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Eating Disorders: Are Families To Blame?

(14) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Here is a final note for now on the issue of parental involvement with eating disorders. Previous blogs have brought up thoughts, questions, disagreements and clarifications. I am grateful for that and would encourage all of you to read through online responses to the earlier blogs. In them, alot of...

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Eating Disorder Causation: A Call for More Research

(13) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 2:05 PM

First, let me say that I don't think we will ever be able to know exactly why an eating disorder develops in one person and not another. However, I do think it always helps to be curious about one's family -- whether there is an eating disorder crisis or not....

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Children with Eating Disorders: Are Parents to Blame?

(28) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Recently, my blogs were responded to by supporters of F.E.A.S.T. and the Maudsley approach to re-feeding anorexic children or teens.

It is interesting to me how much fire these advocates of family-based treatment inspire. Their responses almost always result in an an outcry of protest and...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Food and Weight

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 12:30 PM

This week, I received three calls from well-intentioned parents who had just found out that their daughters were in the serious grips of an eating disorder. One 12-year-old was downing 50 laxatives a day; another, a 15-year-old dancer, had lost over 10 lbs in a few months -- she was...

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What to Do After Fighting with Your Kids

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 4:43 PM

Have any of you seen the 2008 movie "Rachel Getting Married"? In its raw simplicity, it often is hauntingly on my mind. The movie reminds me of how relationships tumble along, how crisis can allow for growth. I often wonder how change occurs, how relationships evolve and get...

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The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 5:54 PM

I've been wondering what the hardest thing is that I've ever done.

Once I was in the South Seas and panicked when I tried to go underwater to scuba dive. This was a surprise because only the time before, I had easily submerged into shark-infested black waters of the night...

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Happy New Year--My Mom Is on a Diet Again

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 1:38 PM

The New Year has just begun. What percentage of the country is now on a New Year's inspired diet? I'll bet it's more than you think. But what happens if that dieter is the mother of a kid who is struggling with his or her own weight?

"Oh no! My...

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Seeing the World Anew: My Resolution for the New Year

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 9:28 AM

I have always believed that in crisis lies opportunity.

On May 20 of this year, my father, out of the blue, was diagnosed with a severely aggressive leukemia and was given two to six weeks to live. A quick run to Google (because that's what we do...

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