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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 (blog@veritascollaborative.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

June 24, 2019

Veritas Collaborative opens Charlotte’s first medically integrated eating disorder center

Region’s only gender-diverse eating disorder center creates access to higher levels of care

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today opened its Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Center in Charlotte, N.C. The opening is a direct result of patient demand and community support for the approximately 416,000 North Carolinians affected by eating disorders.

June 20, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Selects Sydney Brodeur McDonald as Senior Director of Center Services

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced Sydney Brodeur McDonald, PhD, LCP as its new senior director of center services.

June 19, 2019

Episode 11: Ken’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

Ken Capobianco is an award-winning music critic whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, The New York Times, and many more publications. While immersed in the rock and roll music scene, Ken found himself struggling with severe anorexia—for 30 years. Despite living with a severe eating disorder for all of those years, Ken found eating disorder recovery and wrote a book about his experience.

June 13, 2019

Voices of Veritas: Emilee Rojas

In our “Voices of Veritas” series, we’re introducing you to some of the world’s most engaging thought leaders, compassionate caregivers, and science-minded multidisciplinary teams. They work together to fulfill the Veritas Collaborative vision of a world where all persons with eating disorders have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. 

June 11, 2019

How To Be An Ally

While many people believe eating disorders predominately affect teenaged, straight, cisgender females, disordered eating is a disease that can affect anyone, at any age and from all walks of life. This includes any race, socioeconomic status, as well as any gender identity or sexual orientation. In fact, research has consistently shown that eating disorders disproportionately impact the LGBTQIA+ community. Gay males are thought to represent only 5% of the total male population, but among males who have eating disorders, 42% identify as gay.

June 4, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Celebrates Another Year of Healing & Recovery

Today is an important day at Veritas Collaborative, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Hospital in Atlanta, GA and the seven-year anniversary of our Child & Adolescent Hospital in Durham, NC. When it opened one year ago, our Atlanta site was Georgia’s first eating disorder hospital. Together, these hospitals represent a commitment to create access to care where it did not before exist.

June 3, 2019

Episode 10: Binge Eating Disorder and Weight Bias

Episode description:

Weight bias is the negative attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, and judgments toward individuals because of their weight. Abbie Scott and Maggie Meyers of The Emily Program join Peace Meal to discuss the reality of weight stigma in relation to individuals with binge eating disorder (BED)—and what we can do to break the stigma and better help individuals who are struggling with BED.

June 2, 2019

Why Eating Disorders Can’t Afford to Wait

June 2 marks World Eating Disorders Action Day when members of the eating disorder community – affected individuals, families, friends, professionals, researchers, and policymakers – unite virtually to increase access to accurate information, debunk myths and advocate for resources and policy change. This year, the focus is “Eating Disorders Can’t Afford to Wait” and we are joining in on the conversation.

May 29, 2019

A Parent’s Perspective on Recovery

Recently there was a discussion in a Facebook group for ED caregivers about what recovery looks like. A lot of the answers were the same. Stable weight. Intuitive eating. Less reliance on meal plans. Reduced ED behaviors. Or being completely behavior-free.

May 15, 2019

Episode 9: Jessie Diggins’ Recovery Story

Episode description:

Olympic gold medalist and eating disorder recovery advocate Jessie Diggins joins Peace Meal to share her recovery story. Plagued with bulimia in her late teens, Jessie found eating disorder recovery at The Emily Program and continued on to find Olympic success in skiing.

May 13, 2019

Voices of Veritas: Eduardo Polit

In our “Voices of Veritas” series, we’re introducing you to some of the world’s most engaging thought leaders, compassionate caregivers, and science-minded multidisciplinary teams. They work together to fulfill the Veritas Collaborative vision of a world where all persons with eating disorders have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. This month we explore culinary excellence with Eduardo Polit, executive chef for Veritas Collaborative’s Child and Adolescent Hospital in Durham, N.C.

May 6, 2019

Episode 8: The Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

Episode description:

The Emily Program’s Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Jillian Lampert joins Peace Meal this week to discuss eating disorders and the brain. Dr. Lampert educates listeners on the two experiences of eating and how they play into each type of eating disorder. We wrap up the episode by comparing the brains of those with eating disorders to the brains of individuals who are unaffected by the illnesses.

May 2, 2019

Cultivating Positive Body Image

Every day, Americans are inundated with approximately 4,000 media messages. Many of the messages target our kids with distorted ideas about how they should look and act. Kids of all ages and adults often perceive messages and images on social media as authentic, rather than taking into account that many of these photos have been filtered, digitally altered, or worse, completely distorted.

May 1, 2019

A Focus on Whole-Person Health

This month marks the 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when mental health allies nationwide come together to raise awareness for and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with a mental illness, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.

April 23, 2019

There’s A Lot To Look Forward To This Year At Veritas Collaborative

There’s a lot to look forward to this year at Veritas Collaborative, all of which will bring us that much closer to our vision of a world in which all persons with eating disorders, their families, and their communities have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure.

April 17, 2019

Episode 7: Kristine’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

(TW: Rape). 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. Kristine Irwin is a mother, advocate, and a survivor of rape and bulimia. It has been 14 years since her rape and she has been free of bulimia for 11 years. Kristine has taken time to heal and grow, which lead her to write the book Voices of Hope and start an organization against sexual assault called Voices of Hope.

April 1, 2019

Episode 6: Let’s Talk Nutrition!

Episode description:

Dietitian Bailey Weirens joins Peace Meal to discuss the truth behind nutrition and healthy eating. Bailey discusses the importance of calories, why macro and micronutrients are important, and what recovery meal plans are. By advocating for an anti-diet approach to nutrition and promoting body acceptance, Bailey enlightens listeners on the importance of listening to our bodies in order to sustain long-term health and wellbeing.

March 29, 2019

Voices of Veritas: Taylor Rae Homesley, LPC

In today’s Voices of Veritas post, we meet Taylor Rae Homesley, associate center director at Veritas Collaborative’s Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Hospital in Atlanta. Taylor Rae’s role keeps her on her toes, and she is always amazed at how quickly time passes while at work.

March 25, 2019

Veritas Collaborative expands Charlotte eating disorder clinic, creates new jobs

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, will expand its Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic in Charlotte, N.C. in June of this year.

The 8,300-square-foot space will have capacity to treat 20 patients in higher levels of care at any given time and create approximately 15 new jobs in Charlotte. It will remain the region’s only gender-diverse, multidisciplinary eating disorder center to provide comprehensive medical assessments that diagnose eating disorders and other conditions that may require medical intervention.

March 20, 2019

Episode 5: Anna’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

This is the first episode in our new Recovery Series. The Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. In this episode, host Claire Holtz sits down with Japanese-American singer-actor Anna Hashizume as she shares her story of healing.