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#NEDAwareness Week Day 1: Media Literacy

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“In our media saturated culture, it is hard to escape the onslaught of messages about our bodies. Eating disorders are complex illnesses with complex roots. We can’t blame the media, but we do know that this steady stream of unrealistic ideals and digital illusions of “perfection” creates an environment where eating disorders and poor body image thrive. Of American elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say the pictures make them want to lose weight (Martin, 2010). The work of changing the media means recognizing and celebrating advertisements that send healthy body image messages, as well as taking the time to express our concerns about advertisements that send negative body image messages or promote unrealistic ideals. Being a savvy, critical consumer of media is crucial in the fight against eating disorders” (NEDA).

When Your Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder is a Christian

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by Katie Kovacs, MSEd., LPCC

Eating disorders are extremely difficult to understand. Within Christian culture, beliefs and perspectives about eating disorders vary greatly. Often times, people try to find a Biblical way of understanding and approaching these complex illnesses, and even with the best of intentions, they miss the mark. more

Hello, 2015!

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Happy New Year from Kovacs Counseling!  We are looking forward to 2015 being a strong year as we have added several components to our practice. more

What does Ed sound like?

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by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC

By now, you’ve probably heard an eating disorder referred to as “Ed.” The term became popular in 2003 when author and eating disorder survivor, Jenni Schaefer, teamed with psychotherapist Thom Rutledge, LCSW to write the book, “Life Without Ed.” Schaefer named her eating disorder (Ed), which gave it a personality, and helped her separate from the disease that could’ve killed her. more

Ed is Ed

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by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC

When a client comes to see me for an eating disorder assessment, she often comments, “But it’s not that bad. It’s not like I need to be in the hospital.” more

Free Webinars for Those in Recovery

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The Renfrew Center is offering five FREE upcoming recovery webinars. These one hour webinars are open to anyone in recovery or currently struggling with disordered eating. more

The Mosaic

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by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC

“In our lives the darkest times, the days that are bleak and black, add depth to every other experience. Like the dark bits of color in a mosaic, they add the contrast and shadows that give beauty to the whole, but they are just a small part of the big picture.”

– Amy Grant, “Mosaic: Piece of My Life So Far”

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What Can Elsa Teach Us About Saying Goodbye to Ed?

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by Katie Kovacs, MSEd., LPCC

Since November of 2013, Disney’s animated film “Frozen” has taken American pop culture by storm.  Anna and Elsa (and even Olaf) have become household names, and everyone seems to be talking about the box office success.   more

ED Awareness: An Idea

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by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC

National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week ended on Saturday, March 1. We hope the infographics we’ve posted here have been helpful, informative, and perhaps even instrumental in changing how you think about eating disorders. Maybe the NEDA campaign even sparked you to say to yourself, at some point in the week, “I had no idea…” more

I Had No Idea

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by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC

My work as an eating disorder specialist began long before my graduate school education, when I would spend my free time researching the most confounding mental illnesses.  more