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Through advocacy work, community and professional events, and media outreach, Veritas is helping to bring cutting-edge research, best-practice care, and scientifically backed information into the national eating disorder conversation. Here in our blog you can learn about the work we and others are doing to advance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. You’ll also find interesting articles and helpful insights that can support you or a loved one on the journey to lasting recovery. We want to hear your story. Email us ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

November 1, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Selects Industry Expert Rollyn Ornstein, MD as Medical Director

Veritas Collaborative, a national healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, announced Rollyn M. Ornstein, MD as the new medical director of its Child & Adolescent Hospital in Durham, N.C.

October 30, 2019

We Are Brave

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to share my story as a caregiver at the Veritas Collaborative community event in Atlanta, GA.

During the question and answer, a parent of a child with an eating disorder shared their experience – mentioning several times how scared they were and how they wished they were “brave like me”.

October 16, 2019

Episode 19: Rachel’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. On today’s episode, we talk to Rachel Moe. Rachel has struggled with anorexia, bulimia, exercise addiction, and substance use disorder. Now a registered nurse, Rachel leads an eating disorders anonymous meeting in Duluth, Minnesota. 

October 11, 2019

Managing Seasonal Change in Eating Disorder Recovery

Although in many parts of the country it still feels like summer, fall has officially begun! While many people look forward to the fall season, the seasonal change and the season itself can cause an increase in stressors for individuals who are in recovery from an eating disorder.

Here are five important tips to help you effectively navigate the seasonal change in recovery.

October 1, 2019

Caregiver Self-Care: Taking Care of You

This is written by the parent of a child with an eating disorder. The author walked with his child through treatment at Veritas Collaborative and is now on a mission to give a voice – and an honest perspective – to eating disorder recovery. 

September 30, 2019

Episode 18: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Episode description:

Ancel Keys’ Minnesota Starvation Experiment was a 1944-1945 study where 36 men voluntarily starved themselves to aid researchers in discovering ways to help those affected by the war recover from starvation. While the study shed light on starvation recovery, it also became an important study in the eating disorder field. Susan Swigart, an Emily Program psychiatrist, explains why.

September 18, 2019

Episode 17: Abbie’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. On today’s episode, we talk to Abbie Scott. Abbie suffered from an eating disorder during her youth, continued on to pursue recovery, and now helps others who have struggled in her career as a registered dietitian.

September 11, 2019

A Light in the Darkness – How You Can Play a Role in Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and now more than ever, we need to examine how we can each play a role in decreasing suicide rates in the United States and beyond.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and on average, 129 individuals die by suicide each day. Individuals diagnosed with eating disorders are particularly vulnerable, with suicide rates for this population up to 31 times more than the suicide rate for the general population.

September 2, 2019

Episode 16: What is Healthy Activity?

Episode description:

Exercise in eating disorder recovery is a hotly disputed topic. What type of activity is positive? When does activity become disordered? Is there a place for intense exercise in recovery? The Emily Program’s Director of Nutrition, Shena Washburn, joins Peace Meal to answer these questions and more.

August 21, 2019

Episode 15: Hannah’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. On today’s episode, we talk to Hannah Johnson. Hannah developed anorexia during high school and found that it was exacerbated by society and stress. Hannah shares her recovery story and words of wisdom to those currently in treatment.

August 20, 2019

Recovery Isn’t A Straight Line

Recently my daughter has had some setbacks in her recovery.

This is normal. Very normal.

August 5, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Hosts Charlotte Grand Opening

Charlotte’s first medically integrated, gender-diverse eating disorder center creates access to care.

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrated the grand opening of its Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Center in Charlotte, N.C. The center celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by center tours and a celebration with community dignitaries, members of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, the Veritas Collaborative executive team, and its multidisciplinary staff.

August 5, 2019

Episode 14: Eating Disorders Aren’t Just a Thin White Woman’s Disease

Episode description:

Eating disorders affect everyone. Unfortunately, one major eating disorder stereotype is that the illnesses only affect thin, white women, leaving men, nonbinary folx, and BIPOC on the outskirts of the conversation. To discuss this stereotype, the reality, and what we can do to work against the incorrect assumptions around eating disorders, we talk to Emily Program therapist Jamila Helstrom.

July 25, 2019

Weight Bias in Schools

In the medical field, as well as in life, things are not always either black or white, but rather various shades of gray. In the past, providers have used growth charts, family history, and pubertal status to review development, growth spurts, pubertal status. In the early 1990’s Body Mass Index (BMI) became a new determinant of health yet BMI alone, without looking at growth patterns and growth spurts are not indicative of health: just as weight alone does not indicate or refute evidence of an eating disorder.

July 23, 2019

The First Step to Recovery

It was an evening in January. A school night. I cooked an Italian dish, I can’t remember exactly what it was.

It was medicine.

I knew my daughter was developing an eating disorder. Her therapist thought so too. I had read several books, consulted websites, and even had a long phone conversation with a noted author and parent who had fought this battle before.

July 19, 2019

OCD and Eating Disorders: Untangling the Diagnostic Web

The Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders offers medical, mental, behavioral and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the eating disorder field. Steven Tsao, Ph.D., a keynote speaker at this year’s symposium, walks us through the complex comorbid relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders and how to properly diagnose and treat these two disorders.

July 17, 2019

Episode 13: Sarah’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Stories series features voices of individuals in eating disorder recovery and beyond. This episode features Sarah Churchward, a professional writer, and makeup artist. In her late teens, Sarah was diagnosed with both anorexia and chronic narcolepsy. She discusses the process of coming to accept her chronic illness while being in eating disorder treatment and how that process made her into who she is today.

July 1, 2019

Episode 12: Eating Disorders and Athletes

Episode description:

Eating disorders in athletes are incredibly common but unfortunately, they often go unaddressed. NEDA estimates that eating disorders affected 62% of women and 33% of men who participate in aesthetic-based or weight-class sports. To discuss eating disorders in athletes and how we can help advocate for healthy living and recovery, former Vikings’ and current Twins’ dietitian Rasa Troup and recovered distance runner and advocate Jenny Scherer join Peace Meal.

June 27, 2019

Practicing Self-Care During the Summer

The anticipation of summer – the warmer weather, vacations, and possibly changes in routine – can induce anxieties for those in recovery from an eating disorder, making it that much more important to practice regular self-care during the summer months.

June 25, 2019

Do The Work

After her diagnosis and once we knew her admission date into residential, my daughter asked one question.

“When can I come home?”