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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.


November 20, 2017
If you put yourself in the shoes of the person impacted by the eating disorder, you may feel more empathy for just how difficult the holidays can be. Individuals with eating disorders aren’t just not enjoying the holidays; often, they are just hoping to survive them. When you understand how painful this can be, it makes sense to seek treatment sooner than later.
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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.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, families, foundation, "lydia rhino", patients, scholarship, treatment
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October 18, 2017
The Body Project has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders and touts very strong effects at reducing body dissatisfaction. The program also is decreasing eating disorder risk factors. The Body Project is a body-acceptance program supported by more research than any other body image program. Here's what faculty, staff and students have to say about their experience:
 
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DocumentTags: "body dysmorphia disorder", "child & adolescent", "eating recovery foundation", families, foundation, professionals, "the body project"
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October 17, 2017
How do you successfully navigate the holidays while in treatment for — or recovery from — binge eating disorder? ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program shares many simple and empowering coping tools and techniques that you can apply each day in recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", families, patients, treatment
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October 16, 2017
In my previous two blog posts, I have explained the basic facts about food addiction and reviewed the scientific research on food addiction. In today’s blog, I explain how to treat food addiction, or as I prefer to call it, treatment of compulsive eating behavior.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive eating", "dr mara gustafson", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients, treatment
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October 10, 2017
October is National Coming Out Month so we are encouraging our trans friends to come out of the closet about their eating disorder this month. But we also encourage everyone else to do their part to make coming out with an eating disorder easier. Zach Rawlings MA, LPC explains.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "lgbt history month", lgbtq, "national coming out day", patients, professionals, "zach rawlings"
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October 05, 2017
Think about it: Life would be so much more real and honest if we could just express our vulnerabilities and struggles more openly! But, unfortunately, we don’t. We can begin the journey towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and engaging each other in true connection. For me, it starts with simple steps like these:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "ana agarrat", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "support groups", treatment
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September 21, 2017
In a previous blog post, I discussed “food addiction” and compulsive eating. In that blog, I shared hope that treatment for loss of control eating is possible. I believe that we can learn how to create a healthy relationship with food. In today’s blog, I want to explain a little more about the science behind “food addiction.”
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating treatment recovery program", causes, diagnosis, "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", patients
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August 30, 2017
When we say that a person is addicted, we mean that this person will always have to abstain from the trigger foods enjoyed in the past. We are saying that there is no hope to reintroduce these foods back into one’s diet. We are saying that this person cannot have a healthy relationship with food. I reframe it to patients like this: you are not addicted to food; you are a compulsive eater, treatment is available and there is hope. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, diagnosis, "dr ralph carson", families, patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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August 17, 2017
Many of our referring colleagues share with us their challenges of moving their patients into a higher level of care. They know their patient would benefit from our multi-disciplinary eating disorder treatment program, but the patient is resistant for myriad reasons.
 
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