Things to avoid when recovering from an eating disorder

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Things to avoid when recovering from an eating disorder

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Some of the things that a parent should avoid when a child has an eating disorder are a variety of different things. You don't want the child to feel guilty. You don't want to accuse the child. You don't want to demand that the child gain a certain weight because that's not your role, as a parent, that's the role of the treatment providers. You don't want to make an issue about food at the table. You don't want to focus on food, body image, or what they are wearing. You want to avoid those conversations because it will make the child uncomfortable. You don't want to use scare tactics. "If you don't do this, we are going to put you in treatment." Unless the child is in a life-threatening situation, you call 9-1-1 and you get help. Otherwise, you work with the child and try not to control the child. It's best to try and provide the most supportive atmosphere for the child that you can, so the child can work through recovery without any negative influence from the parents.

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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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