February 22nd, 2006


Time to Recover

I know there have been a couple of discussions on the extent to which one can recover, and whether or not recovery is possible, etc. What I want to know is, how long does it take before one can say they are fully recovered? I know that the exact legnth of time it would take would be different for everyone but that's not what I mean. Is there a certain minimum legnth of time that must exist between having eating disordered symptoms to being completely ED-free - when a person can officially say they are normal?

Sorry I don't know how much sense this makes. I just know it's not possible (at least not that I know of) for someone to qualify for an eating disorder one day and be recovered the next. There must be some period of transition, like going from Bulimia to EDNOS to normal. In the beginning of an ED, one may start with disordered eating or EDNOS, and then if it progresses after 3 months it can become Bulimia because that is the minimum legnth of time according to the DSM IV. But what about the other way around, would someone have to go 3 months of not exhibiting all the criteria of bulimia to be considered EDNOS or recovered?

Also, out of curiosity, for those of you who have recovered how long did it take to get to that point?
For those who have doctors or have been in treatment, how long were you in recovery (whether you are recovered or not)?
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Have any of you guys read this book before? I am intruiged by the subject.
Here's a review I found on Amazon:

Just as low-carb dieting becomes a national obsession and McDonald's begins downsizing its super-sizing, Campos, a law professor and syndicated columnist, offers a sure-to-be scandalous message: maybe fat isn't all that bad. Through solid prose, Campos builds a case against the "social institutions" that have misled the public about the dangers of being overweight. He boldly states that a cultural phenomenon—society's hysterical fear of body fat—is the real health hazard, not the over-consumption of food. Through a series of anecdotes, readers are told that the media is responsible for crushing healthy body images (particularly women's); how the dieting industry perpetuates the myth of obesity for its own gain; and how yo-yo dieting cycles have destroyed more lives than obesity ever will. Campos also says there's no real medical or scientific justification that fat is bad. "Given that Americans are enjoying longer lives and better health than ever before, the claim that four out of five of us are running serious health risks because of our weight sounds exactly like the sort of exaggeration that can produce a cultural epidemic of fear." While the studies and statistics Campos presents are convincing enough to launch a new debate about weight, some of his conclusions border on the absurd (e.g., he blames "Fat Politics" for the impeachment of President Clinton). And so begins the anti-fat backlash.

What do you think of this? I want to read it - it looks controversial, and Campos makes some good points though I don't know how valid they really are.


ALSO, media related:
For those of you who don't know (I just found out yesterday), Starved will be coming to Canada on Wednesday, March 8 on Showcase at 10pm. The trailer looked absolutely ridiculous; I anticipate watching this.

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I haven't seen anything along these lines posted before, please let me know if it has and I'll delete this.

I'm watching this TV show called 'Fat Families'. It's about three overweight families living in England who are changing their lifestyles [extremely] based on the advice of nutritionists and personal trainers. I know there have been lots of shows about losing weight, and I know that 'The Biggest Loser' has had teens on it before, but some of the children on this show are really young. Four of these kids look 6/7 years old.

I know that seeing a dietician as a family or changing your lifestyle as a family can help everyone, and can help overweight/obese children develop better eating/exercise habits and become healthier. I'm not sure how I feel about these young children posing for the cameras in their bathing suits to show their before/afters and being weighed on camera with their weights announced for the millions of people watching to see. Most likely these children didn't have much say in this since they're so young, and if they did have a say do you really think they knew what they were getting into? One of the little boys cried because his sister lost 12 pounds and he only lost 3. When these kids grow up I wonder how they'll feel about it. I know I would be embarassed beyond belief and probably would feel horrible about myself. It's one thing to help an overweight/obese child lose weight and become healthy, but it's another to do it on television.

How do you feel about kids this young being on shows like this? What about older children/young teenagers? Discuss.

let's discuss.

[i am taking a class on healthcare economics this semester for my major. we've covered some interesting things about the recent obesity epidemic, that i think this community would enjoy. i am definitely going to try post some of it/some of my class notes in the future, when i am not plagued by a three-page problem set due at 9:30am tomorrow. that i have not started. cool.]

for now: i am curious about how the online eating disorder community affects your eating disorder. specifically 'support' sites, not the pro-ana/mia garbage.

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