I just participated in a survey of professions on the question of whether one can make a full recovery from an eating disorder.

Here is what I wrote:

I believe in the possibility of complete recovery though it may take a long time and require lots of resources and effort, but it is worth it. To protect recovery, one must not jeopardize it by dieting, over exercising, and criticizing one's body, but instead focus on developing and supporting a clear, unapologetic sense of self. I wouldn't be in this work if I didn't believe in complete recovery. My own recovery, solid now for 40 years, still inspires me.

A while back I blogged about how opening "Pandora's Box" increases risk of eating disorders. Several readers asked me to spell out what is in the "Box." I just realized that I have written the perfect description above: "dieting, over exercising, and criticizing one's body."


Nutritionist Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, co-authors of The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders, Gūrze Books, (www.childhoodeatingdisorders.com). Marcia is also author of Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (www.marciaherrin.com).
Copyrighted by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto

About the Authors

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D., is the founder of Dartmouth College's nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, NH.

Nancy Matsumoto

Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance journalist who has written numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image.

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