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Bariatric Surgery: Anything but a Quick Fix

Bariatric surgery is becoming more and more common, with approximately 200,000 people electing to undergo this procedure each year. Bariatric surgery has one goal:  weight loss. This is accomplished primarily through restriction of gastric capacity, which means people simply cannot eat as much as before.  Another strategy is restriction combined with bypassing a portion of … Read More

Congress Must Act … Now

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that a large segment of the US population has experienced a sharp spike in the death rate since 1999. Moreover, the key causes of those increased deaths are seemingly self-imposed: alcohol, drugs, and suicide. This increasingly at-risk group is middle-aged white people. Prior to 1999 the mortality rate for this population was decreasing, reflecting decades … Read More

New Research Regarding Anorexia

It has long been known that eating disorders have both psychological and physiological components. However, new research indicates that the physical aspect may be more complex than previously thought and what is transpiring in the intestines of those with anorexia may have psychological ramifications. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in … Read More

Family Therapy and Eating Disorders

Families are systems that shape us, motivate us, but also leave us vulnerable with wounds and expectations.  Families with a member that has an eating disorder have often been characterized as enmeshed, overprotective, overly rigid, or as having a strong tendency to avoid conflict with a lack of conflict resolution. These families create poor boundaries … Read More

Effective Family Communication

In what areas does your family communications break down?  Everyone in a family is affected by another family member’s problems. Yet the family can have a major influence on long-term recovery and adjustment from eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders and most other problems.   People erroneously believe that because they can speak words, … Read More

Top Signs of A Healthy 12 Step Meeting

Thousands of 12 step meetings are held every day. Although they may share similar names and core beliefs, not all 12 step meetings are created equally. Meetings are led by members of the program rather than professionals. There is natural turnover among volunteers, and meetings may change significantly over time based on both the leadership … Read More