Is full recovery from an eating disorder possible?

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Is full recovery from an eating disorder possible?

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One of the myths about eating disorders is they are an addictive behavior that you can never recover from. You can be in recovery for, like alcohol or drugs. The truth is and research backs me up that people can totally recover from an eating disorder. On average, very good treatment and a serious eating disorder, it might take seven years. I have patients I am working with in recovery that it has taken 30 years. But they are fully recovering. And that is so important that we all have the hope of full recovery but it might take a long time.

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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