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Laura Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
The author of "Eating With Your Anorexic" and director of F.E.A.S.T. is a mom on a mission to dispel the myths associated with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. An advocate of the family-based Maudsley approach, Collins thinks parents deserve to know that EDs are brain... Full Bio
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"Family therapy" sounds like "Family-Based Therapy" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Very important new article available over at the Maudsley Parents site . Dr. Angela Celio Doyle , of the University of Chicago, has clarified the history and mea ... Read on »
"fear-induced feeding cessation" sure sounds like dieting to me! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "Fear-induced feeding cessation" sure sounds like dieting to me! If we're looking for a reason for why a higher percentage of girls develop eating disorders (though th ... Read on »
"Feeling fat" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "I feel fat." "You are trying to make me fat." "You keep telling me I'm fine but I know the truth." Sound familiar? It sounds like vanity. But what if those ... Read on »
"fitness" is secret ladymagcode for "neurotic thinness" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Is there a Pulitzer prize for getting it ALL right in one page, sparkling with wit and appropriately seething profanity? They promise to tone, transform, fix, and whittl ... Read on »
"Full power, Rudolph!" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Hi, Laura ... Trivial as it may seem to send email specifically to say "I watched Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer tonight and thought of FEAST...," I'm writing just to say ... Read on »
"Gives me hope" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders a comment on the Around the Dinner Table forum last night: "Great program, Laura and all!! Yes, Laura, I loved hearing your d call in and especially her signing off 'I ... Read on »
"Google Yourself in April" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Parents turn to the Internet for information when a loved one develops an eating disorder. What they find, as they search in the middle of the night, matters. Often, trea ... Read on »
"Harm reduction" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "Hi,I am recovering from anorexia and regularly read your blog. I live in the UK and as I was reading earlier I wondered what you would make of the treatment of eating disorde ... Read on »
"helping the siblings of people with eating disorders" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Siblings suffer so much when a family member is ill. Want to help? Eating disorder work needs funds Read on »
"Homeostasis fails" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I'm still not here - I'm off writing. But before I left I leave this for you, complete with poetic alliteration and phrases - like "homeostasis fails": Perplexities and pr ... Read on »
"hope that is real" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My friend, Lydia, one of the Around the Dinner Table moderators, said something yesterday that exemplifies the forum (and her): "Sending hope that is real." Hope is necess ... Read on »
"how she helped herself make sense of it all" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There are a lot of books out there with old, misguided ideas about eating disorders and parents - some of them even by parents. It saddens me to think of parents new to the di ... Read on »
"I love you and thanks" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders We all have our heroes. Mine are parents facing the task of pulling a loved one from the clutches of an eating disorder. If you have never done it, or seen it up close, i ... Read on »
"I was very upset with them" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The new Miss America has dedicated her year in the spotlight to eating disorder awareness. Naturally, my first question was: what role did her parents play in her recover ... Read on »
"I'm finally happy.... I'm having fun." by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "in the old days parents used to be pushed away..." Jenni Schaefer mentioned F.E.A.S.T. in an interview the other day that parents will enjoy listening to. You can hear Je ... Read on »
"It embarrasses" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Every once in a while I attempt, against the tide of public gloating and self-loathing, to speak up against our society's weight problem. Not a problem of weighing too mu ... Read on »
"it's all 'important' work" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Aimee Liu has shared some interesting and, I believe, all too common thoughts on deserving attention: Wrestling with Stigma Read on »
"it's not their fault" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I've written and deleted a number of introductions to this link but really, the article - and the man - says it best The Man Who Looks Inside Anorexics' and Bulimics' Minds ... Read on »
"just one sentence" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Oh, for pity's sake! "Just one sentence could put your daughter or son on a path towards an eating disorder" Really, people? How is this sort of thing cred ... Read on »
"Keys had never intended for the BMI to be used in this way" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Why are doctors still measuring obesity with the body mass index Read on »