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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 19, 2018
A weekend surrounded by hundreds of sensitive, caring, and open-minded therapists is inevitably enriching. Two days spent talking about transforming lives and supporting others on the path to recovery was inspiring. I truly felt kindness and warmth from every person I talked to over the weekend. I deepened connections with colleagues and formed personal and professional bonds with many kindred spirits. I will certainly be back to the Eating Recovery Foundation annual conference next year and I hope that you consider joining us, too.
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September 27, 2018

The science on obesity has changed dramatically and it’s incumbent that we, the medical and clinical community, catch up. Dr. Julie Friedman, National Senior Director of ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program helps separate dieting fiction from fact.

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July 19, 2018
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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May 02, 2018
Recovery relies on learning. In order to recover from an eating disorder, we must learn new ways to think, learn new skills and learn new things about ourselves. To integrate this learning, we must be in a state of relative calm. We must also be in good physical health, feel safe and emotionally supported and be able to integrate new skills.
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March 29, 2018
For anyone who exercises, it’s important to ask ourselves broadly: are there any negative consequences occurring from exercise? A number of patients in treatment for eating disorders have, at some point, struggled with compulsive exercise. It is important for those in treatment to assess their views of exercise and to identify when exercise is getting to be unhealthy or compulsive — and to help prevent getting to the point where physical health consequences occur.
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DocumentTags: "alex colianni", alumni, "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "erc illinois", families, patients, professionals
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February 08, 2018
Have you heard of the theory of the suffering of the “overcontrolled” individual? Overcontrolled individuals tend to be perfectionists who live most of their life in a state of high threat (rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and quick breathing rate). Radically Open DBT addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
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January 31, 2018
I heave my suitcase into the overhead bin, and hesitantly take my seat. Seemingly unaware that I have arrived, the woman continues reading the paper; her elbow extending into my seat space and resting deep into my intestines. I shift in my seat in an effort to dislodge her elbow; my ample hips cause the armrest to raise as they settle in. She clears her throat and looks over her newspaper at me. Her subtle microaggression of defending her space reinforces the myriad messages I’ve already received: fat people are undeserving of occupying a shared space.
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November 30, 2017
Music therapist Haleigh Beaird shares how music therapy supports recovery from eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Plus, Haleigh shares a special holiday recovery playlist to help you reduce stress during this busy time of the year. 
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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 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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