By Vicki Berkus M.D., Ph.D., CEDS, Remuda Ranch Medical Advisor
Over the years, there have been many theories proposed to try to explain the causes of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED). They include the social model, the learned model, the moral model, and the disease model, which is the one that we use at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows.
By Vicki Berkus, MD, Medical Services Advisor
The hardest part of having a child or family member with an eating disorder is the longevity of the disease. Dads especially are used to going in and “fixing” problems; but, when it comes to eating disorders, it is not that simple.
We want to help recovery take wings, so we're offering to cover airfare for individuals admitting to inpatient treatment at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows between now and May 31.
Making the decision to send your adolescent daughter to an inpatient treatment center for an eating disorder may be one of the scariest and most difficult things you ever do as a parent. However, given the seriousness of eating disorders — anorexia, for example, has the highest death rate of all mental illnesses — it is important that you do insist that she get the treatment she needs. As a parent, your influence is more powerful than you may think.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with eating healthy foods; but, if a person becomes fixated on a need to eat only what they consider the healthiest and most “pure” foods they could be suffering from an eating disorder called Orthorexia.
By Stefanie F.
Right now, I’m sitting in my hotel room watching TV, talking to my fiancé and laying out my uniform for work tomorrow. It’s in these simple moments when I am truly grateful for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows and my outpatient treatment team.
Saying that there is an unhealthy expectation in our culture when it comes to weight and female celebrities is an understatement. Disordered eating is so normalized in our society that few people acknowledge the gravity of the disease unless they’ve experienced it first hand.
The documentary Amy, which won the Documentary Feature Oscar Sunday night, skims the surface on the subject of disordered eating in female Hollywood and its role in the life and death of famous singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Unfortunately, it’s still a far cry away from bringing to light the gigantic reality of Winehouse’s probable battle with bulimia nervosa.
By Helen Pak, Director of Nutrition Services at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows
In the early stages of eating disorder treatment, the most important message for patients is to accept is that food is the best medicine for their illness. As they get healthier, however, it becomes necessary to shift the focus and help patients improve their relationship with food.
Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self.
Our staff have an expert understanding in both in-network and out-of-network benefits including:
Exclusively For Females • Innovative Experiential Therapy • Comprehensive Medical Care