Talking about eating disorders

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Talking about eating disorders

The first thing I tell parents when they are worried that their daughter or son might have an eating disorder is to talk about it. To talk about from a worried place, not a mad place. it's really easy -- Until it's happened to you, you won't picture yourself in a place of being mad about it, but if that's where you are at, back off. You want to be worried. You want to speak about it. They will deny it. That's what they do, if they have an eating disorder to protect the eating disorder. Keep saying you are worried and you'd like to talk about it. Say why you are worried, very specifically. Only speak about what you actually know. Don't presume that your child is actually throwing up in the bathroom if you don't know for sure. Then you should say that. I recommend that if parents aren't seeing your child get better, they do a consultation with trusted professional. It could be your doctor. It could be your child's doctor. Another place to find information is good books and websites. There's a lot of good information for you to look at as far as checklists, et cetera, that are available. Resources that are available for parents who are worried an eating disorder in their child.

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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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