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Screening for Mental Health – National ED Screening Program

The National Eating Disorders Screening Program (NEDSP) is implemented during Eating Disorders Awareness Week and was held for the first time on more than 600 college campuses February 5-11, 1996. This year over 130 colleges and universities are offering the NEDSP in -person screening events and approximately 350 schools currently offer a customized eating disorder online screening program. Each NEDSP event allows students to take an eating disorder screening, receive educational materials and resources and talk to a professional; all anonymously. 

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Eating Disorders in the Military

In a recent ABC new article, A West Point graduate shares her struggle with an Eating Disorder. This article highlights the increasing prevalence of eating disorders in the military. One study suggested that the diagnosis of eating disorders among service members doubled from 1998 to 2006, although the number remained relatively small. The military, much like professional sports, appears to be an environment where eating disorders are more likely to develop.  The environment cultivates severe pressures to attain and maintain peak physical condition marked with regular weigh-ins. For those who are already at risk or have disordered eating this environment may push…

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Non-Shaming Ways to Promote Anti-Obesity

There is growing concern among those that treat Eating Disorders regarding recent anti-obesity campaigns, particularly one being use by Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA). The CHOA advertising campaign is shaming and stigmatizing of children who are overweight. It is not encouraging healthy balance, not encouraging healthy eating habits, it simply is public bullying.  It speaks to the shaming and stigmatizing nature of our media and culture when it comes to weight. The National Eating Disorders Association as well as the Academy of Eating Disorders have issues statements encouraging CHOA to pull the advertising campaign and re-evaluate their message. While…

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Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer suffered from an eating disorder for most of her adolescence and early adulthood. She now dedicates herself to speaking internationally about recovery from Eating Disorders and how to really live a life in full recovery. Jenni has changed the face of advocacy for Eating Disorders, as well as redefined the recovery process and for that we at Castlewood, salute her. In her most recent book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life (McGraw-Hill), Jenni helps illuminate the process of moving from just being in recovery to living a full and balanced life. This…

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Health Versus Weight?

A recent magazine article featuring plus sized models has stirred quite the controversy in the fashion world. The article claims that most runway models meet the BMI criteria for Anorexia. This article also features provocative images of plus sized models and challenges the fashion industries preference for stick thin models. Obviously we could not agree more that it would serve all of us if fashion magazines and society in general accepted diverse body types, and welcomed this diversity into the media and culture. The magazine spread itself is interesting, but not what is most interesting to us. What is most interesting to us are…

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Former Client Wins Battle with Insurance Company

In August, the California Ninth Circuit Appeals judges, ruled that residential treatment was medically necessary for eating disorders, and therefore had to be covered under the state’s parity law, even if no exact equivalent existed on the physical disease side. “Some medically necessary treatments for severe mental illness have no analog in treatments for physical illnesses,” the three-judge panel wrote. “For example, it makes no sense in a case such as Harlick’s to pay for 100 days in a skilled nursing facility — which cannot effectively treat her anorexia nervosa — but not to pay for time in a residential treatment…

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Editorial Response from a Castlewood Alumni

Editorial Response from a Former Castlewood Client to the writer of a St. Louis Post Dispatch article: I  am a former patient of Castlewood. I entered inpatient treatment when I was 16 years old for anorexia. I had a severe eating disorder that hit fast and hard. Had I not received treatment, I would have died. With that being said, I truly believe Castlewood is the reason I am alive and well today. I am currently a 19 year old sophomore. I attend Saint Louis University School of Nursing. I read your article about women accusing a therapist at Castlewood of implanting memories, etc. I appreciate that…

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