Recovery from eating disorders

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Recovery from eating disorders

The first thing I tell parents when they want to know what to do and what to expect is the earliest you do something, the less costly in time, money and heartache, it is going to be. Early treatment is almost a guarantee for recovery. If you wait and hope that it is going to go away on its own, if it doesn't, you are going to end up with more of a heartfelt mess. As far as recovery, I always tell parents that it's going to be a lot of hard work. It's going to take a really long time. Don't give up. People can totally recover from an eating disorder, though you may hear otherwise from some professionals. Believe in complete recovery. Don't give up. Aim for complete recovery for your child because it is out there for your child; but it may take years.

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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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