Eating Disorders: Anorexia Is Not Only About What She Sees in the Mirror

I read an article the other day that actually said, “Anorexia is about what she sees in the mirror.” I wanted to scream!

I am not saying that an eating disorder has nothing to do with what girls see in the mirror. But for someone to make an emphatic statement like that implies this is ALL anorexia is about.

It is misleading and written by someone who does not understand eating disorders. I cannot state strongly enough; anorexia and bulimia is not just about what she sees in the mirror.

This belief is partly why people don’t have empathy or enough compassion for those with eating disorders. They believe it is the “vanity” disorder. It is not.

An eating disorder is a complex mental disorder. There are multiple things that contribute to the development of anorexia or bulimia.

Research is showing there is a significant biological component in the development of eating disorders. Many girls have mothers, siblings, aunts or

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Assessment for Eating Disorders

Initial Intake Assessment

Presenting Problem:

Why are you seeking help at this time?

What are you struggling with the most?

Motivation and Support:

How does your family feel about the possibility of you coming to our Center?

Why do you want intensive help now as opposed to 30 days ago or one month from now?

If 100% means 100% committed, how committed are you to giving up your eating disorder and getting well? (Please give your response in a percentage.)

Previous Treatment History:

Start at the beginning with your first treatment and list dates, facilities, and professionals from whom you have received treatment. (dates inpatient/outpatient; MD/therapists’ names and phone numbers)

How have you felt about the treatment you have received?

Has it helped you? If yes, in what ways?

If it has not helped in the past, why not?


Non-psychiatric, gen

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Eating Disorders: What Are The Signs You Could Be Suffering?

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are becoming increasingly common. They mostly affect teenage girls and young women, but men and older women can also suffer from an eating disorder. Anyone with this medical/psychological condition needs to be treated as early as possible to prevent serious health complications. Early detection and treatment can literally save lives.

There are certain signs and symptoms that can indicate if a person has an eating disorder. The most common ones are listed below. If you notice these in yourself, or in someone you know, there is a chance that you or that person may need professional help. Talk to your parents, a health counselor, or an adult you trust to help you get properly assessed and diagnosed, and if needed, treated.

Physical signs and symptoms

  • Noticeable weight loss (for people suffering from anorexia nervosa)
  • Weight fluctuations (for people with bulimia nerv
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Singing and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are now epidemic. Singers and others in the entertainment business with its requisite media exposure are, I believe, especially vulnerable to these debilitating secret illnesses.

No one can approach their full vocal potential while chained to an eating disorder. Why? Because the voice will have problems in these areas:

  • Breathing (Power)
  • Tone (Path through an open throat)
  • Communication (Performance)

That’s right; with an eating disorder, everything I teach in Power, Path & Performance vocal training … everything necessary to the workings of your voice … is compromised and plagued with problems; some very pesky to diagnose and correct.

From denial to her long-term recovery from anorexia/bulimia, I have been Jenni Schaefer’s voice teacher and friend. Jenni recovered using a unique therapeutic approach that involved treating her eating disorder as a relationsh

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