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  • The Truth About Celebrities and Eating Disorders

    By Rebecca Cooper

    July 25, 2014 | 9:02 am

    The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule...

  • The Truth About Binge Eating

    By Rebecca Cooper

    May 6, 2014 | 8:04 am

    A patient came to see me because she needed a heart operation. You may think that it is strange that someone would come to see a therapist because of a heart condition. She began explaining why she needed my help. Here is Sally’s story:

    “I have a very serious heart condition,”...

  • Secret Sufferings in Plain Sight

    By Rebecca Cooper

    June 25, 2013 | 11:07 am

    Amy Winehouse’s brother, Alex, reported to the Observer Magazine that he believes bulimia killed his sister.

    Although the family knew Amy suffered from an eating disorder since her early teens, Alex says no one talked about it. The Winehouse family is indicative of so many other...

  • Eating disorders: Still on the path to understanding

    June 15, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    For nearly 40 years, Sharon Pikus hid what she calls her “dirty little secret”: After an adolescent case of whooping cough caused her to vomit everything she ate, she turned the experience into a trick to lose weight. 

    “I was always a chubbette as a kid, so I said to myself,...

  • My anorexia: How I became a survivor

    June 15, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    About seven of us have gathered for group therapy in a large room scattered with chairs. A woman with frizzy red hair and a head that looks several sizes too big for her emaciated body sits across from me. Next to her, a statuesque blonde has a polished demeanor that belies the fact...