Generally whenever I mention the statistic from Gina Kolata’s Rethinking Thin that 50-70% of our body weight is inherited, I receive such dirty looks that I often add that there have been challenges a plenty to this conclusion. Now, however, The New England Journal of Medicinehas weighed in on the subject by publishing the conclusions of a twin-study on eating and weight, and it looks as if Kolata was right on the mark.


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I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was busy over the weekend, finishing up one of the final drafts of my new book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. I also had a fun date! I can't wait to share the new book with you, because it talks about dating and other life stuff. Thanks to everyone who commented on my recent post about the book. Next weekend, I am excited about attending the EDCT Forum…

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Traumatic childhoods, those that involve chronic neglect, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, or sudden abandonment by a parent, make it harder to recover from eating disorders. These occurrences which happened decades ago continue to have major reverberations in our current lives and often get played out in difficulties with food, self concept, relationships, and impairment of effective life skills.


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Fear. Guilt. Shame.  The emotions are often driven by our deep rooted anxieties and self doubt.  We must challenge ourselves to mentally "turn down the volume" and re-regulate the role that they play in our lives.

For individuals with eating disorders, and for the population at large, much of our behavior is governed by these emotions.  It is only when we get out of balance that problems occur (yes, the everything in moderation talk). 

In speaking with individuals who don't "fit the mold" of the "typical" eating disordered patient, there still exists the fear of exposure to family, friends, and loved ones.  This fear, bolstered by shame for having the illness and/or guilt for having a " white woman's illness" is allowed to persist and strengthen.

By not speaking out, it becomes more difficult to obtain treatment and end the cycle. It also delays the necessary research to gain further knowledge about eating disorders.  Most importantly, we cannot accurately assess the prevalence, incidence, at risk populations, and devise new treatment for these disorders.

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For 30 years I’ve been teaching people to slow down while they’re eating. It seems like common sense. After all, what’s the big rush? How often are we really (really, really) so harried and hurried that we can’t take time to enjoy food? Fast eating used to be just a bad habit. Now science is ringing the alarm bell and warning us that eating quickly and past full puts us at risk for becoming overweight.


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I am so excited that my new book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, will be released in September. See the new book cover below. What do you think?! Anyway, as it turns out, I wrote way too much for the book, and some of the pieces would not fit. (That's a good problem to have actually!) So I am going to start posting some of…

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  Dear  Readers,                 One in five kids in America today is obese, and you can bet that there are a lot of experts trying to figure out how to stop the epidemic of overweight. Yale University has responded with the creation of The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, a non-profit research and public policy organization whose mission is to improve the world’s diet, reduce obesity and fight weight stigma.                 The issue…

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