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December 26, 2016  

Therese Waterhous on Creating a Complete Treatment Model for Eating Disorders

In this Podcast, Tabitha Farrar Speaks to Therese Waterhous on Creating a Complete Treatment Model for Eating Disorders

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Myths and limitations of inpatient treatment for eating disorders
  • Problems with short-sighted treatments
  • How to work together to incorporate a long-term plan
  • Training practitioners in up-to-date treatments for eating disorders
  • Recognizing exercise as a symptom of an eating disorder and setting expectations around levels of exercise for a person in recovery with parents
  • Problems arising from lack of good communication between practitioners and parents/patients.

waterhous-2117About Therese S. Waterhous

Therese S. Waterhous is a PhD/RDN, CEDRD and IAEDP (International Assn. of eating Disorders Professionals) approved supervisor, is owner of Willamette Nutrition Source, LLC, a private outpatient practice devoted to eating disorders care. Therese has formal training in basic research, clinical nutrition and multidisciplinary team treatment of severe pediatric disorders.

Therese co-authored the AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Practice Paper on nutrition intervention in treatment of eating disorders, authored the online chapter for the AND on pediatric eating disorders and she is immediate past Director of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness nutrition practice group’s eating disorder subunit as well as being a professional advisor for She is the credentialing chair for the Oregon IAEDP chapter, served as co-chair of the Family Based Treatment SIG, within the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and she currently serves on the Medical Care Standards Committee for the AED and also the Health and

Nutrition Committee for IAEDP. Therese enjoys conducing trainings for health care professionals on eating disorder research and treatment and educating the general public about eating disorders.


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December 18, 2016  

Dr Laura Hill: Using the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders to Inform Treatment

In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talk to Dr Laura Hill about the neurobiology of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa. We also talk about the new treatment approach that Dr Hill is developing. In this podcast we discuss:

  • The history of research and understanding about eating disorders
  • The importance of involving the family in all aspects of treatment and educating support persons.
  • How understanding how eating disorders affect areas of the brain can explain the behaviors demonstrated by patients
  • The developments in treatment models as informed by neurobiology and patient studies
  • Dr Laura Hill’s contributions to the field of the neurobiology behind eating disorders
  • Treatment gaps and technologies to fill them
  • Eating disorders as brain-based illnesses
  • Developing compassion and understanding and applications for treatment

About Dr Laura Hill

Dr. Laura Hill is the President & CEO of The Center for Balanced Living, a free standing not-for-profit organization that specializes in the education, treatment and research of eating disorders. Dr Hill is the recipient of Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award in 2014, the National Eating Disorders Association 2011 Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness and was a TEDx Columbus speaker in 2012. She is an original founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 1993 and was Director of what is now known as The National Eating Disorder Association from 1990 to 1994.

She is the lead author of the Family Eating Disorder Manual, 2012; and has conducted research and spoken internationally over the last 35 years.  She is a recipient of the national Feeding Hope award by NEDA, in collaboration with UCSD Eating Disorder and Research.


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December 11, 2016  

Tabitha Talks to Emily Troscianko on Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery

In this podcast Tabs talks to Emily Troscianko about what we refer to as “overshoot” in eating disorder recovery.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why not to stop halfway in recovery
  • What exactly overshoot is in eating disorder recovery
  • The importance of fat as an organ
  • Why overshoot is a natural part of recovering from an eating disorder
  • Why trusting the body is so crucial … but so hard!
  • The greatness of life without an eating disorder

About Emily Troscianko

Emily Troscianko does research on the psychological effects of reading fiction, especially as they relate to mental health. She also writes a blog about eating disorders and is coauthoring a textbook on consciousness. She suffered from anorexia between the ages of 16 and 26, and is thankful that it wasn’t longer., is where you can find out more about Emily, and her blog is at,

I you are interested in learning more about “overshoot” the following resources may be of interest to you.

Overshoot Blog One

Aim to Overshoot

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December 6, 2016  

Planning for Christmas with an Eating Disorder Podcast

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks about how people with eating disorders who are in active recovery can not only survive Christmas but come out feeling stronger and more in control than they were before.

Thanksgiving, family meals, Christmas and other such celebrations are hard work for a person with an eating disorder.

  • How to prepare for the day without letting the eating disorder ruin it before it starts
  • How to manage eating disorder thoughts leading up to Christmas
  • How to stick to your guns with your recovery plan leading up to Christmas
  • When to know if Christmas with family is a good idea or not.
  • Understanding that recovery is a priority.

There is a blog post for this episode here.

This podcast contains actionable tips on how to manage an eating disorder leading up to Christmas.

If you are interested in either the Slack group for adults in active recovery from an eating disorder, or the group for adults helping adults in active recovery, please contact Tabitha.

December 4, 2016  

Beth Rosen: Health at Every Size and Dangers of Diet Rules

Health at Every SizeIn this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN, a Registered Dietitian promoting a non-diet approach to wellness.

  • Origins of health at every size
  • Dental issues in eating disorders
  • Diet industry business model and how it exploits
  • Overshoot in eating disorder recovery
  • False truths and how they govern our eating decisions
  • Dangers of diet rules
  • Getting rid of the thin ideal
  • How to be an activist for health at every size!


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