2019 Media Coverage

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The Denver Post
Parents ask state to warn Colorado teachers that nutrition lessons can be triggering to students prone to eating disorders

12/22/2019

Two fathers concerned that their daughters’ school nutrition lessons may have contributed to health crises have asked the Colorado State Board of Education to warn the state’s teachers to be more careful when talking about food.

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Houston Chronicle
Houston experts offer tips for kicking the holiday blues

12/12/2019

Staying fit — mentally and emotionally — during the holidays can be as challenging as sticking to an exercise routine or healthy eating regimen in the midst of December parties and travel.

“The holiday blues are a real phenomenon,” said Dr. Deborah Michel, regional clinical director of Insight Behavioral Health and of the Eating Recovery Center of The Woodlands.

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Teen Vogue
How to Cope With an Eating Disorder During the Holidays

11/27/2019

Dr. Deb Michel offers tips on coping with an eating disorder during the holidays.

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MSN
How to Survive Seasonal Depression, a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder

11/26/2019

Dr. Deb Michel contributes tips for fighting seasonal depression, including mindful relaxation.
 

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TastyTrade
Bootstrapping in America

11/18/2019

On the show Bootstrapping in America, Dr. Susan McClanahan talked about why she founded Insight Behavioral Health Centers and how it's grown over the past 11 years.

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One Life Radio
Managing Holiday Stress

11/18/2019

Dr. Setliff discussed managing holiday stress on One Life Radio in Dallas.

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Independent Record
Visiting Doctor Talks About Eating Disorders

11/9/2019

Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder, yet many health care professionals have no formal training to address it. Nearly 80 mental health professionals, educators, and community members recently attended a presentation at Shodair Children’s Hospital to learn about the topic.

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KHOU11
Dispelling the Myths of Weight Loss

11/6/2019

Dr. Ralph Carson leading clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist sat down with Deborah Duncan to dispel the myths and gimmicks of weight loss.

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Chicago Health Online
How to Control Stress Eating When the Pressure is on

10/31/2019

Do you find yourself dipping into the potato chip bag or pint of ice cream more often when you’re stressed out? If so, you’re not alone — researchers confirm that stress can influence eating behaviors.

Three-quarters of adults (74%) say they have experienced at least one symptom of stress in the past month and about one-third of them (37%) reported eating too much or eating unhealthy food due to stress, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Stress in America survey.

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TODAY
Boys get eating disorders, too

9/3/2019

While girls still make up the majority of patients with eating disorders, experts have been seeing more boys needing treatment for eating disorders. Yet, boys often don’t receive treatment early enough.

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THE/THIRTY
August Awfuls: 6 Self-Care Things You Can Do to Feel Better About Summer Ending

8/26/2019

The end of summer is a time of transition out of vacation and back to a life that feels more serious and structured, adds Susan McClanahan, PhD, chief clinical officer at Eating Recovery Center/Insight Behavioral Health Centers.

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LiveStrong.com
6 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship With Exercise

7/29/2019

Time for a pop quiz. Two people are running: Runner A is logging a long 20-miler because she truly enjoys it; running clears her head and makes her feel strong. Runner B is tackling five miles — but because she just ate a cookie and feels guilty about it. She's punishing herself and wants to burn off the calories.

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KXAN - Simple Health
Keeping kids active during the summer

7/29/2019

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Summer typically brings a lot of down time for children. With the fall semester approaching, it might be time for parents to help their kids spend less time on social media and texting, and more time involved with positive activities.

Dr. Allison Chase from the Eating Recovery Center sat down with KXAN to discuss the benefits of an active summer for children.

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KXAN
Social media and the negative effects it can have on a child’s body image

6/22/2019

Most parent probably already have mixed feelings about their children using social media platforms like Instagram or Snapchat.

Social media can have a negative impact on the way children see their own body image. The number of school-aged children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts has more than doubled since 2008.

