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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fear of Food

Eating disorders are not impossible to change.  Sometimes they can be completely cured, sometimes they can be improved or, become more manageable.

I have had a lot of success treating compulsive overeating.  The best public program for that problem is Overeaters Anonymous and the most sensible eating plan is Weight Watchers.
My experience in treating Bulimia is success with long-term, in-depth psychotherapy when the patient is really motivated.  I have seen it happen---self-exploration leading to insight and resulting in less compulsion to do the binging and purging acts.  It's a process but so wonderful to see the relief of those symptoms.
Anorexia is often difficult but far from incurable.  Usually I have found that an in or out-patient program (depending on the severity of the patient's condition), with others who share the same difficulty from the same disease, works well.

A lot of suffering happens in folks who endure these conditions and those who love them.  Here are some books, recommended to me by a colleague who specializes (actually, treats eating disorders only), to help if you or someone you care for is beset by this difficulty in relationship to food:
>Taking Charge of Your Child's Eating Disorder by Pamela Carlton
>How People Recover From Eating Disorders by Riebel & Kaplan
>The Beginner's Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery by Nancy Rolodny
Be well.

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