Eating Disorders and Siblings: A Family Affair
Eating disorders are one of the most complex and confusing disorders for those affected and their families. Having a child diagnosed with an eating disorder can be very challenging for parents. Many programs and support groups are available for parents of individuals with eating disorders. However, very little attention or research has been focused on the siblings of individuals with eating disorders. Professionals and families must remember that siblings are also affected by these disorders. When a family faces a crisis such as a child facing an eating disorder often times the family’s attention will focus on the sick individual. This behavior although well intentioned can leave siblings feeling disconnected from the family or ignored by their parents. This also leaves room for siblings to build resentment towards the individual with the eating disorder and the parents that are focused on them. These siblings could also be forced into a new family role while the family organized to support the suffering individual. This could lead the sibling to take on extra responsibility to support his or her parents or take on a parental role in raising other siblings while parents are absent.
Debunking Misconceptions About Eating Disorders
Because eating disorders are complex and often misunderstood, there are several misconceptions about eating disorders and eating disorder behavior. These misconceptions include: people with eating disorders do not eat anything, you must be a certain size to have an eating disorder, and eating disorders cannot be fatal. A popular and incorrect notion about eating disorders is that people with eating disorders do not eat anything.
What Are the Latest Trends in Eating Disorders
Although eating disorders diagnosis is nothing new, new trends are developing within the eating disorder community. Two of these trends include the rise of eating disorders among men and the rise of eating disorders in younger children. According to Huffington (2013), “ A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in January 2013 found that eating disorders — once considered the domain of young, white, privileged females — are increasingly affecting males, with research indicating that 10 to 15 percent of people who suffer from anorexia or bulimia are male.”
What to Expect from Eating Disorder Residential Treatment
Entering a residential treatment facility can be anxiety provoking for returning clients, new clients, and families. Understanding this, most residential treatment programs are designed to accommodate all the tension and apprehension that may come with this change. The days spent at a residential treatment center are organized, planned, and focused on providing the best care and support possible. Although clients may enter a residential program at different stages of recovery and with differing disorders, all enter with the same rules and follow the same program.
Kitsap Eating Disorder Professionals Group
Please join us for a complimentary CEU and lunch presentation.
Angela Celio Doyle, PhD and Peter M. Doyle, PhD
from Eating & Weight Disorders Center of Seattle (EWDC) will present:
Family Based Treatment: Debunking Common Myths About Eating Disorder Treatment
– Monday, September 30th
– 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
– Sogno di Vino
– 18830 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA
Lunch with be provided.
Angela Celio Doyle, PhD, and Peter Doyle, PhD will discuss common misconceptions about the treatment of adolescents with restrictive eating disorders and provide an overview of Family Based Treatment (FBT; also called the Maudsley Approach). FBT is the most efficacious treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa, with 80% of adolescents achieving full weight restoration and start or resumption of menses at the conclusion of treatment. Explorations of other applications of FBT, for instance, for young adults (ages 18-24) and within a residential treatment program, will be discussed.
Angela Celio Doyle, PhD and Peter M. Doyle, PhD are Co-Directors of the Eating & Weight Disorders Center of Seattle, part of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle. They have both spent over a decade involved in research and clinical work focusing on eating disorders at Stanford
University, San Diego State University, University of California at San Diego, Northwestern University, and The University of Chicago. They are Clinical Instructors of Psychology at the University of Washington. In addition, they serve as faculty members within the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders and are certified providers of Family-Based Treatment for adolescent eating disorders.
For those who are interested, a consult group of providers who already treat, or are interested in treating, clients with concerns around food, body image, exercise, and weight will form out of this meeting.
1 CEU granted to RD, LMFT, LSW, LICSW, LMHC and certified counselors pending approval from the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
To RSVP and for questions contact Jenni Scharf
Help For Eating Disorders
No parent wants to believe that their child is suffering or that they have an eating disorder. Often times, it can be incredibly difficult to recognize the earliest signs that your child is in trouble. If you believe your teen or adolescent is showing signs of eating disorder behavior, it is important to understand the seriousness of eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening and require specialized treatment for recovery. Helping your child begins with recognizing that there is a problem and then seeking the appropriate professional treatment.
Understanding Treatment For Binge Eating
If your child is a binge eater and you want to help them, it may be hard to understand why they just don’t stop The problem is that like other eating issues, binge eating is often a disorder that requires professional eating disorder treatment. Binge eating can often be missed by parents because many of the youth that are afflicted by it may look normal and healthy, at least at first.
Specialized therapies and eating disorder treatments have been developed by eating disorder programs to help those that are afflicted by binge eating disorder. Both residential and outpatient treatment programs are available. The type of eating disorder treatment program that is appropriate depends on the severity of the disorder and the health of the person afflicted.
Teens are often strongly influenced by their emotions, which can be quite strong, overwhelming and sometimes irrational. Part of helping teens overcome eating disorders by helping them better understand and manage these strong feelings. Eating disorder treatment requires a complement of resources, and teens with eating disorders are dealing with additional circumstances that require additional treatment resources. For teens, specialized eating disorder treatment is the best solution. At a specialized treatment center, that is designed to help adolescents, treatment deals with the unique feelings and circumstances that effect teens. There are a variety of reasons that teen eating disorders should be treated differently than adults.
Eating Disorders and Male Adolescents
Eating disorders may often be seen as a predominately female concern. While a higher percentage of women struggle with eating disorders versus their male counterparts, it is important to understand that, while females are more likely to suffer from eating disorders, males can and do suffer from eating disorders. In addition, there is often a stigma attached to a male suffering with an eating disorder, so they are often better at hiding the behavior and are not as likely to admit that there is a problem.
Staying In Recovery
The decision to seek help and begin treatment for an eating disorder is one that takes a lot of courage. However, there is something more important than the decision to seek treatment and that is maintaining the motivation to stay in treatment and ultimately recover. The hardest obstacles faced on the road to recovery are challenges not usually placed by others but by ourselves. It is no surprise that those who suffer from an eating disorder tend to develop patterns of negative thought distortions about food and themselves. One of the most important tools to use in combating this is education.