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  • Do you feel like you'll never have a normal relationship with food and your body?     

  • Are having trouble finding eating disorder treatment or a qualified eating disorder therapist in your town?

  • Have you tried other doctors and therapists for eating disorder counseling who either didn't understand your eating issues, or worse, blamed you for them? 

  • Do you worry constantly about food, weight and calories? 

  • Do you avoid relationships and isolate yourself because of food and weight? 

  • Has someone you care about told you she makes herself throw up and you don't know how to help?

  • Do you hate your body and have trouble socially or in your love relationships as a result? 

 

If you have found this website, you or someone you love has probably been living with a secret. Whether you have been living with it for a few weeks or for many, many years, it has probably become a burden you (or they) can no longer bear. An eating disorder is a secret that steals your life, kidnaps you from your family and loved ones, and replaces your personality with an ongoing obsession.

This may be the first time you are trying to find help; or maybe you have tried many times before but nothing has worked. You may be searching for treatment for yourself, or for someone you love – your daughter or son, your parent, your spouse, a close relative, a friend. You are probably feeling overwhelmed and confused by the many different options for treatment or frustrated by being unable to find treatment that works.

 

What you know is that you want to stop, but you don’t know how.

 

 

My name is Lori Osachy, MSS, LCSW, and I want to live in a world that is free from diet culture, body image obsession, and eating disorders. My advice is regularly featured in print news, radio and television, and I have been helping people recover from eating problems for over twenty years.

Don't suffer for one minute longer!

Call me personally at 904-737-3232 or email me at [email protected] and I will be in touch right away.
 
 
 
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How Do I Know If My Teenager Has An Eating Disorder? 
Eating disorders are a growing and alarming problem among teenage girls.  Girls may chronically overeat, or at the opposite extreme, may starve themselves in an effort to look thin.  When a person diets to the point of losing 25% or more of her normal body weight, she is suffering from a condition called anorexia nervosa.  Another common disorder, bulimia nervosa, involves a destructive cycle of binging and purging, either by vomiting or with the abuse of laxatives or diuretics.
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Help for Eating Disorders

Do you feel like you'll never have a normal relationship with food and your body?   Are having trouble finding eating disorder treatment or a qualified eating disorder therapist in your town? Have you tried other doctors and therapists for eating disorder counseling who either didn't understand your eating issues, or worse, blamed you for them? read more...

 
Do I need to go to the hospital for eating disorders treatment?
Should you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment for an eating disorder? Eating disorders are not like other mental health issues people face, such as depression or anxiety, which can often be remedied by once-a-week visits to a qualified and empathic therapist. read more...


 
Why can’t I just stop bingeing, purging and emotionally eating?
Have you ever tried to “just stop” starving, bingeing or purging “cold turkey” out of frustration and despair?  Here are some of the things people say to themselves when their eating disorder gets really bad: “This is the last time I’m going to make myself throw up” read more...

 
Are There Really Good and Bad Foods?
Here is a question I saw in an eating disorder chat room the other day that I think speaks for so many people who are suffering in silence with eating problems, weight and body shame: “I seem to go in a cycle of being healthy, where I feel really good about myself, and then I suddenly go to the other extreme of binging on foods that are bad for me. read more...
 
IN THE FIELD WITH LORI OSACHY, MSS LCSW, EATING DISORDER SPECIALIST
Thanks so much to Skyler Williams from Tiffin University who interviewed me about my work with eating disorders a few months ago. I’m reposting our interview here with her permission. I hope it will help all of you to know me better, and why I am so passionate about my job! read more...
 
 
Are you trying to make it through college with an eating disorder?
Many college students have untreated eating disorders before they leave for college, and they leave home without fully planning ahead. They may be recovering from an eating disorder but can’t adequately handle the stresses at college without relapse. read more...
 

 
How to love your pregnant body
Pregnancy is certainly one of the most challenging experiences of a woman’s life. It brings about so many changes: emotional, financial and social just to name a few. One of the most obvious, however, are the changes in a pregnant woman’s body and how she feels about those changes. read more...
 

 
What does losing my dogs have to do with eating disorder recovery?
Don't let your despair win. When you're in the depths of despair you might feel there's no hope, no-one can help, what's the point? Well that's not true – it's just your despair talking. read more...
 


 
Eating disorder, Not just a teen girl problem
I thought it would be powerful to highlight just a few of the groups of people who suffer from eating and body image disorders that we rarely hear about. In the media, the most common stories on eating disorders often sensationalize anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating in young, white women (usually celebrities). read more...
 
Don't diet, get ANGRY!
Today I'm pretty mad. I saw a story on Good Morning America yesterday on a married couple whose job is to scout for potential supermodels. Do I care what these folks do for a living? Not really, it IS a free country after all. It's what happens after they find their supermodel progeny that makes my blood boil. read more...
 
