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We know there is more than one answer to our campaign question. The complexity of eating disorders doesn’t scare us. We want to hear them all.

The intent of this campaign is to highlight the many different lenses through which we see (and can tackle) this disease. All of us will benefit from understanding eating disorders more holistically than we sometimes do. Moreover, by seeing the connections between these seemingly different points of view, we will be better able to “lock arms” against the disease — and really get to the other side.

Based on what we know and hear throughout this campaign, we will be sorting the submissions we receive into loosely themed groupings. These will likely change as the campaign progresses. Our goal throughout will be to reflect back, as fairly as we can, the gist of what we’re hearing.

Instilling Hope

One thing that’s gotta give is the attribution of labels such as “chronic” or “unmotivated” to patients who are struggling. From personal experience, I can say that being told that I/my illness was seen in that way made my heart sink…

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Listening to the Patient

I think something that’s gotta give in order to get to the other side of eating disorders, is the assumption (usually well meaning) that patients can’t/don’t know what is best for their recovery…

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Access to Timely, Appropriate Treatment

Something that’s gotta give is the accessibility of treatment for all who are struggling…Access to timely support, and treatment that fits the need of the individual is critical to getting to the other side of eating disorders…

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Better Models of Treatment

One thing that’s gotta give is the model of treatment for eating disorders. Eating disorders are a complex disease. From personal experience having recovered from an eating disorder, the treatment requires a team of professionals…

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Creating Space

“If we are going to get to the other side of eating disorders, a safe space to navigate recovery needs to be created for each individual…”

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Treat the Person

I believe the most crucial aspect of getting to the other side of eating disorders is treating the person, not the disease. It’s so easy for doctors or health professionals to hand out a diagnosis. Most of the time these outcomes are dealt with little or no empathy…

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EDs, Trauma & the Desperate Need for Services

There needs to be not only different levels of treatment available, intensive outpatient or day programs, residential programs, and relapse prevention programs, but also ones that treat co-existing conditions such as trauma based disorders…

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Victimization

One thing that’s gotta give is the way we victimize eating disorder sufferers. I think deep down the public, the medical community, therapists, and even family and friends view people with eating disorders as weak rather than unfortunate…

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Sense of Urgency

I think our sense of urgency is one of the things that’s gotta give. We don’t have “all the time in the world” to fight this disease, but that seems to be the status quo thinking. Eating disorders are devastating, but they’re also 100% preventable and treatable…

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