Blaming parents for a child's eating disorder

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Many decades ago, experts did blame the parents for their children's eating disorders; but today it's very different. Experts believe that parents aren't to be blamed for the eating disorders. The eating disorder is caused by a variety of factors and these include genetics and environmental factors, what's going on in the house, if there's any trauma or abuse. So there's many causes to eating disorders, and so the experts can't just blame it on the parent. Can a parent contribute to an eating disorder? Yes, a parent can, but not always. The important thing for parents to remember is that they can play an important role in the recovery of a child's eating disorder by offering support and love and also being involved in the treatment of the child, and also to remember that eating disorders affect not only the child with the eating disorder, but the whole family.

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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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