Category Archives: Families

Reflection a tool for self-discovery and renewal

In several days, 2015 will begin. This small pocket of time, between Christmas and New Year, is a grand opportunity to pause and reflect — like inserting a dot between finishing one chapter of life and starting another. Such time provides a chance to attend to items requiring closure, to repackage wayward thoughts, beliefs and […]

Farewell Ginger and Dora – carers supreme

Ginger and Dora are at rest under the apple tree in my backyard. They lie beside my dog Titan, who passed away six years ago. They were all great mates. Together they were an incredibly important part of my eating disorder recovery team. Three of my grand children are visiting today and their visit is […]

Finding support in an online family and community – share your story

Have you found online support helpful in coping with the challenges of diagnosing, treating and recovering from an eating disorder? Either for yourself, or someone you care for? If so, I would love to hear from you. The second half of my upcoming book, Using Writing as a Resource to Treat Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer, explores […]

Thank you to Laura – the eating disorder advocate extraordinaire

Laura Collins has a lot to do with the fact that I have been able to write six books on eating disorders in the past six years, and am writing another three. The reason is this: Laura believes in me. After recovering from a four-decades-long eating disorder in 2007, I began to write my memoir […]

Oh for when treating eating disorders is as easy as a walk in the park

Hello from New York City. Today has been a get-over-the-jetlag-day. Tomorrow the 2014 International Conference on Eating Disorders of the Academy of Eating Disorders begins. Hundreds of people involved in the field of eating disorders are gathering here to learn and be inspired in finding answers and improving treatments of this challenging and serious illness. Already […]

Let’s get REAL about eating disorders

We-all-have-a-lot-of-work-to-do to get the right message out about eating disorders. Like, sift the truth from the crap. Here are a few truths to share: Parents do NOT cause eating disorders to develop in their children; children do NOT choose to develop an eating disorder; you do not need to be THIN to have an eating […]

Listen: the voice of the nurse in eating disorder care

We learn what an eating disorder is like by listening to sufferers and families. But the picture is incomplete: to improve eating disorder care, the voices of nurses and clinicians must be heard too. Gill Todd was clinical nurse leader for eating disorders at the UK’s South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust when she retired in […]

Taking issue with ‘non-compliant’ in eating disorder care

“J” has been sent home from hospital as ‘non-compliant’. We have nowhere to turn; every hospital and clinic in our State has given up on “J”. She is 29 and has had Anorexia since she was 14; we are frightened we will lose her. “J” has lost everything, financially ruined, her car was repossessed, she […]

Friendship is a treasure to love and cherish, forever

‘What is “knowing” someone?’ my dear friend, Laura, asks. I awoke this Sunday morning, in the south-east corner of Australia, far from the USA and England, and began reading Laura’s heartfelt tribute to Charlotte before I was even half-dressed and have been thinking about her words ever since. Such is the beauty and power of […]

This Christmas, focus on relationships – and let food take care of itself

Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year, and not only because you get carried away by the commercialism spin and spend too much on presents. The true meaning of Christmas is wonderful of course – the birth of Christ lighting a beacon of hope for all the world. But the other warm […]