France’s New Law(s) Concerning Beauty

Times are changing! France just passed a law banning unhealthy, thin models—models now have to have medical clearance to work. Employers who break this law risk fines and possible jail as penalties. … [Read more...]

Bingeing: a rare but serious risk

A while ago, my colleague and friend, Dr. Lauren Muhlheim, and I wrote a paper (Eating disorders and scope of competence for outpatient psychotherapists). While researching potential medical … [Read more...]

Attended the International Conference on Eating Disorders 2016

Thoughts... Last week at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, two themes stood out. First, our LIVED EXPERIENCES matter along with how those can get missed in eating disorders … [Read more...]

Consumer beware: Insurance provider lists

I felt honored to write a guest blog with Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS, for Kantor & Kantor, Eating Disorder Legal Assistance.     If you are curious about how someone might seem a specialist … [Read more...]

Your traits: Friends or foes? On persistence

The following continues to be the most influential combination of words in my life. This hung on a plaque in my childhood home (Thank you, Mom and Dad). I remember being so young and fascinated by … [Read more...]

On the pursuit of muscles

Today, I find myself reflecting on a story from yesterday's workshop on males with eating disorders. There was a personal trainer, "Zyzz," who had a solid social media following. He LOOKED healthy and … [Read more...]

Fear, Food, Empathy, and Eating Disorders

The experience of food when one has an eating disorder is difficult to explain. Yet, I’m gonna try to touch on one part that many may experience. Here goes.   I recently opened the front … [Read more...]

Feel free to vet your therapist!

Are you interviewing eating disorders therapists? Yes, you completely have the right to vet us.    It can feel scary to realize you or a loved one might have an actual eating disorder. However, it … [Read more...]

Prevention or protection?

When it comes to the idea of “eating disorder prevention,” differing (and seemingly passionate) views arise. Some I have heard or read about include opinions such as: Why spend precious and limited … [Read more...]

Masked Pain

Masked pain, hidden from the public, friends, and family. Sometimes it takes a celebrity's tragedy to start a discussion that has been needed for a very long time.   We sadly lost a talent and a … [Read more...]

An eating disorder’s “all about control”—FALSE!

I often hear psychology students, eating disorder sufferers, and even some treating professionals generalize that eating disorders are “all about control.” With all respect and sincerity, I object! … [Read more...]

Branding blunder: a frame named, “Anorexxxy”

“Anorexxxy,” optical frames by Thierry Lasry, recently received notice.  (If you are feeling shocked about “Anorexxxy”/anorexia being seen as a fashion label instead of as a serious illness, you are … [Read more...]

Family, Roles, Rules, Rituals & Eating Disorders

Please feel free to read my article, "Family, Roles, Rules, Rituals and Eating Disorders."  You'll need to go to page 44 once you click this link.  (I know, I know...  This isn't a normal "blog.") … [Read more...]

Beauty—an unpredictably moving target

I recently happened upon some interesting photography books—pin-up pictures classified by decade. As I perused through the 30’s, 40’s, 50’, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, anyone watching saw my mouth drop … [Read more...]

Instead of “Happy Holidays,” “Data-gathering Holidays” to you! 


At this time of the year, there are so many celebrations related to whichever holiday you might be honoring. When a person has an eating disorder or a complicated relationship with food and body, this … [Read more...]

Diet Snapshots

Interesting idea and art... Photographer, Stephanie Gonot in Los Angeles, created various photo representations of fad diets, past and present. This got me thinking--in images--about our … [Read more...]

Recovery…

I like that there is some more research happening about eating disorder recovery indicators. And, I'd like to say that eating disorder recovery can still be possible even if a person doesn't match … [Read more...]

“Diabulimia” – A misleading term

When diabetes and eating disorders intermix… A popular term that refers to this is “diabulimia” (likely a combination of words "diabetes" and "bulimia"), but that isn’t necessarily the the most … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders in the News – Snippets

My goodness, there has been a lot of eating disorder content in the news lately.  (Cool!)  Since my last blog post (I am new to this blog-thing), articles have addressed—and hopefully inspired … [Read more...]

Teenage Boys are Vulnerable to Eating Disorders, Too

According to the Los Angeles Times, information from a recent survey challenges the assumption that young males don't get eating disorders. In fact, it seems that teenage boys are nearly as likely as … [Read more...]