Friday, October 02, 2009

Interview with Dr. Katharine Loeb

Here's the latest in a series of video interviews with some of the top researchers in the field of eating disorders, done by Jane Cawley, co-chair of Maudsley Parents. This interview with Dr. Katharine Loeb of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine offers sound, practical advice for parents of teens with anorexia.

Anorexia Nervosa in Teens: What Parents Should Know from Jane Cawley on Vimeo.



Take a look. Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

A very interesting video. My daughter has anorexia, and I believe that we are blessed to have caught it very early on. Perhaps part of that is that we do have family meals together, so we were very aware of her changing behaviors. Still, she did lose 30 lbs, partly because I was always told not to make food an issue, to not be the food police. I believe we lucked into the Maudsley Method. My daughter's therapist pulled out the book, Help Your Teen Beat an Eating Disorder, though she had not read it herself, and had no experience with Maudsley. We're now working on refeeding her, which is no fun at all, but even though she has only gained 4 lbs so far, she looks SO much better, healthier, and is getting her sense of humor back.

Maudsley is a true blessing, I think. The feeling of helplessness and being shut out at the beginning of her treatment (with the first nutritionist we had) was horrible. It felt WRONG to sit by and watch our child starve herself. Or I should say, let the disease starve her. She is still very worried about having to gain weight, about being 'fat', all of that. I know the process takes time. But using this method, at least we don't feel so darned helpless.

BTW, I do not write about this on my blog. It's her business, not mine, and I wouldn't want one of her classmates to find information or something. My blog is not anonymous.