Eating Disorder Doctors: Eating Disorder Doctor’s Personal Story

Hi All –

I am a medical doctor with a great interest in all aspects of women’s health. I also have a very special interest in eating disorders. As an ex sufferer (Yes doctors are not immune to eating disorders) I have a strong affiliation to anyone suffering from these conditions and want to help as many sufferers as I can beat these afflictions.

When I was an anorexic- bulimic sufferer in my teens I did not think I had a problem, I wanted to look better: or should I say the perception of looking better that was all in my mind.

It was only when I went into medical school that I started to realize what I was doing was not correct.

I started to look for help from my professors at University who did try to help, but they only knew the conventional treatment methods, counseling, group therapy,
Anti depressants: but none of these worked on me. So I simply developed my own program and cured myself with the help of my partner at that time.

I then forgot about it and concentrated on my studies and being a doctor. Do you know that I never ever told anyone about my previous eating disorder? I was so embarrassed to think that me a doctor who the general public came to for help, had herself been under the yoke of this insidious condition: I hid it for years. After all I had my credibility to think of, how could I let them know I am mortal.

This all changed when a friend came to me about her daughter Amy who I knew was anorexic- bulimic. Karen told me the full story about how she dealt with Amy and how she cured her of the disorder.

To my amazement it was very similar to what I had done all those years earlier. The difference was that Karen had been much more diligent than me and actually wrote everything she did in a diary.

Her program is a complete step by step program on how to beat an eating disorder at home with the help of a loved one and no outside professional help.
We have now combined our information to include self help for people who have no one to help them or have a part time helper.

It is an amazing program as it covers everything you need to do and it is working so well people contact us everyday to thank us for saving their or loved one from the grip of anorexia- bulimia.

And yes! You may have noticed that I am not scared to talk about my eating disorder, thanks to the courage of Karen and my husband William who is a social anthropologist. These people have shown me that I have something to contribute and I should not be afraid to share.

Dr Irina Webster MD is the Director of Women Health Issues Program which covers different areas of Women Health. She is a recognised athority in the eating disorders area. She is an author of many books and a public speaker.

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Treatment TEAM – Eating Disorder Video #3 – Treatment Team – Eating Disorder Video #3 This video describes the health care providers that you may need to get involved in your treatment and recovery. I discuss the need for your primary care doctor, dentist, psychiatrist, therapist, and dietician to know about your eating disorder to better help you. In order to create a healthy mind and healthy body it is important to enlist these professionals in your recovery from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating eating disorder. Due to the whole body being effected by an eating disorder you will need to have various specialists to help you return to a healthy body. I have seen these disorders leave clients with osteoporosis, osteopenia, tooth decay, loss of reproductive ability, thyroid issues, and many others. Therefore I feel it is imperative that we have many people involved in our recovery so that the various part of our body and mind are well cared for. It is my hope that leveraging social media whether it is YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn can help me reach more people and spread the word about eating disorders and how destructive they can be to the people who suffer from them as well as those closest to them. TRANSCRIPTION: As described by Wikipedia: Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia


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