Food for Thought Summer 2016: Eating Disorders

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Food for Thought Summer 2016: Eating Disorders


  • Kari Anderson, DBH, LCMHC, CEDS: The Role of Mindful Eating in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
  • Caroline Baerten, MA, RD: From Anorexic Eating Behaviors to Binge Eating
  • Claudia Vega, MD: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Share with Clients, Patients and Relatives
  • Educational Handout: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Share with Clients, Patients and Relatives

About this issue

As health care professionals working in the field of Mindful Eating, we may feel challenged when working with someone who is facing the complexities of an eating disorder.

And while we may have the best intentions, we could inadvertently harm them by not fully empathizing when it comes to the shades and silences of their suffering.

In this issue of Food for Thought, Dr. Kari Anderson identifies at which stages in the therapy process, it is most effective to introduce Mindful Eating to patients battling an eating disorder. The timing of a mindfulness and mindful eating approach is very important and will largely depend on where the patient is in his or her physical and emotional healing process.

We hear from Caroline Baerten, RD, about her experience of introducing mindful eating to her clients. She thoughtfully encourages us to remember our own embodiment of compassion and understanding, as this is the mirror that will help our patients soften their relationship with themselves and their bodies.

Dr. Claudia Vega contributes to this issue with our educational handout, providing guidance for patients and their families on how to identify a potential eating disorder.

We encourage you to read this issue with openness and curiosity. Perhaps you can discover how mindful eating can be of help to anyone with weight and body issues, not just those with classified eating disorders. When more of us approach food and eating with mindfulness, compassion and understanding, the more we will enjoy and love who we are -- and the less likely we will be to inadvertently harm others.