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      1. Pam the link works on my end. The comments are closed there, but you can comment on my end. The article is about whether “residential” treatment” for eating disorders should be covered, since it’s overpriced and the “recovery rates” are not accurately reported. They are much lower than stated on their websites. I think many are aware of this, though a few are helped at such places. Sadly, the patients who are not helped are often blamed, or told they “were not ready.” Typical, eh?

  1. I dunno, Julie. My sense is that eating disorders get worse the more they are focused on, and indeed all mental disoorders so called get worse the more they are focussed on….and that the very worse thing you can do for and to someone with anorexia (i tried hard to be bulimic but was not successful –my body just would not purge!) is put them with people who love and ignore their bodies but treat rhemsevles well too. By this mean, not people with vanities and petty bodily obsessions, but strong healthy people who could care less about being or seeing fat or nudity or bodies of various sizes and shapes etc. someone with anorexia would be better treated by having heathy attitudes modeled for them in living with people like that than being lectured and coddled and told what to do. No one likes to be forced into anything or eagle-eyed every moment ! But i know that i began to get better by being around people who had better things to do than watch every single food that they ate and count every morsel that went into them….and i really got bettter when as am artist i began to truly love every body, whatever they looked like, withiut judgment. Because they all interestrd me as objets d’art, and were beautiful truly beautiful…that is the real way to treat anorexia, not by force or constant observation, but by modeling a better way to feel and think and showing that life is much bigger than the food on one’s oh so small plate.

    1. I agree. Fromm my observation as well. I think anything that is going to work cannot be forced. Many people go to these providers and beg to be “fixed.” I think they need to be told, “Here is your safe space to explore opportunities and ways you can be yourself.” And that person, who has asked in earnest for a “fix,” can now objectively evaluate what will work, and what will not, and has the supreme right to change her mind anytime. To be freely allowed to make mistakes, to be freely allowed to say, “I was wrong,” to be freely allowed to have joy in making changes without getting criticized, that freedom, to me, means safety. that safe place. How can such safe places be made, or found?

      1. one serious problem in our society is the culture that tells people 1) that they are SICK rather than that they have a problem they need to work on, 2) that they need to be fixed, emphasis on the BE FIXED, passive voice…so when presented with options that mostly include having to work on their own shit, people avoid it like the plague and only go for the easy fixes like meds and others like doctors fixing them. My god, most people even avoid therapy because they might have to TALK about stuff, and I do not even really believe that does much good. I think discussing things with friends helps a lot more really…Or with people who have been there, done that and bought the tee shirt, i.e. overcome the difficulty.

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