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Monday, September 19, 2011

Family Based Therapy for anorexia: excellent outcomes

, Philadelphia Eating Disorder Examiner


Jack and Susannah Pierce (names changed) from New Britain, Pa., are caring, supportive parents. They have been on a rollercoaster since their daughter Wendi, now 15, was diagnosed with anorexia almost a year ago. “It was a vicious cycle,” says Jack. “She was hospitalized twice due to very low weight. As soon as she was discharged from the hospital she’d lose all the weight and we’d be back to square one.”

Wendi has anorexia, a disorder characterized by the refusal to maintain body weight. People with anorexia severely restrict food intake due to the mistaken belief that they are “fat,” although often they are severely malnourished.
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How can family involvement in treatment increase positive outcomes in the recovery process from anorexia?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Makes Sufferers Think They're Hideous


Eugene Bata is young and handsome. The New York City resident could easily be mistaken for a younger version of dashing actors Mario Lopez and Ralph Macchio.

But until recently, Bata, 20, saw anything but Hollywood good looks when he studied himself in the mirror. What he saw, he said, was straight out of a horror film.

He saw an ugly man, with small eyes, an oddly-shaped nose and skin so wrinkled that he considered getting Botox treatments.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, know that you are not alone and that there is help available for you.  What are common struggles you may face daily?

Monday, September 12, 2011

The children who fall victim to anorexia

As the new school term starts, the revelation that hundreds of children suffer from eating disorders has put teachers on alert. 


On Gemma Jones’s ninth birthday, she and her family piled into their car and travelled the 80 miles from their Surrey home town to London for the day. The occasion, however, was far from celebratory. Having lost weight drastically in the previous few weeks, the schoolgirl had just been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa by her local hospital.
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With a new school year beginning and the increasing pressures that children are facing, what are warning signs to be aware of that a child may be struggling with anorexia?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Exercise Compulsion and its Dangers

by Remuda Ranch Treatment Team

Bulimia involves binging and purging and often congers the image of a woman consuming huge quantities of food followed by vomiting to eliminate the unwanted calories. This image is often accurate, but people with bulimia do not always purge through vomiting. Some elect to compensate for their binges through extreme exercise. This is true for some people with anorexia as well. Even when there are no binges and the person is eating restrictively or normally, some people still feel a need to eliminate the calories they eat. For various reasons, individuals may choose exercise as their methods. Some do so because they are simply incapable of inducing vomiting. Others find vomiting aversive. Still others choose exercise because they believe that it is more socially acceptable.

Purging through exercise may keep weight down, but this is not always the case. If an individual binges twice a week and exercises compulsively every day, weight may remain unchanged. But reverse the frequencies of these behaviors and the individual will become overweight.

Extreme or compulsive exercise is dangerous. The most significant dangers of extreme exercise are overuse syndromes such as stress fractures, low heart rate, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis.

Stress fractures are micro-fractures of the bone, typically in weight-bearing areas such as feet and lower legs. Stress fractures develop from repetitive, high-impact, weight-bearing aerobic activity. Eating disorder patients, because they often have bone loss from osteopenia or osteoporosis, are particularly susceptible to stress fractures. Often stress fractures do not show up on x-rays but require a bone scan or MRI. Stress fractures limit a woman's ability to exercise, lead to pain during exercise and long-term pain if not allowed to heal, and increase the risk of major bone fractures which may ultimately promote curvature of the spine. Treatment includes resting the extremity, use of crutches if it is painful to walk, and avoidance of the repetitive activity that caused the fracture. In eating disorder patients with malnutrition, treatment also includes calcium and vitamin D supplementation, weight restoration, and resumption of normal menstruation.--finish reading article


Join Team Remuda Ranch at NYC NEDA Walk

Dear Alumni, Family and Friends,

 Remuda Ranch is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of NEDA.  In our continued support of NEDA’s mission and goals, we are eager to put on our walking shoes and participate in the 3rd Annual NYC NEDA walk on Sunday, October 2,  2011.  We want you to join us! We will be forming “Team Remuda Ranch.”  We would love to have you, your friends, family, and pets join us in our walk across New York City in our fight against eating disorders.  We are so proud of our alumni  and hope that we can celebrate recovery together for this great cause.  Dr. Dena Cabrera from Remuda Ranch will be your team captain.  Please register under “Team Remuda Ranch.  For more information,  please visit or

3rd Annual NYC NEDA Walk
Sunday, October 2,  2011.
Alumni, Family, Friends, Professionals
We want you to join us!
“Team Remuda Ranch.”  

Friday, September 2, 2011

An Unseen Perspective Into an Anorexic Mind

By Lucine Kozinian

The Young Actors Ensemble produces a play by local playwright Lenny Schwartz. "The Scarecrow" is a dark comedy about a college student battling with anorexia.

The impending hurricane did not scare away theater-goers from seeing the opening performance of “The Scarecrow” by Lenny Schwartz, put on by the Young Actors Ensemble.

A local playwright, Schwartz tells the tale of David Moore, a college student who is dealing with his anorexia. Based on a true story, Schwartz takes the audience on a whirlwind through the mind of a man with anorexia and his relationship with his friends and family.
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Promoting awareness of eating disorders, such as anorexia, is crucial to prevention.  What is something you can become involved in to contribute today?