Unintentional Weight Loss as a Trigger for Anorexia.

Some of the biggest misunderstandings about Anorexia Nervosa center around it being an intentional illness and related to vanity. A paper by Brandenburg and Andersen in 2007 entitled Unintentional Onset of Anorexia details case histories of 5 individuals who were deemed to have anorexia precipitated by “unintended weight loss” as opposed to the “more typical […]

Interested in Weight Loss? We CAN’T Help You. Here’s Why

Learn More About Our Non-Diet Approach At Eating Disorder Therapy LA, we treat eating disorders (including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder or OSFED) across the weight spectrum. We often get inquiries from clients interested in help for binge eating or emotional eating, with their primary goal […]

Weight Gain in Bulimia Recovery

by Elisha Carcieri, Ph.D., a former associate therapist at EDTLA One of the hallmark features of eating disorders is placing a high value on body weight and shape in determining one’s self-worth. In addition, people with eating disorders often believe that body shape and weight can be controlled through diet, exercise, or, in the case […]

To the Family Member Who Worries I Am Not Helping Your Loved One’s “Weight Problem”

Dear Family Member, I understand your fears. I get it. You want the best for your loved one. You want him or her to have the best and healthiest and fullest life possible. I do too. You believe that helping your loved one to lose weight will help achieve these goals. Here, I disagree—I will […]

Ten Facts About Weight Stigma – Guest post by Liliana Almeida, Ph.D.

Weight stigma is a bias or discrimination relating directly to weight. Despite the fact that more than half of U.S. citizens are larger-bodied, our society holds a strong negative bias against fatness. The media reinforces weight stigma. The media, such as news media, displays persons in larger bodies in stigmatizing ways by depicting them sitting […]

Parents, Don’t Let Your Kids Download Kurbo!

A disclaimer: I have no vested interest in Weight Watchers’ new Kurbo app. This app will in fact create more work for me. But let me be clear: I do not want this kind of work! I know that you mean well and are merely concerned about your child’s health, but I can assure you […]

Swallowing, Choking, and Vomiting Phobias

Fear of Food (That is NOT an Eating Disorder) Are you afraid of eating? Are you fearful of choking or throwing up? Where phobias and eating collide, we can help you. As specialists trained in both eating disorders and cognitive-behavioral therapy—the treatment of choice for anxiety and phobias— we are uniquely qualified to help with […]

When You Have Adapted a Health At Every Size Approach and Your Family is Still Stuck in Diet Culture

For many of my patients who have firmly joined the anti-diet camp and embraced a Health at Every Size approach® (HAES) to health, dealing with family members entrenched in diet culture can be a minefield that is tough to navigate. Let me say that I get it! I also have friends and family members who […]

When Your Child With an Eating Disorder is Sick….

Guest post by Dr. Jennifer Johnson When parents are renourishing a child with an eating disorder and that child gets sick, parents often don’t know what to do. Some families may back off on feeding every time a child gets any illness, which can be a risky practice. Especially during Phase 1 of FBT, ensuring […]

Sweatin’ for the Wedding: Say, “I don’t.”

by Carolyn Hersh, LMFT In November of 2018, my boyfriend proposed to me. It was one of the most exciting days of my life thus far. With a proposal comes the next exciting chapter: wedding planning. For many brides-to-be, this entails finding that perfect gown. Sadly, although not surprising, once I got on bridal mailing […]