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Professionals In Recovery: When Your Therapist Has An Eating Disorder Too

Professionals In Recovery: When Your Therapist Has An Eating Disorder Too

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 16:29:05 in Women

“Wonderful to see this very important conversation happening and I'm glad that AED has this group of professionals establishing guidelines. As a parent and parent advocate I'm in conversation with parents/partners about this quite often. I see it as our responsibility to make sure we ask plenty of appropriate questions of the potential professional who may treat our loved one. Carolyn Costin's guidelines for hiring make so much sense to me and give some great questions for parents/partners to ask.

Thanks for doing a story on this topic.
Becky Henry
Founder, Hope Network, LLC”
Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44:37 in UK Universities & Education

“Thank you NorthernCalifornian for sharing the science with us. I hope everyone in the field will share this one study as often as possible.

I feel for the folks who are working daily to help people recover as they have a huge job and not many answers. We need to continue to help spread the real facts and support these people so that observations do not become the reality.
Becky Henry”
Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 11:40:49 in UK Universities & Education

“Thank you Charlotte for helping to dispel unhelpful myths. It must be so hard when one is working daily in this field with very ill people and encountering parents and medical staff who do not understand these very complex illnesses. I believe we need to keep shouting this from the rooftops so that those who are in the trenches every day can hear that what is being observed is not what is causing these illnesses. It is so important to not make those leaps that may look like accurate assessments. There are plenty of people with dysfunctional dieting moms who do not develop eating disorders.”
Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Third Of Teenage Girls Skip Breakfast Renewing Concerns Over Body Image Education

Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 11:36:46 in UK Universities & Education

“We are all SO very desperate to have some answers to these deadly illnesses. In that desperation we cannot continue to mistake what we observe with real science.
This study mentioned in a previous comment is very helpful in understanding the concept that parents attitudes about dieting and weight do not cause eating disorders: "Contrary to the hypothesis­," the researcher­s concluded, "no abnormalit­ies were found in terms of parental attitudes to weight control or dieting" within the families where a member developed anorexia nervosa. Garfinkel, "A Comparison of Characteri­stics in the Families of Patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Normal Controls," Psychol Med 1983 Nov; 13(4): 821-8

I feel for all people working daily with those who are suffering that we don't have answers. But jumping on what is being observed about the patient's mother's dieting is not giving answers. It does more harm than good.

We need to stop this trend in the eating disorders community now.

There are plenty of children of dieting mothers that do not develop eating disorders.

It's hard to not wonder about the cause -there are plenty of diseases for which we do not know the cause - we must treat with the best evidence based treatments we have and continue research for more answers.

Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
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Giving My Birthday Away to a Terminally Ill Friend

Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 09:20:35 in Impact

“As a parent who has experienced treatment failure for my daughter's eating disorder due to lack of knowledge of these complex life threatening brain illnesses, I am happy to see an easy option for folks to help support research.

It is a horrible thing to see Charlotte leaving us so young, and I'm glad that this legacy has been formed in her honor.

I'm also donating my birthday this December and will encourage other parents to do so as well. When we look at the paltry amount of money being spent on eating disorders research it is a strong statement that we as families must step up to the plate and make this happen.

Thank you Laura Collins for stepping up to bat yet again. Thank you Charlotte...
Becky Henry
Founder, Hope Network, LLC”
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Can You Hear Me Now?

Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 18:35:15 in Gay Voices

“Beautifully written Leslie! You're educating a lot of people about gender variances and hopefully opening minds and creating more respect for those who don't fit into stereotypical gender boxes.”
Reclaiming the 'F' Word: It's For the Children

Reclaiming the 'F' Word: It's For the Children

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 16:05:23 in Parents

“Thanks for all you do to de-mystify the word 'fat' and help bring it back to simply being a descriptor. I think we have a long way to go, likely a few generations but hopefully if enough people hear this message, it won't be such a big deal to be different sizes.

