Blog Posts in 2013

  • When people think about eating disorders, they often imagine an emaciated girl with anorexia – or perhaps a young white girl battling the treacherous cycles of bulimia. While those ideas can sometimes be accurate, the truth is, you don't have to be young, female, or even thin to suffer from an eating disorder. Furthermore, although it may come as a surprise, the eating disorder that most ...
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  • Unreasonable Mental Health Insurance Denials

    || 16-Dec-2013

    Do you ever wonder what justifications insurers use for denying mental health benefits? In our experience, we have come to learn that the reasoning behind these types of insurance denials can be incredibly shocking. Some insurers have the ability to make tragic, life-threatening behaviors seem insignificant and trivial. For instance, below are a few recent insurance denials we have encountered: ...
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  • New Rules Help, But The Fight For Parity Continues

    || 10-Dec-2013

    What The "Final Rules" Really Mean Last month, the mental health community celebrated as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the "Final Rule" for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act (MHPAEA). Parity was signed into law by President George Bush in 2008. After five years of deliberation, and after five years of ...
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  • As reported by ABC news on February 8, 2012, Jenifer Beaudean's bulimia began when she was a third-year cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She felt pressure from her family, school and peers to "make the uniform look good," she said this, understandably, affected her self-image. Beaudean recalls that at a routine weigh-in held to ensure cadets are ...
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  • Blog contributed by: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC and Crystal Karges, RDN, IBCLC of Eating Disorder Hope Entering treatment for an eating disorder is the first step toward finding healing, recovery and well being. Once you have made the decision to begin treatment however, how do you decide what level of treatment is best for you? Navigating through the various treatment options can be overwhelming, ...
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  • Beware of Fat Letters and Fat Shaming This Halloween

    || 30-Oct-2013

    What's scarier than a haunted house on Halloween? Someone passing out "fat letters" to your trick-or-treating child. As reported in USA Today, a North Dakota woman has a horrific and appalling idea for neighborhood trick-or-treaters this Halloween. During an anonymous radio interview with Y94, the woman revealed her plan to hand out "fat letters," rather than candy, to ...
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  • The holidays are a time for conversation, tradition, special foods, and family. For those battling an eating disorder, however, the holidays can be an incredibly different and overwhelming experience. What is typically a happy and joyous time meant for celebration can quickly become a nightmare, provoking old eating disorder habits and testing and challenging recovery. From Halloween to New ...
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  • By Lisa S. Kantor, Esq. & Rachel Teicher NBC's popular reality show, The Biggest Loser, has returned for its 15 th season. The message in the show is clear: significant weight loss is good, fat is bad. While many people find this show to be wildly entertaining, we can't help but be horrified by the deliberate display of fat shaming and weight bias, excessive and dangerous measures for ...
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  • Below are a few examples of denials that our clients have received from their insurance company. These clients (and countless others) have all been adversely affected by an insurance company's misunderstanding of what it means to be treated for, and recover from an eating disorder, an insurance company's misdirected and harmful attention to weight, and an insurance company's impact on ...
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  • Resistance to Change - Combating Weight Stigma

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Originally posted on BEDA's WSAW blog As an advocate for those with eating disorders, a question I often ponder is, "how long must we wait before the truths that dieting does not work, all body types can be healthy, and weight is not a predictor of overall health, become assimilated into our culture?" Recently, Sue Thomason, the anti-dieter, helped me answer my question, through her ...
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  • Reading, Writing and BMI

    || 10-Oct-2013

    As recently reported by CNN and in several news stories over the last few days, the parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts – are receiving letters regarding something quite personal about their child and outside the scope of a school's typical business and expertise; their children's weight, and more ...
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  • On Tuesday October 1 st, the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) successfully hosted their first annual fundraiser, featuring several very influential advocates to the eating disorder community. This exclusive event was aimed to advance the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. During the evening, powerful speakers shared stories of eating disorders and recovery, auction items ...
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  • A recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), often referred to as "Obamacare," announced that the October 1st launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace will allow nearly 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans access to affordable health insurance coverage. Millions of Americans will have the opportunity to ...
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  • A report from NPR on September 17, 2013 provided good news to patients who are covered under another person's health insurance. A California Bill awaiting Governor Brown's signature would allow patients to direct an insurance company to send paperwork dealing with some health services to another address, or by a different means altogether, like a cell phone. This change would allow ...
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  • Do you have questions? We have answers. This month we decided to do something a little bit different for our newsletter. We reached out to the eating disorder community to find out the type of questions they have when seeking insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders. We know that this can be an overwhelming and frightening time for many. We hope that this information empowers you, ...
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