Melissa Gerson

I Feel Fat

I Feel Fat

We call it the “anorexic wish:" the desire to recover from the cognitive symptoms of anorexia (like the obsessive thoughts about food and the body and weight preoccupation) without having to gain weight. Anorexia is tricky to treat since so much about the condition...

Anorexia and Evolution

Anorexia and Evolution

Findings suggest that anorexia nervosa may be related to a biological adaptation that thousands of years ago helped migrating populations find food.

Why Outcomes Informed Care Matters

Why Outcomes Informed Care Matters

So what does Outcomes Informed Care mean exactly? At Columbus Park, we believe in the power of constantly engaging in regular treatment reviews with our clients to ensure that we are offering the highest level of care possible.

What Is Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders?

What Is Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders?

Consistently, the research on eating disorders highlights that treatment should be offered in the very least restrictive setting possible to effectively address the condition. [i] The outpatient setting (treatment in one’s real-life environment) is the least...

Advances in Eating Disorder Treatment

Advances in Eating Disorder Treatment

Over the last few decades, science has come a long way.  As a result, we've seen advances in effective interventions for eating disorders.  While there is still much we don’t know, we've learned a lot about how and why eating disorders develop and how to treat them...

News: Ruling Against UBH Mental Health Discrimination

News: Ruling Against UBH Mental Health Discrimination

On February 26, 2019, the United States District Court released a ruling that United Behavioral Health (UBH/Optum), our country’s largest managed behavioral health care organization, maintained internal policies designed to save money by discriminating against...

Come As You Are

Come As You Are

Come As You Are... in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 1, 2019 It may mean coming to treatment even when you don’t feel ready or even willing…. It may mean coming to treatment when you’ve tried treatment...

CP Research Corner: childhood BMI as a risk factor

CP Research Corner: childhood BMI as a risk factor

Persistent, significantly low or high body weight in children found to be linked to increased risk of eating disorders later on. A study published in the February 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that...