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Education and Eating Disorders: 5 Challenges and 5 Strategies

Students with eating disorders often develop a complicated relationship between their education and their health. On campuses, comparisons among peers (of both appearance and academic standing) and high performance expectations breed perfectionism, a hallmark quality for many eating disorders. It’s both normal and encouraged to prioritize academic achievement over sleep, food, and other self-caring activities.
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Siblings and Eating Disorder Recovery (Part 2)

It can be confusing, sad, scary, and frustrating to live with a sibling who has an eating disorder. You may not know how to talk to them, or how to take care of yourself during the stressful stages of their treatment and recovery. Consider the following tips from individuals who have successfully navigated the eating disorder recovery journey with their siblings.

Siblings and Eating Disorder Recovery (Part 1)

When an adolescent is diagnosed with an eating disorder, it is not just that child’s issue. Rather, an eating disorder is often considered a reflection of larger family dysfunction that has just most prominently manifested in one member. Understandably, much attention and energy is given to the diagnosed child.

The Realities of Eating Disorder Recovery: A Recovered Provider’s Story

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist and recovery coach at Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS), Whitney McMullan was treated for an eating disorder herself. She never imagined she would eventually enter the field of eating disorder treatment as a provider, but now cherishes the benefits—for both herself and her clients—of her first-hand understanding.