Health & Development
The Emily Program Comes to Seattle
It is estimated that more than 75,000 adolescents (10 to 17 years old) in Washington are struggling with food and body image -- more than 70 percent of them female. Many of these teens should be treated for an eating disorder, experts say
This month Seattle welcomed one more treatment option for teens struggling with serious food issues.
The Emily Program, which provides personalized treatment for eating disorders, was founded in Minnesota's 1993 by psychologist Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P. Miller launched the program after starting the first hospital-based eating disorders treatment program at South Bend General Hospital in Indiana, working with the University of Minnesota’s intensive bulimia program. The program currently has seven locations in Minnesota. Dr. Miller named The Emily Program after his sister Emily who recovered from an eating disorder.
The new Seattle location will work with clients on an outpatient basis -- a unique marker of program since it's inception in Minnesota.
“We didn’t start as an inpatient program and develop outpatient services to support that model.” he says. “The reason is pretty simple: most change occurs as an outpatient. We live our lives as ‘outpatients’. Ultimately we must apply what’s learned to a life of recovery that we live outside the treatment program.”
The Seattle program is located 1700 Westlake Ave. N. where services include individual therapy, group therapy, family-based therapy, intensive outpatient program, nutritional evaluation and counseling, and eating disorders education for professionals and communities.
To learn more about the program, call 206-283-2220 or visit www.emilyprogram.com.
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Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?
The seven question Self Scoring Tool for family or friends may help you determine whether you should seek professional help for a child:
- Does it seem to you that your loved one has lost control over how she or he eats?
- Does your loved one ever make him/herself sick because they feel uncomfortably full?
- Does your loved one believe she/he is fat, even when others say she/he is too thin?
- Do food and/or thoughts about food dominate your loved one’s life?
- Do thoughts about changing his/her body or weight dominate your loved one’s life?
- Are shared meals difficult because of your loved one’s eating behavior or comments about food, eating, or body image?
- Are you or others worried about your loved one’s weight?
In this informal survey, 2 or more "yes" answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. (Adapted from the Scoff Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.)
Organizations Serving Those with Eating Disorders