Author Archives: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

About Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Jacquelyn Ekern founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005, driven by a profound desire to help those struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. This passion resulted from her battle with, and recovery from, an eating disorder. As president, Jacquelyn manages Ekern Enterprises, Inc. and the Eating Disorder Hope website.

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Making Peace with Food: Silencing the Food Police

meal as part of eating disorder recovery meal plan Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope For many individuals who struggle with an eating disorder, there is often an abnormal and chaotic relationship with food.  This can be the result of many different things, as a person’s beliefs about foods develop from various experiences and circumstances. Chronic [...]
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How Do I Tell My Parents I Am Struggling With Binge Eating Disorder? 

Dad talking to Teenage daughter about pursuing treatment for anorexia Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope The struggle with Binge Eating Disorder can be a confusing and isolating battle.  Because there are many stigmas and misunderstandings about the disorder, there is often a cloud of shame and guilt associated with having an eating disorder. If you have [...]
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Living With a Roommate Who Has Binge Eating Disorder

Children binge eating and working to overcome Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Sharing a living space with a roommate comes with many pros and cons, and learning to adapt to another individual’s ways of living, behaviors and habits can be a challenging feat. What if your roommate has binge eating disorder? How might [...]
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Putting College on Hold to Receive Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder?

Teacher thinking Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope The decision to go to college is one that typically involves years of thought and preparation. If you have been considering college, you have likely put in a significant amount of time in researching programs, gathering admission materials, fulfilling prerequisites, and [...]
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Dieting and Binge Eating Disorder: When Attempting to Lose Weight Only Fuels Binge Eating Disorder

Mother in recovery with family Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Our society is saturated with countless diet fads: Low-carb High carb Low calorie Juice diets Tea detoxes Vegetables only Fruits only For any individual who may be attempting to lose weight, the plethora of information that is available is confusing and [...]
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How Do I Tell My Spouse I Am Struggling With Binge Eating Disorder?

Spouse holding hands on beach Binge eating disorder is a severe mental illness that can result in a host of complications if not dealt with appropriately. Unfortunately, due to the shame and stigma associated with binge eating disorder and eating disorders in general, it can be difficult to be open and honest about the struggles that come with binge eating [...]
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The Role of a Dietitian in Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Doctor speaking with patient Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Because binge eating disorder is a complex mental illness that affects a person in multiple ways, treatment approaches should be collaborative and involve the effort of multiple eating disorder specialists. The professionals who typically make up a treatment team may include: [...]
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OSFED and College Students

College students coping Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope Thanks to the advancements in the field of eating disorders, there is now more information on these devastating mental illnesses that impact countless of individuals. The main types of eating disorders that are commonly known include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and [...]
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