FBT Treatment Team Members

Family-Based Treatment Teams

Family-based treatment (FBT) is the leading evidence-based treatment for teens with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. While in an ideal world, every person with an eating disorder would have access to a full treatment team including a therapist, a dietitian, a medical doctor, and a psychiatrist, FBT calls only for a therapist to guide the …

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Nana’s Poundcake, Food, and Cultural Connection

Nana's Poundcake, Food and Cultural Connection

Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships. –– Winona Laduke Food is about more than sustenance. It is about pleasure and joy and connection. Food is …

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When Your Child With an Eating Disorder is Sick….

When your teen 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 Family-Based Treatment …

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

Sweating for the Wedding? Say: I Don’t.

by Carolyn Comas, LCSW, CEDS-S In November 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 …

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Breaking The Myth: Men and Eating Disorders

They myth of male eating disorders

by Carolyn Comas, LCSW, CEDS-S In the spring of 2018 major league baseball player, Mike Marjama abruptly retired from the sport to focus on being an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association. He struggled with an eating disorder growing up and his move to working with NEDA was only to help save lives but …

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Eating Disorder Recovery When Grieving

Grief and Eating Disorder Recovery

by Carolyn Comas, LCSW, CEDS-S On May 8th, 2017 my mother died due to complications from cancer. It was an unexpected death. I still cannot believe she died. My mom was diagnosed in January and passed away in May. She had gone to the hospital for trouble breathing and never left. I can clearly remember …

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Curate Your Feed with Diverse Body Positive Accounts on Instagram

by SJ Thompson Belmonte, Resilient Fat Goddex and Lauren Muhlheim, Eating Disorder Therapy LA “Body positivity can’t be just about thin, straight, cisgendered, white women who became comfortable with an additional ten pounds on their frame.” —Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Shape magazine (July, 2018). Eating disorders are about so much more than body image, but the …

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The Use of Supplemental Shakes in Eating Disorder Recovery

Nutritional supplements in eating disorder recovery - shakes

By Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD and Katie Grubiak, RDN Restoring nutritional health is an essential part of recovery from any eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). The process of nutritional rehabilitation involves eating sufficient food at regular intervals, which reestablishes regular eating patterns and allows the …

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

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  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 …

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