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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 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 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 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
Let’s talk about “food addiction.” When it comes to food, we do not see the same chemical alterations of the brain’s neurons and circuits in one who compulsive overeats — when compared to one who is addicted to alcohol or drugs.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment recovery program", causes, "compulsive overeating", "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: "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "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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August 02, 2017
We must work with both caregivers and patients in eating disorder treatment. All caregivers have the ability or capacity to help their loved one work towards full eating disorder recovery. Thanks to the lessons of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, I have more patience and tolerance to explore the emotional roadblocks that get in the way of both caregiver and clinician.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, professionals, treatment, "treatment results"
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July 26, 2017
A new diet trend, the lectin-free diet, has been growing in popularity lately. This fad diet, contrary to what some diet gurus are saying, is not based on good science. Dr. Ralph Carson explains the facts.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr ralph carson", families, "health risks", patients, professionals
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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.
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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:
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DocumentTags: "dr ashley solomon", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "erc chicago il", "erc cincinnati oh", relapse, "to the bone", triggers
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