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Real-world eating disorder recovery (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "Real-world eating disorder recovery": It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2014! Dedicated non-profits and treating professionals champion for heightened awareness of eating disorders’ diagnosis, treatment and recovery throughout the year. NEDAW represents a time during which the general public joins these non-profits and professionals in a larger, more widespread effort to raise awareness about eating disorders. In the spirit of advocating for accurate eating disorder information, I’ve been thinking about the concept of “real-world recovery.” In other words, how patients and families take the education and tools learned in the structured treatment environment and put them into action in their everyday lives following discharge. This is the period of time when many professionals argue that the real work of recovery begins. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, eating disorders are challenging illnesses to treat, and it can be even more challenging to sustain recovery. Once integrated back into “real life,” protecting recovery can feel challenging in the face of so many seemingly unavoidable food, eating and body related triggers. We can’t avoid food, movement, mirrors or unrealistic body ideals portrayed in magazines, movies, TV and the internet. Recovered myself from an eating disorder, I feel strongly that eating disorder treatment should acknowledge real-life challenges of recovery, both in the setting of treatment and the tools provided to patients and families to help them protect their recovery following treatment... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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