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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.

January 14, 2020
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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May 22, 2018
Do I think anyone will be perfectly recovered? No, but I do believe that we can daily surrender to a fully, satisfying life. Recovery is possible, even if it doesn’t look perfect. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "compulsive exercise", families, patients
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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. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
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March 22, 2017
If you exercise frequently — despite severe negative consequences — you could have a problem. Do these signs of compulsive exercise seem familiar to you?
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DocumentTags: "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive exercise", "dr ralph carson", "erc illinois", "excessive exercise", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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November 20, 2016
If it seems appropriate to reintegrate physical activity back into the daily routine, a mindful and gradual approach is recommended. This is how we help patients with anorexia and bulimia integrate movement back into their lives.
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DocumentTags: "beth riley", "compulsive exercise", diagnosis, families, patients, professionals, treatment
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August 25, 2016
Individuals who follow the recommendations of the treatment team and stay the course can develop a healthier relationship with exercise. They learn to listen to their bodies while providing the fuel that they need to be active. They discover ways to incorporate exercise into their lives while maintaining relationships with friends and family. They often find that by putting excessive/compulsive exercise behind them, they find more enjoyment in physical activity and feel more connected with what they truly value in life.
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "beth riley", "compulsive exercise", families, patients, professionals, treatment
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June 08, 2016
Thankfully, health and recovery from eating disorders are possible. Of course, it depends on a combination of factors — including the support of coaches, teams, families, medical and mental health professionals. Learn more about the signs of compulsive exercise and eating disorders in athletes. ​
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DocumentTags: "compulsive exercise", "ellie herman", males, patients, "symptoms & signs"
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March 24, 2016
To recognize National Athletic Training Month in March, we take a look at compulsive exercise, also known as excessive or obligatory exercise, and its relationship with eating disorders, to help identify at-risk individuals and refer to treatment.
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "compulsive exercise", "dr stephanie setliff", "erc dallas tx", families, patients
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March 08, 2016
Eating Recovery Center Insight's Clinical Director & Director of Trauma Services, Liva Adia Budrys, LCSW, AM, E-RYT 500, was recently featured on discussing how yoga instructors can focus on healthy body image, encouraging gains in mental and physical strength rather than changes in body shape.
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DocumentTags: "compulsive exercise", "erc chicago il", "livia budrys", professionals
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February 22, 2016
Learn about exercise-related eating disorders and how exercise can become an addiction. From Beth Riley, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and expert at the Eating Recovery Center. 
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DocumentTags: "beth riley", "compulsive exercise", "erc greenville sc", "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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