Help for eating disorders

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Help for eating disorders

There is lots a parent can do to support a child that has an eating disorder. The first thing is to make sure that the child is under the care of treatment professionals that can help work with the child. But what the parent can do is, you know, make sure that they’re openly listening to the child and reflecting with the child and asking the child, you know, “How can I help?” Other things that are important is letting the child know that they’re going to be non-judgmental and talking in a calm voice to the child. You know, if they’re upset and judgmental, the child is going to take that in a different way. So if they talk calmly, it helps the child feel more supported. I think it’s important for parents also to understand that this is an illness, it’s not the child’s choice to be sick and letting the child know that gives the child the comfort that they’re not to be blamed.

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Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Maggie Baumann is a marriage and family therapist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Maggie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. As a woman in recovery from anorexia, she speaks on the topic of eating disorder prevention and treatment to a wide audience. She has been a featured guest on numerous national television shows on eating disorder awareness and quoted in newspapers across the country including the New York Times as well as in national magazines including Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her area of expertise within the eating disorder field is on “pregorexia”, a term describing a pregnant woman who is also struggling with an eating disorder. This is a life-threatening condition affecting the lives of both mom and her unborn baby. 

On a personal front, Maggie has been married 28 years and has two healthy grown daughters, Christine, 25 and Whitney, 24. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience Maggie has encountered. Maggie enjoys staying active with healthy exercise and loves to be outdoors. Living one mile from the beach allows Maggie the luxury of enjoying the peace of the ocean. Photography, reading and spending time with her two kitties (who are really grown up cats) are other passions she appreciates doing in her leisure time.   

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