Melissa Gerson

Challenging Obesity Myths

Challenging Obesity Myths

Unfortunately, for those living in larger bodies, size-related discrimination and bullying can be an everyday occurrence.  The pervasive negative judgement so many experience is in part fueled by our society’s obsession with thinness, typically seen as synonymous with...

Columbus Park Outcomes 2018

Columbus Park Outcomes 2018

2018 was a remarkable year for Columbus Park.  We’d like to share results pulled from our outcomes database to give you a sense of our hard work last year. Columbus Park was ranked #1 out of 98 other feedback-informed outpatient behavioral health treatment centers. As...

Food My Frenemy: Response

Food My Frenemy: Response

With a heavy heart, I read a recent New York Times piece called “Food My Frenemy” by Jen Gunter. In the piece, Ms. Gunter shares her agonizing struggle with a lifetime of binge eating – and the self-loathing and shame that can come along with it. She also references her ongoing battle with weight management in the shadow of her binge eating disorder.

Challenges of Recovery in Ballet Culture

Challenges of Recovery in Ballet Culture

It’s no secret that ballet culture celebrates a long, lean figure. The pressure on ballet dancers to maintain this aesthetic is constant and for many can lead to battling food/body struggles throughout ones’ career.

The Dangers of Weight Bias

The Dangers of Weight Bias

The effects of weight stigma include poor body image, low self-esteem, binge eating, extreme weight control measures, and psychological problems such as depression and eating disorders. Those who experience bullying as a result of weight bias are likely to experience one or more of these issues.

Columbus Park Latest Patient Outcomes Update

Columbus Park Latest Patient Outcomes Update

Tracking and reviewing Columbus Park patient progress and treatment outcomes is a central aspect of my role as Clinical Director of Columbus Park. It can be an especially gratifying practice since snapshots from our data collection give us a chance to see concretely,...

National Recovery Month: A Review

National Recovery Month: A Review

National Recovery Month is the perfect time to stand with our colleagues advocating for recovery. Every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) dedicates September to increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance...

For Providers: Suicide Risk Assessment

For Providers: Suicide Risk Assessment

For Providers: Suicide Risk Assessment As we wind down September’s suicide prevention month, it’s a good time for those of us who treat eating disorders and other mental health conditions to evaluate our own suicide assessment skills and remind ourselves to be on the...