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Joanna offers personalized eating disorder recovery therapy for women.  She created this site. Joanna is a Los Angeles psychotherapist, speaker and author of Healing Your Hungry Heart.  She specializes in eating disorder recovery for adult women and building a fulfilling life beyond recovery.

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Countering Charge of Irresponsibility in Obese People

you don't remove the armor unless you have an alternative coping system I found a "Called Out" comment on Forbes Magazine attacking obese people outrageous.  I address it here.

Meghan Casserly has a wonderful article, "Eating Disorders and the Executive Woman," running in Forbes Magazine. She describes the call to anorexia that many professional women answer by restricting to the point of endangering their health and way of life.  But she doesn't address the call to overeat or binge eat that creates overweight or obesity. 


The outrageous comment contains this excerpt:

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Food, Family and Order in Chaos - quiz at end

chaos_and_complexity_butterflyHere is a real family Sunday morning breakfast story that happened just a few hours ago. Please read it for fun and to see areas that could be problems or disasters or eating disorder triggers for you. See the quiz questions at the end.

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Commitment to Reality: I'm not immune to the challenge

dbf_d_reduced Here I am at the Decatur Book Festival .  I didn't know that  speaking and book signing would have such an impact on my equilibrium and sense of purpose.

A woman recently wrote that the concept of committing to reality, which I write about in Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder, came as a revelation to her. 

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Full Bulimia Episode Story in 5 parts: Caution could be Triggering Part 5

This story is my attempt to bring understanding to this painful, desperate and all too common experience in the life of a bulimic woman. It could be triggering.  I wrote this because articulating the extent of a bulimic episode in detail can help a woman know she can be understood and accepted. If she can feel known in her darkest hours she may experience a new sense of hope and reach for her recovery.


 Day 8 continued You quietly let yourself in to your apartment. You run water in the bathroom to hide sound. You throw up the doughnuts. Exhausted, you collapse on the bed, fully clothed, on top of the covers and pass out.

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