Dr. Allison Chase from the Eating Recovery Center sat down with KXAN to explain the warning signs parents should be aware of.

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Teen Vogue
People in Eating Disorder Recovery Celebrate With the #MyRecoveryLetter

5/1/2019

You might have heard of eating disorder awareness week, when people spread information about eating disorders. But on Tuesday, May 1, there's another awareness effort but for a slightly different cause: Eating Recovery Day. This is an occasion for people to learn that eating disorder recovery is possible — and for those in recovery to celebrate it.

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The Daily Campus
Scaling Down Insecurities on the Hilltop

3/19/2019

The students swung away at the scales and experienced what Southern Smash is all about, empowering people who look towards these machines for worth and strength to instead see that within themselves. Southern Smash along with two other organizations in Dallas, the Something for Kelly Foundation and the Eating Recovery Center, informed students about eating disorders and the different lenses that they can have. “[An] eating disorder actually has to deal with mental health, and has no boundaries when it comes to race, gender, age–it can affect anyone,” the Eating Recovery Center representative said.

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Healthline
What It’s Like to Live with Atypical Anorexia

3/13/2019

Jenni Schaefer, 42, was a young child when she began to struggle with negative body image.

“I actually remember being 4 years old and being in dance class, and I distinctly remember comparing myself to the other little girls in the room and feeling bad about my body,” Schaefer, now based in Austin, Texas, and author of the book "Almost Anorexic," told Healthline.

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The Falcon
Bringing Awareness to Campus

3/6/2019

Body positivity is closely tied to both mental and physical health. According to the Eating Recovery Center, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Education on these topics is important, as over 70 percent of those suffering from eating disorders will not seek treatment due to stigma and misperceptions. Most of these disorders begin between the ages of 18 and 25, the age of most college students.

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She Knows
I Had a Rare Form of Anorexia That No One Talks About

3/1/2019

Reporter details her own experience with an eating disorder, specifically Atypical Anorexia, and how it was overlooked by many including the medical community. Dr. Bermudez participated in the article: According to Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, senior medical director at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, anorexic and atypical anorexic individuals share the same “desire to lose weight, fear of weight gain and difficulties with negative body image,” which is a painful struggle for those who suffer from typical and atypical anorexia.

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WUWM NPR Milwaukee
Battling Eating Disorders: UW-Milwaukee Proves To Be A Valuable Resource

2/28/2019

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, coordinated by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). With the theme of "Come As You Are," its goal for the campaign is to foster inclusivity in the greater eating disorder community, unify the field of eating disorders, and encourage individuals at all stages of body acceptance to share their stories and connect with others. The UWM Psychology Clinic, UWM University Counseling Services and The Eating Recovery Center are hosting a free screening of the documentary The Student Body on Feb. 28. The program also includes outreach such as free online eating disorder screenings, a panel discussion and a Q&A session with Bailey Webber — the star and filmmaker of the documentary.

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Popsugar
The Keto Diet Was Catastrophic to My Mental Health - Here's Why

2/28/2019

Reporter details her journey through Keto and how it was detrimental to her mental health.  Dr. Ashley Solomon contributed to the story, noting "Diets such as keto and Whole30 can trigger dangerous restriction habits, create a setup for binge-eating, and send obsessive food thoughts spiraling. These diets are not effective long-term, and when they ultimately fail, they have people beating themselves up for not 'trying hard enough' rather than understanding that a restrictive and unhelpful way of eating was never the answer."

