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Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS
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Ken Weiner has been active in the treatment of eating disorders in Denver for more than 25 years. Recognized as a national expert in the treatment of eating disorders, he lectures extensively in the United States. He continues to be instrumental in designing and delivering state-of-the-art, high quality patient care.

Dr. Weiner created and directed Columbine Psychiatric Center Eating Disorders Program from 1988-1992, Bethesda Eating Disorder Program from 1992-1998 and Eating Disorder Center of Denver from 2002-2007. Eating Recovery Center was established October 2008, in Denver, Colorado, as a joint effort with colleague Dr. Emmett Bishop.

Dr. Weiner is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and has received the prestigious Gold Apple Teaching Award from the medical school and The Best Teacher Award from the Psychiatric Residency Training Program (2007). He has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and received the National Eating Disorders Award (2006) for co-founding the Eating Disorders Foundation in Colorado. A dedicated clinician and teacher, Dr. Weiner has co-authored numerous articles on eating disorders.

Entries by Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Exercise Compulsion and Eating Disorders

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Despite some incredibly compelling research findings observing the significant connection between compulsive exercise and eating disorders, including research that found that of 100 patients (AN, BN, EDNOS), 38 percent of those with anorexia nervosa engaged in compulsive exercise, this compulsion is not currently recognized by the American Psychological...

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Binge Eating Disorder: Four Things You Should Know About This Very Real Eating Disorder

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:18 PM

In my last post, I discussed the addition of binge eating disorder (BED) to the recently revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the go-to resource mental health professionals use to diagnose and treat mental disorders. The eating disorders treatment community is hopeful that this new recognition...

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Binge Eating Disorder Becomes an Official Eating Disorder Diagnosis

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Binge eating disorder (BED) is perhaps one of the most widely misunderstood mental disorders despite the fact that it affects as many as 3.5 percent of American women and 2 percent of American men. This illness, which is characterized by compulsive, out-of-control episodes of eating followed by shame,...

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The Role of Values in Eating Disorders Treatment

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 10:49 AM

The women, men and children struggling with eating disorders have world-class anxiety, and they use their eating-disordered thoughts and behaviors to manage their anxiety. As a result, addressing anxiety is key to effective intervention and sustainable recovery.

The treatment community has found that an effective way to address anxiety...

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Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) Explained

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Eating disorders are becoming more complex. Researchers and treatment professionals aren't really sure what's behind this increasing complexity, although it's often suggested that a thin-obsessed media and heightened digital access to endless information about diet, exercise and achieving the "perfect body" are -- at least in part -- fueling creativity...

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Protecting Eating Disorders Recovery During the Holiday Season, Part 2: Advice for Friends and Family

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:26 PM

In my last post, I outlined several strategies that those in recovery from an eating disorder can draw on during the holiday season to protect their ongoing recovery. Family and friends can be additional champions to support a behavior-free holiday season, and a supportive network is essential to navigating this...

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Protecting Eating Disorders Recovery During the Holiday Season, Part I

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:05 AM

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year for individuals struggling with eating disorders. The food-centric festivities surrounding most holidays can feel overwhelming to patients, regardless of their stage in the recovery process. In response to the anxiety that can accompany heightened exposure to food and gatherings...

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Comorbid Diagnoses: When Other Illnesses Occur Alongside an Eating Disorder

(3) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 6:14 PM

I often remind the readers of this blog that eating disorders are complex illnesses with physical, psychological and sociocultural roots and implications. Yet another reason supporting this complexity is the elevated incidence of eating disorder comorbidities. In other words, other psychiatric and medical conditions often present alongside anorexia nervosa, bulimia...

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Eating Disorders in Athletes

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 10:40 AM

With the 2012 London Olympic Games right around the corner, sports and athletic competition are increasingly on the minds of many men, women and children around the globe. However, in the shadow of sport's epic moments of glory lies a troublesome reality -- the incidence of eating disorders in athletes....

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Families Don't Cause Eating Disorders, But Can Be Critical to Lasting Eating Disorders Recovery

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Families do not cause eating disorders.

It's true that older models of eating disorders treatment viewed families and dysfunctional family relationships as a contributing cause of these illnesses; however, the treatment community has moved away from the blaming of families toward an understanding that families aren't a cause, but...

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Diagnosis of Eating Disorders in Older Women Increases as Awareness Grows

(25) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 4:35 PM

When it comes to eating disorders, the conventional wisdom -- or the belief that anorexia, bulimia and other related disorders are a "teenage girl's disease" -- isn't so wise. In fact, it's just plain wrong. While it is true that the majority of eating disorders (95 percent) first...

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The Truth Behind Common Eating Disorder Myths

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 8:10 AM

A recent study revealed that 40 percent of Americans have themselves experienced or know someone who has experienced an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.* Despite rising awareness among the general population and health care professionals alike, misconceptions about these serious diseases, which have the highest...

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Parents Are First Line of Defense Against Eating Disorders in College Freshmen

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 10:33 AM

First semester finals are wrapping up, and college freshmen across the country are flocking to planes, trains and automobiles to make the trip home for the holidays. Many young adults will bring with them bags of dirty laundry in need of washing or wacky roommates with no place else to...

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Your Family Tree Can Reveal Your Risk for Eating Disorders

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 7:30 AM

It's not uncommon for individuals to consult their family trees to evaluate their predisposition to various illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and obesity. But a disease that tends to be absent from the checklist of dangerous and highly-inheritable illnesses to look for in family medical histories is eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders Treatment for Children and Adolescents

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 9:38 AM

In my last post, I outlined some basic considerations for someone seeking eating disorders treatment. However, it occurred to me that parents seeking eating disorders treatment for their children face a distinctive set of uncertainties, and candid answers to questions related to child and teen eating disorders treatment are likely...

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Eating Disorders: When Is it Time to Seek Help?

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 7:24 AM

My hope is that my posts to date have emphasized at least two things about eating disorders: They're complex mental illnesses with biological, psychological and social implications for an individual's health and wellness; and because of this complexity, they tend to be the deadliest mental illnesses. Taken together,...

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Too Much of a Good Thing? What You Need to Know About Compulsive Over-Exercising

(9) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Exercise is good for you. This shouldn't come as shocking news to anyone; the risks of a sedentary lifestyle are abundant and well reported, particularly as the country faces a public health crisis in which one-third of adults and 17 percent of children are obese.*

However, like most things in...

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When Does Picky Eating Become Something To Worry About?

(23) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Having dedicated more than 30 years of my career to the study of eating disorders and the delivery of effective treatment, there's not much I haven't seen when it comes to anorexia, bulimia and EDNOS. Additionally, after raising children, I have come to understand a thing or two about the...

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Simple Words, Serious Consequences: What 'Fat Talk' Means

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Each day, we're on the receiving end of a barrage of messages through more and more mediums that encourage us to be thin. It's the yogurt commercial glamorizing disordered eating thoughts or the tweet urging followers to read an article describing "good" and "bad" foods for weight loss. The underlying...

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When Did Eating Disorders Become 'Trendy?'

(7) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 8:34 AM

The popular media regularly come out with trendy new "disorders," often proposing a provocative new slant on an emerging form of disordered eating or a weight management behavior. While I remind myself that these "disorders" aren't official clinical diagnoses, but rather are merely headline-worthy, clinical-sounding names for observed conditions and...

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