Common myths and misconceptions about eating disorders

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Common myths and misconceptions about eating disorders

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One of the most common myths that I hear about eating disorders is once the child has reached the recovery weight that the eating disorder is cured. And this is far from the truth, especially for anorexics. Once their weight is stabilized, then the real work begins, which is the psychological therapy of why the child is using the eating disorder to survive. The earlier the person is treated, the earlier the recovery rate will happen. Recovery rates can range from between 1 to 10 years depending on the severity of the eating disorder. What’s important to know is that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and for anorexics, 10% of the anorexics will die of the disease.

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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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