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Philly Voice
Diabulimia is a Serious Eating Disorder That Most People Have Never Heard Of

2/28/2019

As many as 35 percent of young adult women with Type 1 diabetes met the criteria for a “sub-threshold” eating disorder, meaning they display symptoms of an eating disorder but do not meet the full diagnostic criteria. Further, as many as 11 percent of young adult women with Type 1 diabetes meet the criteria for a full-syndrome eating disorder and 16 percent of males with the disease have disordered eating behaviors, per the Eating Recovery Center.  Treatment will begin by ensuring the patient is medically stable. In severe cases, treatment for diabulimia will require hospitalization to interrupt insulin manipulation and other eating disorder behaviors, such as excessive exercise or purging. Once patients are medically and mentally stable, a structured curriculum of individual, group therapy and experiential therapy helps patients explore the function of the eating disorder as they work to build recovery skills. Recovery skills for diabulimia may include learning how to manage stress and anxiety and how to maintain their recovery following discharge, according to the Eating Recovery Center.

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WORD-AM
106.3 WORD Cover Story: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

2/28/2019

February 25th through March 3rd is Eating Disorders Awareness Month:  A topic that is shrouded in shame.  The statistics that surround eating disorders are alarming:  One person dies every 62 minutes from the disease and it is considered to be the deadliest mental illness with the highest mortality rate. While the medical community has made tremendous breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, there is clearly still a lot more to be done. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, lifelong recovery is possible!

Brandi Salzer, LIMHP, LPC, is the Clinical Director of the Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas.  Her role focuses on providing clinical direction to staff on cases and the milieu for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.  Prior to working at ERC, she has worked in the eating disorder field in Omaha, NE in a variety of aspects including care, therapy and supervision.  She carried on the mission of advocating for those struggling with eating disorders in her volunteer life by serving as the Website Chair for the Nebraska Eating Disorder Network, and she currently works with college-aged women on body-image initiatives.

Eating Recover Center (ERC) is the only nationally, vertically integrated health-care system dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders in any stage of the illness.

ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age, gender or stage of illness for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, eating and weight disorder, unspecified eating disorders as well as comorbid, co-occuring and dual diagnosis.

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Fit Bottom Girls
9 Myths About Eating Disorders

2/27/2019

This week marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help bring awareness to a serious health issue affecting more than 30 million people, we’re sharing some myths about eating disorders — and the truth about them — from Dr. Allison Chase of the Eating Recovery Center.

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Philly Voice
These Women Are Living Health and Sharing Their Eating Disorder Experiences

2/27/2019

Despite programs promoting acceptance, more than 70 percent of those who suffer eating disorders will not seek treatment due to stigma, misconceptions, lack of education, diagnosis and lack of access to care, according to the Eating Recovery Center.  That said, statistics show that up to 80 percent of patients who receive and complete eating disorder treatment will recover or improve significantly, the Recovery Center states. 

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Mile High Magazine
Radio Interview with Mile High Magazine

2/25/2019

Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Chief Clinical Officer, Eating Recovery Center, Denver (ERC Denver) and Patrick Devenny (Da-venny) Former CU tight end and Seattle Seahawks on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is 2/25.  A disorder that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.  Every 62 minutes, one person dies from the disease.  However, with early treatment and diagnosis, lifelong recovery is possible.

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WKMG-TV Orlando
Mike Marjama on News 6

2/25/2019

Former MLB played Mike Marjama discusses NEDA week, his own journey, and names ERC as one of the great resources to find out more about eating disorders and their warning signs.

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Glamour
Boxing Changed My Relationship With My Body - and My Eating Disorder

2/20/2019

When you’re in recovery from an eating disorder, finding the right type of exercise can be a murky process. “Some aerobic activity, like long-distance running, is more dangerous for those with eating disorders,” says Ovidio Bermudez, M.D., chief clinical officer at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver. “Anything repetitive or rhythmic that has a ‘metronome’ effect can be triggering.” What Dr. Bermudez calls “judge sports”—like gymnastics or ballet, which judge the body as much as the performance—can also be difficult.

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U.S. News & World Report
How to Spot and Treat Binge Eating Disorder

2/20/2019

As Sheldon experienced, the condition can affect every aspect of well-being, from occupation and income to relationships and health. Many people with BED also have at least one other psychiatric condition like depression or anxiety, says Julie Friedman, a health psychologist in Chicago who serves as national senior director of the Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program for the Eating Recovery Center. "It is serious, and it has lasting implications on someone's emotional health, mental health and physical health," she says.

