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Did you know?
The 5 Primary Contributors to Eating Disorders are:
Media (Television, billboards, etc.)
Trauma or various life changes
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What to do if you suspect someone with an eating disorder:
Set aside a time to talk to the person in a loving manner in a private and supportive environment
Explain to the person that you are worried about their health and that you have noticed changes in him or her that concern you. Be specific.
Do not use words that would define a person’s physical appearance. Stay away from words such as, “thin”, skinny”, “sickly”, “fat”, “fluffy”, “big” or any reference to certain body parts. Instead say, “I am afraid you are not eating in a healthy manner and that you may be doing permanent damage to your body. What can I do to help you?” Or, “While it may seem fine to you, to me it appears you are out of control and I am worried about you.”
Use “I” statements. Ex: “I am worried about your skipping meals” instead of, “You missed supper” and “You have to eat.”
Allow the person to respond to your comments and let them know that you are there to support them in any manner.
Suggest that this person visit a physician and offer to make the appointment as well as accompany them.
Suggest visits with a therapist and possibly explore the idea of a treatment center or program.
Do not be their food police or exercise monitors. This is not really about food and fitness. They need help with their feelings.
If the person does not respond, denies the problem, or refuses to seek help, go by yourself to get advice from a professional on what to do next. DO NOT WAIT!!! The possible consequences are too serious.
Focus Healthcare of Tennessee
A Center for Eating Disorders
Residential inpatient facility
7429 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga TN 37421
A Focus Center for Eating Disorders
A Knoxville Intensive Outpatient Program
Pamela C. Kelle, RD CDE LDN
1238 Hanover St., Chattanooga, TN 37405
Judy Herman, MA, MS, LPC-MHSP
400 E. Main St., Suite 140E
Dr. Audrey L Canaff
1711 Williams Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
423-267-4798 (home and office)
Erin Rayburn, LMFT, LPC-MHSP, NCC, EAGALA
Rock Bluff Equine Therapy
Rising Fawn, Georgia 30738
JAN F. SHERBAK, PSYD, CEDS
3097 BROAD STREET
CHATTANOOGA, TN 37408
423.752.5207 EXT. 10
CBI Counseling Center
1815 McCallie AvenueChattanooga, Tennessee 37404
Deborah Poteet-Johnson, M.D.- adolescent
3097 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
VISIT RESOURCE ROOM
Please visit The National Eating Disorder Association
Eating Disorder Anonymous Sunday – 6:00p.m- Call Focus for more information
Please visit Focus’ website for more information
Crisis Resource Center
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
1800 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 755-2700, Crisis Hotline
Services offered: Counseling and Support Services; Crisis and Emergency Services;
Education and Prevention Services; Specialized Support Services for Adult and Aged;
Family and Individual Counseling; Education and Prevention Services
Council for Alcohol and Drub Abuse Services
The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) opened its doors in 1975 to offer the highest quality treatment, prevention and educational services to the chemically dependent, their families and the community at large.