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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center (ERC), our eating disorder treatment methods and programs, and upcoming meetings and events to help provide patients, families, professionals, and alumni alike with the information they need to understand their condition and enter on a path to long-lasting recovery.


October 30, 2017
At 19 years old, I chose to withdraw from college in order to regain control of my thoughts and behaviors. I never would have been able to face my anorexia without the scholarship I received from the Eating Recovery Foundation. This scholarship was what I needed to be able to get the treatment I needed. I was given the extra strength I needed to enter treatment, even after a relapse, and to fight feverishly throughout to be where I am now.
DocumentID: 2209
DocumentTags: anorexia, families, foundation, "lydia rhino", patients, scholarship, treatment
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October 26, 2017
Whether it was triggered by genetics, environmental factors, an increase in running — or a combination of all three — remains unknown. What was known is that, somewhere along the way, my daughter’s running transformed into something much more intense than a fun extracurricular activity. As her eating disorder progressed, it slowly crept into every facet of her life. Over time, almost all of her thoughts and actions were tainted — and driven — by anorexia. Along with her severe food restriction came an increasing, insatiable need to exercise — to move and burn calories in any way possible. 
DocumentID: 2207
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
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September 07, 2017
My son died by suicide after a two-year battle with anorexia on November 20th, 2015. Thankfully, though, in that first year after losing Justin, there were times where I could start seeing light again. As much as I miss my beautiful little boy, his spirit is always with me. 
DocumentID: 2153
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/How-I-Found-Life-After-Death
August 10, 2017
When my daughter was in treatment for anorexia nervosa, we learned that recovery had to become our number one priority. Nothing else in life mattered if our daughter didn't eat. Once she returned to school after eating disorder treatment, we had to formulate a new plan. This is what helped.
 
 
DocumentID: 2141
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "erc the woodlands", families, patients, prognosis, treatment
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July 18, 2017
Even eating disorder experts have family members who struggle with eating disorders. Today, Bonnie Brennan, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, shares her views on the film To the Bone with her teenage relative “Katie” who is in recovery from an eating disorder.
DocumentID: 2119
DocumentTags: alumni, "bonnie brennan", families, "lily collins", patients, "to the bone", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/July-2017/‘To-the-Bone’-on-Netflix-A-Therapist-and-Teen-Review-the-Film
July 12, 2017
We are hearing from members of our community that they will be watching the film To the Bone, even though they tell us that they know deep down inside that they “shouldn’t watch it.” If you do choose to watch the film, we recommend that you mindfully watch this film with someone who is a healthy support person for you. Be a critical consumer. Consider these questions as you watch:
DocumentID: 2117
DocumentTags: "dr ashley solomon", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "erc chicago il", "erc cincinnati oh", relapse, "to the bone", triggers
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/July-2017/Should-You-Watch-To-the-Bone-on-Netflix
May 12, 2017
I could easily let my son’s eating disorder consume me (pardon the pun). I could easily let it define me. However, I refuse to give it that much power. Yes, my son’s eating disorder is forever a part of the fabric of my motherhood. But, I can control how I manage my thoughts and feelings. For me, I do this through making the conscious decision to live a life of gratitude.
 
DocumentID: 2016
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/A-Message-to-Mothers-of-Children-with-Eating-Disorders
April 26, 2017
We applaud these celebrities who consistently use their public platform to speak out against body shaming and encourage body positivity. For those who’ve experienced their own struggles with eating disorders, we are grateful that they have honestly and bravely told their story as a way to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental illnesses.
DocumentID: 1989
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "body positivity", bulimia, families, patients, "treatment results"
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April 13, 2017
Certain eating disorder professionals may be surprised to learn that there is a fairly significant percentage of anorectic patients that also have autism-like symptoms. Does this mean that a large number of people struggling with anorexia also have an autism spectrum disorder? Absolutely not. In fact, a rather small percent of people with anorexia exhibit autism-type behaviors.
DocumentID: 1957
DocumentTags: anorexia, autism, "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", professionals, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2017/Are-Anorexia-and-Autism-Related-Dr-Ralph-Carson
March 07, 2017
Society tells us that there is a right and wrong way to eat, that certain foods are “good” and others are “bad.” But, food is just food; it doesn’t have a moral value. If I eat intuitively and take perfectionism out of the kitchen, I will eat in a balanced way. And my body will achieve its own ideal weight, which is not a perfect number in a magazine.
DocumentID: 1922
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "insight behavioral health centers", "jenni schaefer", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2017/How-to-Let-Go-of-Perfectionism-for-Good
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