Questions asked of us
Can you recommend any practitioners to help with my recovery?
Support Links provide various organizations and associations in different countries that are hopefully a good starting point for finding appropriate care for your needs. In all likelihood you will simply have to shop around.
There have been community members who have happened upon very receptive doctors and dieticians to help them apply the Homeodynamic Recovery Method (HDRM) guidelines to achieve complete remission from an eating disorder. There have been many more community members who have had very resistant health care providers, although all of them are unable to provide the patient with evidence-based reasons for their reticence.
We are currently working on a health care provider approved list.
Have you personally had an eating disorder?
The answer is no.
Did I try diets as a teenager? Of course, because I grew up in a fat-obsessed culture just like most of you.
The only difference between me and most of the folks visiting here is that I just happened not to have a genetic predisposition to develop harmful eating behaviors once I attempted to restrict calories. That's luck.
There are extremely successful and powerful women out there in the world who will tell you that their greatest achievement was losing weight (albeit not permanent weight loss). How on earth can we find a space for being more than two or three numbers on a scale when we are bombarded with that being the sum total of our value?
For some of you, it will be important to seek support from those who specifically have the same chronic condition as you, for others you might want the perspective of those who live completely outside that reality.
What are your credentials?
We get this a lot. There is a reason why we don't go into the stripes, badges and certificates and it is that they are absolutely and completely irrelevant to anyone in relation to seeking any information in an online setting.
Credentials don't confirm competence or skill. Credentials are designed to ensure you have legal recourse when seeking health care guidance within a geographically-limited area. Therefore credentials that are much touted in online settings are disingenuous and misleading.
The upshot is that you, along with your family and in-person health care providers, need to review the material on this site and then make determinations on how you wish to proceed with your recovery efforts.