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MindBodyGreen
What is Atypical Anorexia? How Eating Disorders Can Hide in Plain Sight

2/20/2019

Eating disorders—atypical anorexia included—have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Ashley Solomon, Psy.D., the executive clinical director at Eating Recovery Center in Ohio, tells mbg that there are a host of cardiac rhythm disturbances that are directly caused by weight loss of any capacity and malnutrition. "These are undoubtedly causal in the heightened risk for sudden death seen in people with anorexia nervosa," she writes. "Despite these very serious cardiac concerns, many people with eating disorders are reluctant to get help. The disorders themselves are marked by a brain-based type of denial that can make even seeing that there's a problem very difficult. As a clinician, I find that sometimes the presence of these heart issues can help someone see just how high the risk to their health really is."

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The Guardian
Extreme Fasting: How Silicon Valley is Rebranding Eating Disorders

2/20/2019

Fasting, of course, is not synonymous with anorexia. Nor is it necessarily problematic. However, as Dr Allison Chase, an eating disorder specialist, tells me over email, “any eating behaviors that involve restriction or rigid rules is concerning” and can be a precursor to diagnosable eating disorders. Also concerning is the way these behaviors are glamorized, particularly in Silicon Valley, where a number of high-profile tech execs extol the transformative power of extreme fasting. Meanwhile the compulsive measuring behaviors associated with eating disorders, including obsessively tracking your calorie intake and exercise, have been normalized by fitness tracking apps and the Silicon Valley ethos that constant self-examination leads to self-improvement.

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Aaptiv
Everything You Need to Know About Orthorexia

2/12/2019

One thing that’s for certain though: Today’s diet culture can definitely contribute to the problem. “Today, the ability to access information about ‘clean eating’ is easier than ever before,” notes Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, medical director of Eating Recovery Center, Washington. “And, for people who may already have anxiety about their health and wellness, the information online may further propagate how they choose to act regarding their eating, even though the validity of the information being presented may be questionable.”

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The Daily Gamecock
Community Celebrates Recovery at NEDA Walk

2/11/2019

The annual National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) walk on Saturday brought more than 240 students and members of the community together to raise awareness for eating disorders. Representatives from organizations such as Veritas Collaborative, Aloha Center, Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas, Project Heal and Student Health Services educated participants throughout the day.

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Self
What It's Like to Deal With Anorexia While You're Pregnant

2/8/2019

“People with anorexia who become pregnant often struggle with feeling that the body they’ve been striving to ‘keep in line’ or make smaller suddenly feels out of their control,” psychologist Ashley Solomon, Psy.D., managing regional director at Eating Recovery Center in Ohio, tells SELF. This relates, of course, to the weight gain, but also to the other ways in which pregnancy affects a person’s body: shortness of breath, nausea, hunger you can't ignore, insomnia. “For a woman who is already at odds with her body, the feeling that it is foreign and working against her can intensify,” says Solomon.

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The Daily Meal
Nutrition Myths you Need to Stop Believing

1/30/2019

The way we think about nutrition changes all the time. You wouldn’t believe some of the myths people used to believe about healthy eating. But what about the beliefs we still hold today? Some myths about nutrition have, unfortunately, stuck around. And you probably still believe a few of them.

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The Northerner
Suffering and Silenced: The Reality of Eating Disorders on Campus

1/7/2019

More than 30 million people across the country are struggling with an eating disorder, but only 30 percent will ever seek help. Eating disorders are terrifying, and many college students will unfortunately come to understand that all too well. A few Norse have been willing to tell their stories – will you listen?

Dr. Casey Tallent, national collegiate outreach director for the Eating Recovery Center, explained what consequences can result from the stressful transition into college.

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