because she has ‘found a higher calling’.
Team of Professionals
Eating disorders are difficult and challenging to treat and they require a multi-pronged approach by a team of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals often including nutritionists, psychiatrists and physicians.
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My Literary Contributions
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
703-234-4079 (I am a founding member)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
800-931-2237 (I am a founding member, former board member, board president (1992-93)
The Renfrew Center Foundation, 1-800-RENFREW (former consultant, contributor to Perspective, a professional journal of The Renfrew Center Foundation, and frequent presenter at Renfrew conferences)
Eating Disorders: is your child at risk?
Women and Eating Disorders: Loss, Disconnection and Spirituality
Helping Parents to Help Daughters Rediscover Their Lost Voices