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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.


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
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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
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June 22, 2017
Many well-meaning people attempt to stop eating when they are “full.” And most of us assume that this ability — to notice if we feel hungry or full — will come to us easily and naturally. Does every person know how to recognize physical sensations of hunger and fullness? Are stomach cues really enough to rely on, in order to know when to eat and when to stop eating? 
DocumentID: 2063
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "dr ralph carson", families, patients, professionals
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June 06, 2017
There are many great conferences in the eating disorder field, and I’m frequently asked, “Why should I spend time away from my private practice, and make the financial investment to attend your conference?” I know you may think I’m a little biased, but when you read what conference attendees have to say, you’ll see there are many reasons why you should attend.
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DocumentTags: professionals
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Tags: professionals  
June 02, 2017
I share some of those words with you now because I hope they inspire other professionals to look critically at how our words shape our patients’ lives. I share them because I hope that people with eating disorders and their families are not still hearing these ideas laid out as truths. Here are some of the worst things I’ve ever said as an eating disorder therapist:
DocumentID: 2031
DocumentTags: alumni, "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients, professionals, treatment
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May 24, 2017
In our clinic, those who seek help for binge eating disorder (BED), night eating syndrome (NES), and loss of control eating (LOC) tend to skip meals, eat light during some meals and heavy during others, graze one day and eat a lot of food the next. This random timing of meals can make binge eating and associated problems worse. Here’s how:
DocumentID: 2023
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", "health risks", patients, treatment
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May 15, 2017
Those us who are familiar with mental health illnesses know that oftentimes sufferers mask their symptoms. Nowhere is that more true than in social media. As the nation kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week, we would like to showcase Instagram's  partnership with Troian Bellisario as part of #HereForYou campaign.
DocumentID: 2017
DocumentTags: alumni, depression, families, instagram, "mental health", patients, "troian bellisario"
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May 09, 2017
Last week we celebrated Eating Recovery Day with the theme “#DontMissIt.” Our goal was to come together as a community to talk about eating disorders in as many ways and places as we could. We are overwhelmed by your support and commitment to increasing awareness and removing the stigma about eating disorders. Today, we would like to showcase just some of your truly inspiring contributions to Eating Recovery Day 2017.
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DocumentTags: "eating recovery day 2017", events, families, patients, professionals, "recovery ambassador"
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May 02, 2017
Please consider “taking five” today – make a call and make a difference. Click here to call your members of Congress.
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DocumentTags: advocacy
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Tags: advocacy  
April 21, 2017
A true celebration of experience, strength, and hope, our second annual Eating Recovery Day, is fast approaching on Tuesday, May 2. Leading up to May 2, my advocate friends and I will come together on various blogs to share our perspectives about this year’s Eating Recovery Day theme, #DontMissIt. Prepare to get inspired.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eating recovery day", events, families, "jenni schaefer", "kara richardson whitely", patients
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