Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:53

What Women with Eating Disorders Really Fear

If you asked the average person to explain what an eating disorder is, they’d probably tell you that it’s a condition in which people starve themselves, binge and purge, avoid meals, and avoid social situations centered around meals. They’d probably also say that those who engage in these behaviors struggle with distorted body image and are afraid of gaining weight and of being fat.

Nicole Cowper, who began struggling with anorexia at a young age, has written an insightful and moving article about her treatment, her setbacks, and the lessons she’s learned from battling her eating disorder.


Recent changes to the health insurance requirements under the Affordable Care Act have lead to a boom in the number of eating disorder treatment centers across the nation. Some estimates say that the number has grown from 22 centers nationwide to 75 in the last decade.

In a recently published Recovery Campus magazine article, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Senior Fellow Jessica Setnick takes a closer look at the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) eating disorder program at Texas Tech University. It is one of the first communities of its kind to recognize the need for eating disorder support services among students who are also struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

Eating disorders—from anorexia, bulimia, and orthorexia to binge eating disorder — are extremely complex conditions that are caused by a variety of biological and social factors. A combination of genetics, temperament and personality, traumatic experiences, societal pressures, and environmental factors each play a role to varying degrees for each individual.

Horses have played an important role in the history of Remuda Ranch at The Meadows. The word “Remuda” refers to the group of horses used to give rest and provide a fresh start for the journey ahead.

Back before Remuda Ranch was an eating disorder treatment program, it was a dude ranch. Horses helped ranch guests get a fresh start along the dusty desert trails; today, these extraordinary creatures help women and girls get a fresh start along the road to recovery from eating disorders.

Carrie noticed that her friend Lydia had lost a lot of weight lately. She was paying close attention to her diet and exercising every day. People at school were always complimenting her, even teachers and parents. “What’s your secret?” they’d often say. “I wish I could lose weight that quickly!”
Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:31

Excessive Exercising and Eating Disorders

When it comes to exercise, more isn’t always better, especially for those who struggle with eating disorders. Hypergymnasia, exercise bulimia, anorexia athletica, and sports anorexia are all common names for behaviors associated with a compulsive drive to spend an extreme amount of time exercising. It becomes a way for them to control their bodies, their moods, and define themselves.

The Meadows is 40 years old this month! Our first patient was admitted on June 18, 1976 . We’re proud of how much we have grown and expanded in the years since, and of the thousands of patients and families whose lives have been forever changed by our programs.

Type I diabetes and an eating disorder can be the worst possible combination. While most people with bulimia purge through vomiting or excessive exercise; someone with diabulimia purges by under-dosing insulin, which causes sugar to be eliminated from her body through urine reducing their caloric intake.

Our staff have an expert understanding in both in-network and out-of-network benefits:

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