Judging eating disorders by appearance

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Judging eating disorders by appearance

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One of the biggest myths out there is that you can tell someone has an eating disorder by their appearance. That statement is completely inaccurate. You know, unless someone has anorexia where it's very visible, that may be easy to detect. But if someone has bolimia or binge eating disorder-- A bolimic is often at regular rate or maybe a little bit overweight. Someone with binge eating may be heavier. So you can't just walk down the street and say, oh, that person has a eating disorder, just because they're thin because maybe the don't have a eating disorder. Maybe genetically they're just thin, but for bolimia and binge eating it's not detectable. You can't detect, always, that someone has an eating disorder just by their appearance. It's important for parents to realize this, even if their child looks to be at a normal weight, they could be hiding their behaviours and this child may be significantly sick and need help and treatment.

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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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