I am a bit confused by this sentence and hope you can help me make sense of it, " Too often in our culture, the way most of us say "fat" is a dirty word, as in, "I feel fat today," or, "Do I look fat in this dress?" Using "fat" this way should be banned in the home, and probably does help promote positive body image." Do you mean by banning it in the home that may help promote positive body image? Perhaps I'm a bit jet lagged but it sounded to me like using "fat" in those ways would help promote positive body image.

Becky Henry
Founder, Hope Network, LLC”
You Can't Always Count on 'Experts' to Help You Raise a Competent Eater

You Can't Always Count on 'Experts' to Help You Raise a Competent Eater

Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 10:30:59 in Parents

“INDEED!!! The education of our primary physicians, pediatricians, nurses, PA's, etc has got to change! I spent 2 years trying to get my daughter's eating disorder diagnosed due to the lack of training of health providers about eating disorders. Both of our books need to be required reading for all students going into the health care professions. I'd love to see the current providers read them as well.

Well said and thank you for the work you do! If we find it is possible to prevent these brain illnesses called eating disorders, your work will play a major role.

Thank you,
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
Afraid to Eat

Afraid to Eat

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 13:45:51 in Healthy Living

“Thank you Mary for shining light on these epidemics of body image issues as well as eating disorders. It is important to have conversations about both issues that sometimes overlap.

I'd like to share a great (albeit long and involved) video featuring world renowned eating disorders researcher Dr. Cynthia Bulik of UNC discussing "The Complex Dance of Genes and Environment in Eating Disorders" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi2xXEz0JOg The part that really spells it out is from 6:52 through 11:30. I found this to be most helpful in sorting out the effects of this societal pressure to be thin on the development of eating disorders.

I'd love to hear what you think on this complex piece of the eating disorder mystery.

Thank you too for sharing the information on my book! I have been told that it has been eye opening about the reality of an eating disorder's impact on families.

With Gratitude,
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”

hp blogger Mary Pritchard on Mar 2, 2013 at 12:16:57

“Thanks Becky! I will check out the video.”
Jeff Probst Sets the Bar High for Talk Show Hosts

Jeff Probst Sets the Bar High for Talk Show Hosts

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 16:42:48 in Gay Voices

“Beautiful Leslie! Your bravery, generosity and values, and those of your family are a true gift to so many families living with this challenge. Thank you for doing all you do to help the world understand what it means to be transgender.

I love your writing style and cannot wait for your book! I know it will be a hit.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 18:11:18 in Healthy Living

“Great interview Darryl and Carolyn! I'm so happy that this book is available to anyone to aid them in their recovery. I have so many parents tell me that their child got released from treatment because their National Health Service or insurance company deemed the child "recovered" simply because they've reached some random weight. When they have no more options (or for those who simply cannot go to treatment at all) or as Carolyn had intended, to accompany treatment, this is a wonderful resource!

I recommend it to all of the parents that I coach through the seemingly helpless time in their child's life.

Thanks for all you do Darryl and Carolyn! The world is a better place because you are both in it doing the work you're doing.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
A Ride With Bradley Wiggins

A Ride With Bradley Wiggins

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 21:15:10 in Healthy Living

“What a fantastic role model you are Darryl! I am so curious about what else your doctor said after she told you your blood pressure, cholesterol and heart were fine. What did she have to say about her previous statement, of "definitely not." when you asked her, "if I could deal with my condition with exercise and better nutrition."?

I would love to hear that she told you that you'd helped open her eyes to different possibilities other than drugs.

Regardless of what she said, you have not only set a good example for others to take control of our own health but you've also set an example for our medical system to encourage patients to gain health rather than manage sickness.

Best Regards,
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

New Eating Disorder Book Helps Young Girl

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 13:36:39 in Healthy Living

“Hi Darryl,
Thank you for sharing your interview with Carolyn Costin about her latest book! I am constantly recommending "8 Keys To Recovery From and Eating Disorder" to families of those with eating disorders providing extra support in between our coaching sessions and for their loved one in recovery. Carolyn and Gwen nail it with helping folks to grow the healthy part of the self to achieve full recovery. So many folks don't think one can fully recover from an eating disorder and Carolyn is living proof that it is possible!

