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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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Australian families mark your calendars! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Have you heard yet about the eating disorder conference for parents and carers coming up in May 2013? This is a collaboration between F.E.A.S.T. and four Australian organi ... Read on »
How do you get an anorexia patient to eat? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The question seems so obvious and yet so impossible: food is medicine for the psychological symptoms of eating disorders but HOW? The patient generally doesn't believe it, d ... Read on »
I think it is murder by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders People are talking about recent cases where judges have been asked to decide whether gravely ill anorexia patients can be "allowed" to die . I think it is murder. Slow ... Read on »
research study to consider by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I encourage parents to consider research study participation to help build evidence-base in the eating disorder field. Whether to participate is entirely that family's choic ... Read on »
Double tragedy by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders That Clare and Rachel Wallmeyer have died is a tragedy for their loving family, but the continued misguided coverage of their lives is ongoing tragedy, still. I can thi ... Read on »
puppies and kangaroos by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders OK, so I probably shouldn't have thought I could get away with mentioning race as a social and not biological construct in an aside. I grew up talking about race a lot ... Read on »
why can't we all just get along? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Here is an excellent illustration of why we need as a field to come together on what an eating disorder is, and what it is not. The episode below, part of a series I otherwi ... Read on »
I dare you to stop watching this! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I don't know why it should be a guilty pleasure but it is: I'm loving this series of online TV segments on WIGS. I dare you to watch the first one in this series and not cli ... Read on »
Better to know by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I can't tell you what joy xkcd gives me: Everybody Jump What would happen if everyone on earth stood as close to each other as they could and j ... Read on »
A woman of a certain size by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders does Mommy Dearest's dysfunction look too big in this dress? Does my weight matter? I am a woman of a certain size. Average height, average weight r ... Read on »
random heresy of the day by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders So, do anorexics want to be thin more than other people? That may seem like a really obvious question but if your answer is "of course: look at them" let's chat. ... Read on »
a little anorexia isn't so bad.... by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Why is it SO HARD for people to get their minds around eating disorders as a real and distinct mental illness? There are a few reasons but here's the most diff ... Read on »
Ode to Joy by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Charlotte, it is really frustrating to have the same arguments with people endlessly, isn't it? Seems pointless, really. Wouldn't it be great to just get that other perso ... Read on »
Civility and projecting one's voice by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders So, civility - and the lack of it - is a daily struggle in activism. I'm listening to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech right now. There is nothing co ... Read on »
Yep, dysfunctional families ARE dysfunctional by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "If parents of an ED patient are dysfunctional then that must be part of the reason for the illness." No, sometimes parents are dysfunctional and their kid develo ... Read on »
Don't let your child fall off the growth curve by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There's a really important tool to help diagnose and track treatment that is rarely used, and even when used too often mis-used: weight for age percentiles. That sound ... Read on »
Help a promising filmmaker create a film that could change lives in India by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders What does the topic of trash recycling in India mean to you? Probably not much, but if you learn about it you may change your mind. Documentaries like the  Don't Waste Peopl ... Read on »
I'd like the thank the Academy... by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Okay, I'd like to thank Healthline, but it isn't as catchy. Thank you, Healthline, for choosing this blog as one of the 18 Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2012 . It me ... Read on »
breastfeeding, and FBT by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Many of the arguments about Family-Based Maudsley Treatment feel familiar. I was probably well-trained for FBT advocacy from years in the breastfeeding ga ... Read on »
Secret terror of parent activists by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The "Secret Terror of Anorexia parents" article just out in the Australian Sunday Telegraph is a sad and, well, terrifying example of good thinking run amok and causing re ... Read on »