Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, October 14, 2011 Page: 13 of 48
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• Cedar Springs Austin
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Austin, Texas 78746
• Eating Disorder Program
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
8200 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75231
• The Renfrew Center
9400 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 150
Dallas, Texas 75231
• National Eating Disorders Association
EATING DISORDERS, From Previous Page
supporting recovery for their partner as they are
a vital to the therapeutic process."
Often, the individual struggling with an eating
disorder won't reach out for help on their own,
leaving it up to family and friends to intervene.
Lara Pence, Psy.D. M.B.A., site director for The
Renfrew Center in Dallas, says the question she
is most often asked is how to approach a loved
one who needs help with an eating disorder.
Pence says, "I think that is what really Is im-
portant is that you approach the person out of
concern and support [instead of] judgment. So
often when someone has an eating disorder, they
are not interested in hearing about what is wrong
with them, but rather they need to know that
someone is going to be there for them."
Pence says that those trying to help a loved one
with an eating disorder "tend to want to ap-
proach someone with the evidence of behaviors
that they have used, like, 'I have seen you do this.'
"But people are very protective of their eating
disorder and that approach doesn't go: very
well," she continues. "So it is more effective to ap-
proach the individual from the angle by saying
something like, 'I noticed that you feel sad tome,'
or 'I have noticed that you aren't yourself.'"
Pence says, she believes that "the common
thread in the gay community is that you meet a
lot of people that are having an identity crisis and
the struggle with coming out as gay, which al-
though different, is similar to straight women
with an eating disorder who aren't comfortable
with who they are."
So a variety of issues come into play in treating
eating disorders, especially among men. It is not
an easy process.
But life is designed to be lived in full color, not
in the black-and-ewhite world created by an eat-
So if you or someone that you know is strug-
gling, love yourself or your partner enough to
find recovery. Take the first step and reach out for
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