I keep hearing the same thing, that folks (many who have no access to professional treatment or it has failed them) are using this book to recover on their own. I agree with Carolyn that it is best used in conjunction with professional treatment, I wish that was available to everyone. For those around the world with no access to treatment this can be a life saving gift.

Thanks for all you do Darryl!
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
End Weight Stigma, Starting With Your Own

End Weight Stigma, Starting With Your Own

Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 13:59:33 in Healthy Living

“Inspiring words for so many indeed! Thank you Dr. May! I heard from a woman who is heavy who was told by her doctor, "You need to lose x # of pounds." Now, this is a bright woman and she has been made aware of this many times. And it has not changed her weight. The result of the doctor saying this was that she went across the street after the appointment and bought a donut.

I hear far too many health professionals saying, "But...what about heart disease, diabetes...etc etc." And then I ask them how it is working to tell their patients to lose weight...I hope more are getting your message. Many have no idea they could be doing harm (like triggering eating disorders) in addition to not doing any good.
Thank you
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
Body Image: An Apology to My Thinner Friend

Body Image: An Apology to My Thinner Friend

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 18:21:59 in Women

“Thanks for the great reminder that it really is rude to comment on other's appearance/size/shape/etc. Instead of the fat/skinny police I think we need "Etiquette Police" to help people learn how to not be rude.

As someone who spends my days educating about eating disorders and helping caregivers be better caregivers to those who are fighting these deadly brain illnesses it would be such a breath of fresh air if this whole focus on people's size went away.

Your blog is a step in that direction! Thank you.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
XX vs. XY

XX vs. XY

Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 09:55:06 in Gay Voices

“So honest and pure. Leslie you lay it all out so clearly. I hope some of the folks who think the owner of Chick-Fil-A isn't being prejudiced but simply using his freedom of speech read this and have their hearts and minds opened.

Your unconditional love for your child is a beautiful example of the unconditional love that we can all strive to have for every person.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
A Happy Camper

A Happy Camper

Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 11:18:43 in Gay Voices

“Leslie, this is such a wonderful amazing gift you are sharing with all families. I'm just blown away by the difference you are making for so many by being honest and so eloquently sharing your journey. Thank you for doing what you do, I know you could be silent about this and go about your lives.

I had tears in my eyes seeing that father's reaction to Nicole's query. What a great insight to share with other families that utilizing an intermediary makes things easier. I hope Sam had a fantastic time at camp! I was thinking about him.

Have to say I LOVE his answer to the teacher (in your comments about speaking to teachers)! "When did you know you were a girl?" That is so awesome.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
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Why Can't I Stick to a Diet? (And Other Frustrating Habits)

Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 18:34:21 in Healthy Living

“Love this Michelle May! I'm going to share on FB and Twitter and will think about these things when I hit the snooze! Actually since I'd like to get up early to walk before it is hot out I think I'll set it extra early so I can have that beloved snooze time. I am going to be more mindful about how I use my time. Thank you!
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
Grief Has No Closure (Fortunately)

Grief Has No Closure (Fortunately)

Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 12:00:12 in Healthy Living

“This is by far one of the most helpful pieces I've read about grief and coping with it. Just yesterday I read about 5 people who were shot in Seattle - 4 blocks from where my daughter is living and I couldn't imagine how I would be coping if she had been one of them. We just got her graduated from college. My heart aches for those families. And I feel anger that our health system in America does so little for those with mental illnesses.

Thank you for the gift of this guidance to help us all through our grief journeys. Living a happy joyful life includes allowing the grieving to happen when it needs to happen.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”

hp blogger Ashley Davis Bush on Jun 2, 2012 at 13:47:13

“Hello Becky, Thank you for your kind words. My heart goes out to those families as well. Grief is a universal experience but it never negates the beauty of life. Wishing you peace, Ashley”
Body Image: I Love How I Look -- In a World that Doesn't

Body Image: I Love How I Look -- In a World that Doesn't

Commented May 21, 2012 at 20:17:25 in Women

“This is so refreshing Jenni! I wish more men and women could say this. Being in the 50 and over age category myself I am constantly amazed at how some of my over 50 friends will absolutely SLAM their bodies.

