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Coming in February, 2007 (National Eating Disorders Awareness Month)!


GAINING another review, plus Eating Disorders Treatment over 30

July 5, 2007

Dear Friends,

I want to share some contacts that may be of interest, especially if you or someone you know is looking for a treatment program that specializes in working with adults.

First, though, Gaining received another terrific review, just published by the Academy for Eating Disorders in their AED Forum.
The reviewer is Renee Rienecke Hoste, PhD, of The University of Chicago Hospitals:

“Gaining: The Truth about Life after Eating Disorders”

Aimee Liu published “Solitaire”, the first memoir of anorexia, in 1979 after she struggled with the eating disorder as an adolescent. Although at the time she considered herself recovered, a relapse thirty years later encouraged Liu to reconsider the meaning of the word “recovery”.

Liu draws from multiple sources — her own experience, interviews with former anorexics and bulimics, research findings from leading experts in the field - as she explores the psyche of individuals who have suffered from an eating disorder. She describes how people with certain personality characteristics or tendencies are not only more prone to developing eating disorders, but that these characteristics can remain problematic throughout one’s life. Perfectionism, avoidance, social isolation, alexithymia, fear of intimacy, and disconnection from one’s self can continue to haunt people and destroy lives for years after they have “recovered”. Although no longer meeting DSM criteria, the characteristics that make an individual vulnerable to developing an eating disorder in the first place can continue to restrict one’s capacity to fully live life. If these tendencies are not addressed, they can also set the stage for relapse years later, particularly during times of stress. Liu encourages the question: Once someone no longer meets criteria for an eating disorder, what work still remains to be done?

“Gaining” is an engaging and incredibly insightful book. Those who have suffered from an eating disorder will see themselves on every page. Liu’s brutally honest approach in retelling her story will hopefully encourage readers to examine their own lives and consider making changes that will contribute to their long-term health. The book is also extremely thought-provoking, and will encourage researchers and clinicians to continue to question what is meant by “recovery” and how it can best be achieved.


I’m so grateful to Dr. Hoste and also to all of you who wrote to me volunteering to be interviewed for my piece in Prevention Magazine. I’ve completed the piece now and I hope it will be published in the coming months. You will be the first to know when it’s scheduled!

For a sidebar to go with the piece I also collected the names of eating disorders programs that specialize in treatment of adults, especially women over age 30. I received far more leads than the sidebar will accommodate, so I thought I would post these contacts for your review below.

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of these programs and am not specifically recommending them. I compiled this list from referrals by members of the Academy for Eating Disorders. For additional information and referrals to all sorts of eating disorder treatment programs and professionals, please contact the Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center edreferral@aol.com or

The list of programs follows.
Be well!

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Laureate Eating Disorders Program
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Tulsa, OK 74136

We do not commingle adolescents with adults and we usually have several women over the age of 40 in the program at any time.

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Center for Behavioral Change
3212 Skipwith Rd. Suite 104
Richmond, VA 23294

A structured out-patient program (group and individual, cognitive-behavioral focus).

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St. Cloud Hospital
Centracare Health plaza
Women's specialty center
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-229-4918

At the Women's specialty clinic we have a multidisciplinary outpatient eating disorder treatment team. Our team is comprised of three therapists and a nutritionists who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. We also collaborate with several physicians and physiatrists to provide the most comprehensive care to our clients. We treat adults of all ages with Binge eating disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, and other eating disorder difficulties on an outpatient basis.

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The Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Our program at River Oaks in New Orleans treats both adults and adolescents.

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The Center for Eating Disorders
The Bodywise Program
111 North First #2, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
www.center4ed.org; www.stopcompulsiveeating.com

The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor has a program "Bodywise," developed to help people of all ages dealing specifically with BED, chronic dieting and body image. Most of our clients are between 30 and 50 years of age.

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Rebecca’s House
Eating Disorder Outpatient Programs™
Diets Don’t Work®
23861 El Toro Road
7th Floor
Lake Forest, CA 92630

1. Diets Don’t Work® Structured Program. 800-711-63336. www.dietsdontwork.org
2. Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Centers. 800-711-2062. www.rebeccashouse.org

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Conscious Eating®, LLC
5575 Lake Park Way, Ste 114
La Mesa, CA 91942

Conscious Eating was created for adult women who have battled with "emotional eating", "binge eating" or "stress eating" for most of their adult life. We also work with women who have had weight loss surgery.

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The Awakening Center
3523 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

The Awakening Center in Chicago has many groups and services. The majority of our clients are adult women from 25 to 55 years old.

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Eating Disorder Institute
Fargo, North Dakota

We treat significant numbers of women in their 30s-60s for eating disorders. We have outpatient services both individual and group therapies, partial hospitalization (day hospital) and inpatient hospital services that all address the different theraputic needs of older (non-adolescent) patients.
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Eating Disorders Program
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Meyer 101, 600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program treats a large percentage of older patients as we are a tertiary referral facility and have a very well-established reputation for treating chronic and medically ill cases.

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The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia
475 Spring Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Renfrew has a Thirty Something and Beyond(TSAB) track for adult women at the Philadelphia residential program. They also run a TSAB group at the Philadelphia outpatient program.

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The Eating For Life Program
QEII Eating Disorder Clinic
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 2E2
(902) 473-6285
(902) 473-6282 fax
cdha.nshealth.ca under "Capital Health A to Z" and then look up "Eating Disorders"

Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre's Eating Disorder Clinic is in
Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada (address below). We are an adult clinic, 40-50% of
our clients are above the age of 30. We have a few males from time to time but
95+% are women.

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The Oak House is located in Melbourne Australia.
Phone: (03) 9888 4737
Fax: (03) 9888 4797
E-mail: info@theoakhouse.com.au
Web: www.theoakhouse.com.au

The Oak House is a private out-patient facility that treats sufferers of all types of eating disorders and all ages. Our adult program is specifically designed to assist the adult and the carers (family, partner, friends) in bringing about recovery. Many of our clients are 30 + years old and have been unwell for many years. Our program involves psychological, dietary and family counselling (usually intensive treatment of several sessions per week), support groups, meal support (if required), stage-specific group therapy programs, and medical management and liaison.

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below for more about Aimee's books & work.

Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews