Dear followers,

pro-recovery:

Pro-Recovery has been running since August 2010. It has reached the hearts of 1907 followers to date, and we are forever grateful for all of your dedication toward recovery. 

This decision has been very difficult for both of us. We have invested invaluable time, thought, and love into this blog. However, it is time to move forward. 

We are both humans, one of which is eating disordered. We want to help you as much as we can, but our efforts can only go so far. Pro-Recovery is a blog amidst our lives, and for me personally, my recovery. 

Our followers have came to us over the past one and a half odd years with their personal stories of their ups, but more so, their downs. Some followers have been with us from the very start, and we have actually gotten to know many of you. We answer over a dozen messages every day in our attempts to personalize each individual question to be specific to your road to recovery. We truly want to give all of you our undivided attention, but unfortunately that is not possible. There is only so much we can do as teenage girls behind a computer screen with limited time in our day to invest in all of you. 

With that said, we will be closing this blog. It will remain open with the ask box for a few days. That way, you all can exchange information with each other, and to get the news around.

The blog will not be deleted, however. We have created a separate account that will only have Pro-Recovery on it. It will be inactive, but the archive of past posts will remain. Most, if not all, of the questions you all may have have been answered on here in the past. 

We both wish there was more we could do for all of you. But when it comes down to it, the best advice we can give you is to seek help. It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent as an eating disordered individual, it is a mental disorder that requires adequate treatment. Get support. Get help. 

We love you all so much and wish you the absolute best in your journey to recovery. Never give up. Recovery is possible.

Love always,
Victoria and Arissa



what if you gave the blog to someone else? it's sad that you're going to be inactive. ddestinationhappiness

Unfortunately, Victoria and I both feel a connection with this blog, and we wouldn’t feel right giving it away so easily after we worked incredibly hard to bring it to the position that it is at today. 

We are so sorry.



Dear followers,

Pro-Recovery has been running since August 2010. It has reached the hearts of 1907 followers to date, and we are forever grateful for all of your dedication toward recovery. 

This decision has been very difficult for both of us. We have invested invaluable time, thought, and love into this blog. However, it is time to move forward. 

We are both humans, one of which is eating disordered. We want to help you as much as we can, but our efforts can only go so far. Pro-Recovery is a blog amidst our lives, and for me personally, my recovery. 

Our followers have came to us over the past one and a half odd years with their personal stories of their ups, but more so, their downs. Some followers have been with us from the very start, and we have actually gotten to know many of you. We answer over a dozen messages every day in our attempts to personalize each individual question to be specific to your road to recovery. We truly want to give all of you our undivided attention, but unfortunately that is not possible. There is only so much we can do as teenage girls behind a computer screen with limited time in our day to invest in all of you. 

With that said, we will be closing this blog. It will remain open with the ask box for a few days. That way, you all can exchange information with each other, and to get the news around.

The blog will not be deleted, however. We have created a separate account that will only have Pro-Recovery on it. It will be inactive, but the archive of past posts will remain. Most, if not all, of the questions you all may have have been answered on here in the past. 

We both wish there was more we could do for all of you. But when it comes down to it, the best advice we can give you is to seek help. It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent as an eating disordered individual, it is a mental disorder that requires adequate treatment. Get support. Get help. 

We love you all so much and wish you the absolute best in your journey to recovery. Never give up. Recovery is possible.

Love always,
Victoria and Arissa



Loneliness and eating disorders

This article examines the link between loneliness and eating disorders. This concept is evaluated through a systematic review of the literature that links loneliness and eating disorders and through a survey of themes connecting the 2 conditions. Eating disorders-including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders that are not otherwise specified, which include binge eating disorder-are challenging health issues. Each of these diagnoses specifically relates to loneliness. This negative emotion contributes to and fuels eating disorder symptoms. Negative interpersonal relationships, both real experiences and individuals’ skewed perceptions, exacerbate eating disorders and feelings of loneliness. Characteristics that have been associated with loneliness clearly relate to eating disorders. Understanding this relationship is vital, so that we can appreciate our patients’ struggles and work to target these intense emotions within the treatment setting. We need to be aware of the power of loneliness as it applies to individuals in general and specifically to those struggling with disordered eating.

(Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)



After i began my recovery almost 2 years ago ive had one health problem after another, ive spent much more time in hospital now recovering at a healthy weight than when i was active in my ed and underweight. Its just so discouraging, makes me think that maybe my body doesnt know how to handle eating normally. A little voice is whispers that everthing would go back to good if i was sick :( — Anonymous

After having suffered from an ED, it is usual that you will have health complications. However, you must know that if you persevere through them, and keep your hopes up, you will one day be incredibly healthy and happy.

Sinking back into your eating disorder is not the answer, it would just make things worse for you in the long run.

Keep going strong and everything will be alright :)



In response to daisychainrecovery, I felt like what she had to say was very powerful... You look at the current statistics and you think, wow, 1 in 10 girls has an eating disorder? But you have to realize, those numbers are taken by girls who have ADMITTED to having an EATING DISORDER! Think of all us sufferers who keep this demon a secret, who can't even admit to themselves that they are already sucked deep in. Think about that, and the statistics might as well be a joke. Scary, huh? ): smackedscientist



When would you say bulimia is considered severe? Ive been bulimic for about 5 years and i purge around 7-10 times a day. My psychiatrist said that I wasn't the worst of his patients but I also wasn't the best. I feel like he was saying I'm not that sick so I'm just wondering if I really do have a problem or I'm not as bad as I think. — Anonymous

Any eating disorder is severe. You have a problem, and it’s important it gets treated.



There are more hospitalizations because people are more aware despite eating disorders still don't have the recognition it needs. I don't know why people are surprised how many sufferers are. The number is merely the tip of the iceburg. thawingdaisy-deactivated2014022



What’s Behind the Dramatic Rise in Childhood Eating Disorder Hospitalizations?

One shocking recent statistic, released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in fall 2010, is that from 1999 to 2006, hospitalizations for eating disorders increased sharply - 119% - for children younger than 12 years old. The academy also noted significant increases in prevalence of eating disorders among minorities and males.

I spoke to Ovidio Bermudez, MD, medical director of child and adolescent services at Denver’s Eating Recovery Center and a board member of The National Eating Disorders Association(NEDA). The 119 percent rise in hospitalizations for such young children, Dr. Bermudez said, is “likely to be a good proxy for a rise in incidence,” meaning that as incredible as it sounds, it probably accurately reflects the increase in the number of kids under 12 who are suffering from eating disorders, especially, as Dr. Bermudez points out, when you consider how carefully third-party reimbursing organizations scrutinize hospital stays, and how reluctant they are to okay them.

The reasons for this scary rise in children’s hospitalizations, says Dr. Bermudez, are complex, the result of a variety of forces that have created a “perfect storm very likely related to changes in the environment and changes in people’s experience.”

Here’s how Dr. Bermudez believes this “perfect storm” has taken shape: Imagine that we can divide children our society into two groups, one that is genetically protected from eating disorders (meaning they have no family history of them), and another that is “genetically vulnerable” (meaning there is a family history of such disorders). Suppose a child in the latter group grows up in a “protective environment,” let’s say where there is no dieting peer group, no obsession with fashion and popular culture, or perhaps no obsessively dieting parents. Such a child is not likely to develop an eating disorder. “If that environment is altered and becomes a ‘promotive environment,’” explains Dr. Bermudez, “even someone who is more genetically protected” might be affected. The child who is really going to be adversely affected, though, and who is most likely to develop an eating disorder is the genetically vulnerable child exposed to the promotive environment.

Dr. Bermudez speculates that what we’re seeing now is a cultural shift from a “protected” environment to a “promotive” environment and notes, “in a lot of ways we’re seeing the same thing in other areas: childhood obesity, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. My sense is that we are changing, the earth is supporting seven billion of us and that brings all kinds of added challenges, not only from a physical, and environment standpoint, but from an emotional and socio-cultural point of view.”

Dr. Bermudez cited 2010 findings from the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America, survey, which found that the number one stressor on families is their financial situations, and that nearly half of all children reported feeling saddened or worried about family problems. He calls it “stress by proxy,” meaning that kids “are not living the financial difficulties to the extent that their parents are, “but they were picking up the stress because we don’t live in isolation.” He adds, “the world in general, is becoming a more stressful place to grow up, in. Everyone has access to mass media and there are things being promoted that aren’t healthy, about body image, fitness, about the tolerance of violence…..and we know that exposure matters.”

In addition to be bombarded by potentially triggering mass media messages, kids face other challenges: “social competition, pressure to perform, to be multitalented, and engaged in so many things,” adds Dr. Bermudez. The pace of change and the level of tension in our society, he believes, are creating a culture that’s very difficult for our kids to get a stake in.” The message: “If you’re not a super go-getter, you may not make it,” and not everybody takes that message well.

So what can parents do? “First of all,” says Dr. Bermudez, “alleviate stress for yourself, and for your family. Maybe you do with less: work two jobs instead of three, and take care of yourself in appropriate ways.” (The American Psychological Association Stress in America report notes that managing stress levels, eating right, and getting enough sleep and exercise are key.)

Another thing: “Without kind of pushing your kid outside of the space within the bell curve, you want your kid to skew toward the side of less intensity, and fewer expectations of immediate performance.” When he speaks, Dr. Bermudez tells audiences, “I’m so grateful that a good chunk of my childhood was in Cuba, playing in the streets and flying kites…I didn’t take any lessons…now kids take everything, and if they’re not doing that, they’re out of the mix.”Instead of trying to cram in sports, arts, academic and enrichment programs all at once, Dr. Bermudez suggests rotating them “rather than all of them all the time at all costs.”

Another way you can help counteract an increasingly “promotive” environment is to, as Marcia and I advise in our book, model healthy attitudes and behaviors when it comes to food, eating, shape and size, and make exercise an enjoyable and regular part of your lives.

(Source: psychologytoday.com)



hey I've been in recovery for bulimia and have gained a considerable amount of weight but I recently have begun restricting and then purging but not binging. Now when I try to follow my meal plan I become extremely nauseous. So bad sometimes that I have to run to the bathroom because the food just comes back up. Do you have any clue what this could be from? — Anonymous

Your body may be rejecting the food, but the best way to normalize yourself with food is to eat normally. You need to get back on a recovery meal plan with absolutely no restricting or purging.