Male Eating Disorders

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Ovidio Bermudez was recently featured in an article on askmen.com discussing Eating Disorders among men.

It’s hard to imagine Alex Viada ever suffered from an eating disorder.

He’s the image of a manly man: a muscular and ripped powerlifter and Ironman triathlete. When I interviewed him a while back for AskMen about being a hybrid athlete, I had no idea of his history with “a woman’s disease.”

That’s the stigma, right there; people believe eating disorders, and specifically anorexia, are diseases suffered only by women. And so, it makes the seeking and process of treatment for this potentially deadly mental illness that much more difficult…

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Is Your Healthy Diet an Unhealthy Obsession?

Eating Recovery Center’s Bonnie Brennan was recently featured in an article on paleomagonline.com discussing how obsessive healthy eating can sometimes turn into an eating disorder.

For some people food is fun, food is delicious; food is a way to express oneself, to share love. But for others, food is a means to control circumstances that they feel are out of control in their life. These circumstances can be an internal world of turmoil and charged emotions, or external circumstances that are dangerous and threatening. What can result is a natural coping mechanism that we call an eating disorder. For people without eating disorders it can be hard to imagine how food can become so much more than what is on your plate; how it becomes all encompassing; how someone can obsess every moment, day in and day out, over what they ate, they didn’t eat, what they wanted to eat, what they shouldn’t have eaten, the guilt, the suffering, all of it layer upon layer building up and hiding the original trauma…

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Life transitions: celebrating new beginnings and protecting recovery (Examiner.com)

Eating Recovery Center’s Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS, Senior Vice President, Business Development, is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Life transitions: celebrating new beginnings and protecting recovery”:

Last week, I embarked on a significant life transition.

For the past six years, I have served as Chief Marketing Officer at Eating Recovery Center, a leading provider of eating disorder treatment. During this time, my efforts, in tandem with the efforts of my skilled, dedicated colleagues, have grown our organization from a single eating disorder treatment center in Denver to a 20-hospital network across six states to meet the emerging need for specialized, expert eating disorder care and recovery for patients and families. I love my job, even though my commitment to it has at times kept me from attending my daughter’s dance recitals and kept me awake through the night pondering the answer to a pressing issue. So, earlier this year, I made the difficult decision to resign from this role and move to a new part-time position. As Senior Vice President, Business Development, I will work closely with senior leadership to cultivate and nurture Eating Recovery Center’s strategic referral relationships. This transition has been in the works for several months, and is now official…

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Mothers, daughters and eating disorders (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Mothers, daughters and eating disorders”:

The relationship between mothers and daughters relates closely to eating disorder prevention, development and recovery. In my three decades of practice as an eating disorder therapist, I’ve worked with countless families to evaluate, repair and strengthen this relationship in the presence—or aftermath—of an eating disorder.

In addition to recognizing the importance of the mother-daughter relationship from a clinical perspective, this notion is particularly close to my heart. Not only am I a daughter who struggled with an eating disorder for nearly a decade, but I am also a mother to two daughters, ages 13 and17. I reflect regularly on my relationship with my own mother and its impact on my illness and recovery, as well as how I am preparing my girls to function in a world that encourages an impossible body ideal and widespread body dissatisfaction…

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Eating disorders in athletes: Answers to 4 common questions (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Eating disorders in athletes: Answers to 4 common questions”:

Summertime is in full-swing, and athletic teams and clubs across the country are convening for training camps and workout sessions to hone their skills and build connections and rapport with their fellow athletes.

Eating disorders and body image issues can and do occur in athletes, particularly among sports that emphasize or require a particular size, appearance or weight, including cheerleading, dancing, swimming, diving, gymnastics, wrestling and running. Below, I answer four common questions related to eating disorders and body image concerns in athletes, including strategies for coaches, trainers and gym owners to help their athletes foster a positive, healthy body image…

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Leslie Eastwood McKay Joins The Eating Recovery Center Foundation as Executive Director

The Eating Recovery Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Leslie Eastwood McKay, a professional with more than 27 years of nonprofit experience, joined the Foundation as its Executive Director on June 29, 2015.

Leslie comes to the Foundation with extensive experience managing and fundraising for nonprofit organizations, most recently at TEDx Mile High and The Morgan Adams Foundation. Leslie has also worked with Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation….

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A Healthy Body Is the New “Bikini-Ready” Body

Eating Recovery Center of California’s Dr. Anna Vinter was recently featured on Livestrong.com discussing seasonal pressures to lose weight and tips for a healthy summer.

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the pressure to slim down and get toned. Ads for diet and exercise products showcase ideal “bikini bodies,” while tabloids harshly rate the “Best and Worst Celebrity Beach Bodies.”

Sound familiar? As a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders, summer presents a unique challenge for individuals struggling with body-image concerns. Even among people with a healthy body image, the “beach-body ideal” can spark feelings of inadequacy and depression…

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Dr. Ovidio Bermudez Featured on CNN Español: Que es la Anorexia Nerviosa?

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Ovidio Bermudez was recently featured in a video on CNN Español discussing acute cases of Anorexia Nervosa.

El caso de una mujer que pesa 18 kilos y que hace pocos días pidió ayuda en internet para salvar su vida conmociono al mundo. El doctor Ovidio Bermúdez nos explica más sobre la anorexia…

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Woman Raises Money for Anorexia Treatment to Save Her Life

Eating Recovery Center’s Bonnie Brennan was recently featured in an article discussing Rachael Farrokh, 37, the woman that created an internet video to seek financial help for her eating disorder treatment.

During National Mental Health Awareness Month, one woman’s battle with mental illness stands out.

Rachael Farrokh, 37, has caught the attention of the media with her desperate situation, where she is literally fighting for her life.

Farrokh has been struggling with her diagnosis of anorexia nervosa for 10 years, and her husband Rod Edmonson, 41, is concerned that she may not live to fight the battle much longer, according to ABC News…

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Woman With Anorexia Makes Public Appeal to Help Save Her Life

Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Philip Mehler was featured in an article on Yahoo.com discussing the “40 something pound” woman Rachel Farrokh.

A southern California woman suffering from a severe form of anorexia nervosa is publicly pleading for help now that her weight has spiraled out of control.

Rachael Farrokh, who is five-foot-seven and weighs just “40-something pounds” and has battled anorexia for 10 years. The 37-year-old actress posted a video to YouTube, detailing her ordeal and asking for financial donations to help her get the treatment she desperately needs…

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