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October 30, 2016  

7 Tips for Getting a Person with an Eating Disorder to Eat with Eva Musby


In this podcast you will hear my conversation with Eva Musby. We talk about her experience with family-based therapy (or family-based treatment) as a mother. We also go into the key points that Eva addresses in her book and give you Getting a Person with an Eating Disorder to Eat:

  1. Understand the fear mechanism that is active when a person has an eating disorder. Logic and lectures will not work in this place, and Eva explains what you can use therefore.
  2. Compassion. Understanding how the sufferer is feeling will help you not blame them for their actions and will help you push through with family-based treatment (FBT).
  3. Creating an impression of utter confidence. This helps the sufferer trust that you as the parent know what you are doing and will reduce the panic and insecurity the sufferer feels. Watch: Stuck not Eating on You Tube
  4. Meal supporters must be on the same page. This is a key predictor of recovery — down to all decisions, not just the broad strokes.
  5. Become a great body language reader!
  6. Have a thick skin! Understand with compassion that the abuse the sufferer is dishing out is not personal.
  7. Self care and compassion for the caregiver. FBT is relentless! You have to be on your A game!

adobe-spark-14About Eva Musby

Eva Musby is a pen name. Eva’s otherwise healthy daughter spiralled into anorexia. Eleven months in hospital restored her health, but once she was home, Eva and her family learned a lot and made fast progress.

Eva now takes the principles that she learned in helping her daughter to recover and uses them to help other parents. She has a book on helping a child recover from an eating disorder which is a fantastic resource for any parent.

Where to find more information:

and twitter is @evamusby
October 23, 2016  

Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders — a mother’s perspective


This podcast continues to discuss Family-Based Therapy for eating disorders.

In this podcast I talk to Amy Cunningham — mother of last week’s guest, Emma Cunningham. Last week we heard Emma’s story of family-based therapy from the perspective of a child who had recently been through the process. If you didn’t listen to last week’s episode you can do so here.

Amy tells us about the process of putting a child through family-based therapy. From diagnosis to close to full recovery.

In this podcast, we discuss:

  • Genetics of eating disorders and how they run through families.
  • Amy’s own experience with Anorexia and Bulimia.
  • How Amy recognized her daughter’s eating disorder.
  • Managing family-based therapy with school, work, and travel.
  • Working with other family members to administer family-based therapy.
  • Eating disorder advocacy and what needs to be done in order to make these illnesses better treated.

Amy now works as an advocate for family-based therapy and other aspects of eating disorder treatment and understanding. You can find out more about the advocacy part of our conversation via the following links.

International Eating Disorder Action 


World Eating Disorder Action Day

October 16, 2016  

How Family-Based Therapy saved my life — a message from a young survivor


In this podcast I talk to Emma Cunningham about how family-based therapy saved her life. This is a very enlightening perspective from a survivor — an important listen for parents who are currently administering FBT, or contemplating it.

Emma has suffered from Anorexia, and explains how her parents worked with professionals versed in family-based therapy practices to put her in an environment where her eating disorder could not survive. In fact, not only did Emma move into a firm place of recovery from her Anorexia, but she is now an advocate for family-based therapy as an effective form of treatment. What an incredible young woman!

If you are at all on the fence about family-based therapy, don’t take it from me. You don’t even have to take it from the professionals who use it to treat eating disorder patients. Listen to this 15-year-old survivor and see what she has to say about it.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How family based therapy is difficult, but it will strengthen relationships in the long run
  • Why parents should not hesitate to go into family-based therapy
  • How survivors respect and are thankful to parents who help them recover
  • How FBT allows sufferers to recover the fastest way, and this lets them continue with their lives without an eating disorder.
  • How families can work together even when they are not all living together
  • The influence of school and how to manage school during treatment.

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October 9, 2016  

Dr Sarah Ravin On Eating Disorders and Starting College


Eating Disorders and starting college is an important topic for many students who are in recovery from Anorexia, bulimia, or other types of eating disorders.

In this episode I talk to Florida-based eating disorder specialist Dr Sarah Ravin about eating disorders in students who are either due to go away to college, or who are already there.

Eating Disorders and Starting CollegeAbout Dr. Ravin

Dr Ravin specializes in treating children, teenagers, and young adults for eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and other non-specified eating disorders. Dr Ravin also treats these populations for other psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. She offers individual therapy as well as Family-Based Therapy (FBT) which is also known as The Maudsley Method.

Dr Ravin believes that parents are a sufferers greatest chance in recovery and works with parents to help their child reach a full recovery. She believes that a solid support system is crucial to the recovery process from an eating disorder.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How to know if it is safe to go to college or allow your child to go when an eating disorder is active.
  • Leverage parents can use to make an “adult” child conform to treatment or continue recovery.
  • The importance of a signed eating disorder recovery plan.
  • The importance of a third party on campus to act as a verification source for the parent.
  • Understanding that eating disorders make sufferers lie about their progress.
  • The importance of health over education, and when to know it is time to pull a child out of school.

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