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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.


May 30, 2018
If you are struggling with night eating, we encourage you to get help sooner rather than later. Most people wait too long to get help or assume that help is not available. The good news here is that night eating syndrome is highly treatable, and most patients will respond well to relatively simple interventions!
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August 23, 2017
Many patients complain about difficulty controlling their eating behaviors at night. They describe feeling small urges to eat during the day and then constant urges to eat between dinner and bedtime. If you are in the habit of binge eating at night, you can reduce this tendency. Dr. Friedman suggests that you integrate these tips into your routine: 
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June 22, 2017
Many people assume that men are not as vulnerable to eating disorders as women. Doctors often do not bother to screen male patients for eating disorders in the same way they might screen women. Often, providers focus on the fact that their patient is gaining weight while ignoring clinically significant eating disorder symptoms. To make matters worse, restrictive diets — that can exacerbate binge eating — are often prescribed as the recommended “cure."
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April 26, 2017
Sleep is one of the most overlooked and one of the most important aspects of binge eating disorder recovery. Good sleep offers many benefits to our physical and emotional health. Lack of sleep can affect our mood, our appetite and our eating behaviors. Here's how to improve your sleep in eating disorder recovery.
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January 16, 2017
Binge Eating Disorder doesn’t just affect individuals, it affects relationships. When Binge Eating Disorder is left untreated, it can even destroy a marriage. The longer this behavior continues, the harder it is to stop. Take action today to take care of yourself. Take action today to support your partner.
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August 09, 2016
We are now seeing a number of eating disorder-related concerns in patients who undergo bariatric surgery. In essence, bariatric surgery won't cure your eating disorder. Here are six reasons why:
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July 18, 2016

In a very simplified sense, the answer has to do with duration, frequency, and how much it's impacting your life negatively, the last being the most significant, says Julie Friedman, Ph.D., vice president of the Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort program for Eating Recovery Center's Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago. (With behaviors like bingeing and purging, the standard is usually once a week, taking into account that multiple shorter episodes versus a single longer one are just as problematic.) But when you're not forcing yourself to vomit or overeat—when you just want to reach an equilibrium of healthy and anti-inflammatory and not-that-bad-tasting—the diagnosis is a bit more complicated.

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April 11, 2016

ERC Insight's Julie Friedman, PhD, Vice President, CORE (Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort) was recently featured in an article on Bustle.com discussing Binge Eating Disorder.

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March 22, 2016
Join us for Tea Time with Robyn, where she talks about binge eating disorder with Julie Friedman and the need to address BED with specialized eating disorder treatment.
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March 01, 2016
Separate binge eating disorder myths from facts with these 7 myths of binge eating disorder. From Julie Friedman, Ph.D. of the Compulsive Overeating Recovery Effort (CORE) program at Insight Chicago.
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