Is an eating disorder the real problem, or just a symptom?
There are so many people who live a secret life, and sometimes a secret lifetime, battling an eating disorder. The physical, emotional and spiritual problems that manifest with eating disorders are so powerful and all-encompassing that it can be easy to believe that these are the primary symptoms that must be overcome. read more...

Do eating disorder therapists REALLY know what they're doing?
The last few days I have been reading some of the comments posted in eating disorder online support groups, and there seems to be a lot of negative thinking and despair about the ability of therapists to be able to truly help people with eating disorders. read more...

 

Should your inner circle be your outer circle?
In my work with helping individuals with eating disorders I have learned that negative thoughts and poor boundary setting are two of the most dangerous enemies of full recovery. read more...


 

Did you know this deadly myth about eating disorders?
I receive this question all the time from parents and loved ones of people with eating disorders. Please know that it is a DEADLY MYTH that someone can’t have an eating disorder if they seem to be of normal weight. read more...
 

Do “Fat Feelings” bother you day and night?
I’ve worked with hundreds of men, women and children with eating disorders over the past twenty years, and I can tell you that without a doubt, fat feelings and body image distortion are even more difficult to get rid of than the actual eating disorder symptoms (such as purging, compulsive exercise, dangerous weight loss, and laxative abuse). read more...

The 6 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Trying To Help Someone With An Eating Disorder
Even though I truly love being a therapist, one thing about my job that is very difficult is receiving the weekly calls from parents and loved ones of people with eating disorders who ask the same heart-breaking question: read more...

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How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Can Help You Rapidly Recover from an Eating Disorder
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), my main focus is to increase socially appropriate, healthy behaviors, and decrease unhealthy, dangerous behaviors. With regard to eating disorders, I will help you to increase healthy behaviors in your life such as: read more...
 

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Does the man in your life have an eating disorder?
Over the years I have been treating more and more boys and men for eating disorders. Do you know that for a long time it was believed that men do not get eating disorders? For that reason, all treatment was focused on women, basically excluding the needs of men.  read more...
 

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What would your life look like if you were totally free of your eating disorder?
Think about it for a minute. I bet you haven't asked yourself that question very much, or maybe never at all. Why do I know this? Because most people with eating disorders live with them in secret, as well as the false belief that they can never fully recover. read more...

 

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When It Comes to Friends, Lovers, and Eating Disorders, Are You Listening to Your Alarm?
If you have an eating disorder and you’re having trouble approaching people, you may have turned off your “alarm”. Our body is like a house. When we’re born, we all have a natural “alarm system” built into our house that tells us when we’re in danger, and when it’s safe. read more...
 

Do You Know About This Hidden College Epidemic?
Do you know about this hidden college epidemic: substance abuse and eating disorders? An excerpt from my new book brings it to light. Do you know there has been a dramatic increase in marijuana use on college campuses, even in states where it’s not legal? read more...
 

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Don’t Be The One-Legged Woman In a Wheelchair
Today’s tip on eating disorder recovery is to think about your deathbed and how you want to look back on your life. This is serious but we have to bring out the big guns to battle negative body image and eating disorders, right? read more...
 

Do You Have to Live With an Eating Disorder for the Rest of Your Life?
A common and harmful misconception about eating disorders is that you have to live with them in some form for the rest of your life, and just hope you can successfully manage the symptoms. Having an eating disorder is not a natural state. It’s a faulty coping mechanism. read more...

 

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Are You Terrified To Be Alone?
Did you know that learning how to be alone is one of the most important steps in eating disorder recovery? Why? It’s essential to learn the difference between aloneness and loneliness. Loneliness is a very normal emotion; sometimes we pine for other people, and we do need community in order to be emotionally (and physically!) healthy. read more...

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Why You Need Professional Help To Get Better From an Eating Disorder
Many people with eating disorders wonder if professional treatment is absolutely necessary for them to get well. Eating disorders are mysterious to the average person, and individuals often lack full understanding of this complex and dangerous problem. read more...

 

3 Powerful Ways To Keep Up Healthy Exercise During the Holidays
Around this time of year, starting in October, I hear about two main fears that overwhelm most of my clients with eating disorders: 1. I’ll eat too much (or not enough) food over the holidays, going back to my eating disordered behaviors 2. I’ll either over-exercise to deal with the stress, or not exercise enough. read more...

4 Ways to De-Stress During the Holidays
The holidays are here and along with cheer, parties and gift exchanges, they can bring a lot of stress. Many people suffer from stress during the holiday season and if you are one of them don’t feel bad about not enjoying every moment of the season. read more...

 

Mini-Tip #6 to help heal negative body image
6. Determine if you eat for reasons other than hunger or enjoyment. read more...
 

 

Mini-Tip #5 to help heal negative body image
5. Stop Dieting read more...
 

 

Mini-Tip #4 to help heal negative body image
4. Buy clothes that fit your body comfortably and express your personality. read more...
 


 

Mini-Tip #3 to help heal negative body image
3. Create an inspiration board. read more...
 

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