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Judy Scheel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is the author of When Food Is Family, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Cedar Associates Foundation.
WFF looks at how relationships play a role EDs. Known as Attachment Theory, emotional support, empathy and acceptance a child receives enables self-worth throughout life. Without healthy attachments, self-esteem is diminished; food is a replacement for relationships an individual craves. Causes of EDs are complex and are unique as is the individual who develops one. Understanding psychological & relational aspects is important in choosing treatment and in establishing an infrastructure for long-term recovery.