It is hard as we age to accept that things are arranged differently than they used to be - I get that. And every day I try to remember to be consciously grateful for all my body still does really well at 50. Yes, it looks different than it did 10, 20, 30 years ago. And I am very grateful for all it does for me. I got to kayak in the sea last week, I got to hike in the mountains, I'm able to recover from a cold and I can do many more things I enjoy. I love that my body let's me have a fun life. Thanks Jenni for letting people know it's okay to say, "I love my body!" You are an wonderful role model for us all.
Becky Henry”
The Eating Disorder Time Suck

The Eating Disorder Time Suck

Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 01:06:54 in Women

“Great article Jenni! I shared it in my January newsletter that just went out - with that photo of you at the top of the mountain on your snowboard! I am so grateful not only for all you do to educate about eating disorders but also that you recovered. To me, as a mom, you are the embodiment of the hope I am always talking about. Skiing with you (while you boarded) was a joyful and emotional experience. I got to see what is possible (sheer joy and fun and freedom from ed) when full recovery is relentlessly pursued and achieved. It was emotional because I have yet to see this with my daughter and I know thousands of parents who are waiting to see their children reclaim their lives from ed as well.

Mostly it was great fun and I look forward to your blog post about all the metaphors we observed between recovery and learning to snowboard.

Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”
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Men and Eating Disorders, a Hidden Evil

Commented Jan 16, 2012 at 13:15:55 in UK Lifestyle

“Thank you Nick not only for this clear and concise article but for all the work you do to educate about the realities of these deadly illnesses. Every time I am speaking I mention males and eating disorders and will continue to do so. We need to get our health care providers educated on the basic facts so that all people who are sick can get help.
Becky Henry
Hope Network, LLC”

nickwatts on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:29:28

“Thanks very much - I love it when I hear people say they include males in their presentations and education packages, as you well know they are all too often forgotten about. I kind of sit here in the hope that eventually it will have the cascade effect, with these multiple people going out there in raising the issue, more people will think to include it. We were at Parliament yesterday and noticed the same thing, it was a body image enquiry and I was the pretty much the ONLY male representation there, so Men don't ever feel bad about their bodies? Not only is it medical education, it comes down to assumed gender roles and societal expectations!”
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Parents Are First Line of Defense Against Eating Disorders in College Freshmen

Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 14:01:56 in Healthy Living

“Glad to see these tips for parents, it can be very tricky to spot at times when the ED gets very wily and hides itself. Thanks for sharing this timely information!
Becky Henry
Hope Network”

hp blogger Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:23:07

“I’m glad you found this blog post helpful, and I hope it will be a useful resource for the families with whom you work. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your thoughts on future topics.”
Eating Disorders in Teens and Children: How Parental Support Can Help

Eating Disorders in Teens and Children: How Parental Support Can Help

Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 13:05:00 in Healthy Living

“Dr. Weiner,
As a parent who is helping other parents to cope with eating disorders in their children I am very happy to hear you say, "In general, parents need to know that their attitudes, values and actions do not cause eating disorders, body image disorders or related illnesses."

I am curious about how you see a "war on obesity" in this country, without children and teens predisposed to or struggling with eating disorders becoming collateral damage of obesity prevention. Can you please share your ideas on that?

Thank you,
Becky Henry, Author of: "Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders" and parent coach at Hope Network”
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Parents of Eating Disorder Patients Look to Past Autism Activism for Inspiration

Commented Jun 14, 2011 at 13:57:39 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for being a bell ringer (heard round the world) to bring parents together as allies who are becoming very active in creating change, awareness and action.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the FEAST Symposium gathering in November to further our action and reach and learn from the successes Ms. Sullivan has brought to the autism movement.

Becky Henry”
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