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For over 30 years, The Center • A Place of HOPE has been helping people with eating disorders change their lives for good. Our eating disorder treatment programs are unique and life changing.

We look at the “whole you,” not just the parts you want us to see. We dig deeper and get to know you personally, walking alongside you with customized whole-person care and treatment plans aimed at healing you emotionally, physically and spiritually.

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Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

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What You Put Into Your Body Matters

It is important not only to eat healthy foods but to eat them in the proper proportion.  As a unique individual, you have an amount of calories needed each day and a weight range that is healthy and right for you.  I wholeheartedly encourage you to visit with your...

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How Do You Begin the Process of Relationship Recovery?

The way to start relationship recovery is to take a step of faith. The late Corrie ten Boom is credited with saying, “Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.” Living a life enmeshed in the throes of dependency can be like living in a relational fog. The fears...

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The Warm Embrace of Comfort Food

Few things bring as much comfort as homemade bread, especially when it’s hot out of the oven and slathered with sweet cream butter. It’s warm; it’s soft; it’s delicious. I attended a charity event, and one of the items up for bid in the silent auction part was called...

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Eating Disorder: Roadblocks to Forgiveness

Forgiving someone is never easy. It does not happen overnight; it is a process. Often it requires getting over the faulty beliefs and practices taught to you by the very people you are trying to forgive. Beware of the need to punish. In your anger, you may withhold...

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Overcoming Denial and Facing Your Eating Disorder

Successful recovery from an eating disorder requires you to spend an enormous amount of time thinking about who you are. Keep in mind that really looking at yourself honestly is not self-absorption; it is introspection. Self-absorption leads to a false reality;...

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The Devastating Physical Effects of Eating Disorders

Your body is paying a heavy price for your eating disorder. If you are bulimic and use laxatives or vomiting to purge, your skin is probably quite dry and frequently breaks out in small rashes and pimples. If your salivary glands haven’t yet become enlarged because of...

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Parental Involvement Important in the Prevention and Awareness of Eating Disorders

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, Founder and Director of Eating Disorder Hope and Debra Cooper, Expert Writer on eating disorders. Eating disorders are now epidemic in the United States. Approximately 11 million women and girls struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Although the average age of onset is 14, girls are being diagnosed as young as eight. Continue Reading ›

Consumer's Guide To Eating Disorders

With so many options across the country and around the world, how do you choose the right one? That, is the million dollar question.

Read our Consumer’s Guide to Eating Disorders and learn what you need to know about treatment. Download Our PDF ›

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A Body Revolution

Lady Gaga Launches Campaign to Help People With Eating Disorders

Lady Gaga is opening up about her struggles with an eating disorder, deciding instead to flaunt her so-called curvy flaws and launching a campaign for others to do the same. Firing back at tabloid attacks on her 25-pound weight gain, the singer posted photos of herself wearing only a bra and panties on her website Tuesday.

Lady Gaga is opening up about her struggles with an eating disorder, deciding instead to flaunt her so-called curvy flaws and launching a campaign for others to do the same.

Firing back at tabloid attacks on her 25-pound weight gain, the singer posted photos of herself wearing only a bra and panties on her website Tuesday.

Gaga says she’s battled with anorexia and bulimia since she was 15.

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Catherine Hickland

Catherine Hickland observes: “For actresses our looks are like our instruments; we are hyperaware of appearance, weight, and beauty. And so we learn of obsessive dieting, and obsessive exercise, and of the delusion that one is always ‘fat’ even though...

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Catherine Oxenberg

Actress Catherine Oxenberg (daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a distant relative of Britain’s royal family; she played Princess Di in ‘The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana’ in 1982, and also 1992 in ‘Charles and Diana:...

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Catherine Bell

‘JAG’ actress Catherine Bell struggled with an eating disorder in the past. “About 10 years ago, at the end of a four-month modeling tour in Japan, I became really depressed,” she says. “I started eating way too much and got into that whole ugly eating disorder thing.” She gained about 20 pounds, but Bell says the support of family and friends, “plus a return to nutritional eating habits and regular exercise,” enabled her to lose the excess weight. The results of her struggle stand as testimony for what good food and the right exercise can do. “I’m about 128 pounds,” says Bell. “And that’s OK with me.”

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Carre Otis

As a top fashion model, Carre Otis made her living on looking thin and beautiful. But now she is sharing the ugly truth about the weight-loss strategies she subjected herself to and the dire health consequences that resulted.

“I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling,” Otis says. “My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight.”

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Candace Cameron Bure

Former “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure went public with her years-long battle with bulimia following the end of the popular family-friendly TV series in her memoir, “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.” In...

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Calista Flockhart

The ultra-thin actresss spoke out about her much speculated weight problem. She said she doesn’t pay attention to all the gossip that she’s anorexic. She denied rumors that she has an eating disorder. However. later she admitted to having an eating disorder. After...

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Don’t Be Fooled

Please do not be fooled by all the hype to be thin like many of the celebrities. Their anorexic/bulimic behavior has forced many of them to be hospitalized. Eating Disorders are not glamorous, but very dangerous.
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