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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!

January 7, 2019

Episode 2: Eating Disorders 101

Eating disorders are confusing and complex. On this month’s episode, host Claire Holtz sits down with Emily Program Site Director Jennifer Nelson to discuss what eating disorders are and what we can do to help those affected.

January 4, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Starts New Year with New Senior Director of Professional Relations

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, kicked off the new year by appointing Mark Bower, MA, LPC, as senior director of professional relations.

In his new role, Bower holds responsibility for both the Professional Relations Management and Intake departments. He is tasked with the development of relationships between specialists, providers, and patients to create a collaborative environment that helps generate positive patient outcomes.

January 4, 2019

Announcing Peace Meal, an Emily Program Podcast

We are thrilled to announce our new podcast, Peace Meal. Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image issues, and how society may contribute to distorted thinking. Join us as we sit down with eating disorder field leaders, medical professionals, and those in recovery to shed a light on eating disorders, body-related biases, and so much more! New episodes are out on the first Monday of every month.

December 10, 2018

Breaking the Stigma: 7 Truths About Eating Disorders

Despite common misconceptions, eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, body shape or weight, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They are serious illnesses, and an individual is not able to choose whether or not they develop an eating disorder. Unfortunately, societal misunderstandings, pressures, and stigmas often deter accurate diagnosis and prevent access to care.

November 2, 2018

EDs Don’t Take Holidays Off: Ways to Support Your Loved One This Season

While the holidays are a time most people look forward to, they can often magnify personal struggles for people with eating disorders. The combination of dealing with the anxiety of being around extended family, and the accentuated focus on food, can be a major trigger for many.

October 9, 2018

Podcast: Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Dr. Anna Tanner was featured on the Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue podcast. This episode is rich in detailing the seriousness of eating disorders in children and adolescents and how to treat these illnesses.

October 3, 2018

Psychiatric Co-morbidities of Eating Disorders

One of the most challenging center situations faced by a medical provider can be discerning when an eating disorder is present if accompanied by a co-morbid psychiatric disorder.

At times, patients will struggle overtly with weight or eating issues in the face of known mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and substance use. In fact, diagnostic criteria for depression include changes in appetite, eating, and weight. Individuals with OCD or anxiety may limit their food intake or binge eat in response to their emotional and physiologic states. Substance use can also alter appetite leading to changes in eating and weight. When first getting to know a patient, symptom overlap may make it difficult for a medical practitioner to ascertain if changes in weight or issues with eating are secondary to such psychiatric diagnoses, or if the patient has a primary eating disorder with comorbid diagnoses.

September 18, 2018

Veritas Collaborative Rallies Eating Disorder Experts to Address Issues Facing Patients, Industry

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, kickstarted its seventh annual symposium on eating disorders by curating a collective of eating disorder experts from around the country to address the role community and collaboration play in patient outcomes. Held in Atlanta Sept. 13-15, the panel discussion and symposium were attended by more than 200 medical and mental health professionals from 15 states.

August 1, 2018

Veritas Collaborative Celebrates Access to Eating Disorder Care Awareness Day with Hospital Grand Opening

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates Gov. Nathan Deal’s Access to Eating Disorder Care Awareness Day at the grand opening of Georgia’s first eating disorder hospital. The hospital, which admitted its first patient June 4, celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by hospital tours and a grand opening celebration. Attendees included community dignitaries, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce members, eating disorder specialists, and the Veritas Collaborative executive team and multidisciplinary staff.

July 17, 2018

Baby Boomers and Eating Disorders: The Rise of Disordered Eating at Midlife and Beyond

No age or gender is immune to eating disorders. Eating disorders can flare up repeatedly throughout a person’s life, or even make a first-time appearance at middle age. In fact, at Veritas Collaborative, we are seeing an increase in people at midlife and beyond seeking treatment for disordered eating.

July 10, 2018

Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Disproportionate Impact

When the majority of people think about those diagnosed with eating disorders, the stereotype that comes to mind is usually a straight, white, female adolescent. Based on our own experience at Veritas Collaborative, the reality is that eating disorders can cross any cultural, racial, sexual orientation, or financial lines, affecting people of virtually any walk of life.

June 4, 2018

New Hospital for Treatment of Eating Disorders Opens in Atlanta

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced the opening of its new center in Atlanta. The facility provides multidisciplinary care for children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21 impacted by eating disorders, and it is the first of its kind in Georgia and surrounding states. Services will benefit many of the 30 million Americans who suffer from eating disorders.

January 9, 2018

Laurea Glusman McAllister, Has Earned the Credential of Certified Eating Disorders Specialist

We are delighted to announce that Veritas Collaborative’s Laurea Glusman McAllister, MSW, MDiv, LCSW, has been credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).

December 14, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Levy Joins Veritas Collaborative as Medical Director in Atlanta

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced that Dr. Jonathan Levy has joined the organization as medical director of its Atlanta clinic.

November 22, 2017

The Collaborative Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

The changing seasons often trigger a myriad of emotions in individuals with eating disorders. These emotions can range from excitement, anticipation, and joy, to fear, worry, and dread. Many of these emotions revolve around the seasonal variety of foods that are served during the fall and winter holidays. Holiday foods can often be “fear foods” or “trigger foods” for patients with eating disorders. In addition, many holidays are centered around social eating.

November 13, 2017

Jim Standish Joins Veritas Collaborative as Chief Financial Officer

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced that Jim Standish has joined its executive team as chief financial officer.

October 10, 2017

Recovery: The Journey to Uninhibited Joy

For persons recovering from an eating disorder, it can feel unsettling and sometimes impossible to stay in one place. There is a certain restlessness and inquietude that often accompanies an eating disorder – a desire to escape or run away from the discomfort you may feel within your own body.

The Collaborative Kitchen: Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagna
October 6, 2017

The Collaborative Kitchen: Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagna

Normalizing eating behaviors is one of the main goals during eating disorder treatment and recovery, and a process that is particularly challenging. Individuals with eating disorders often have elevated anxiety and describe extreme beliefs about the potential consequences of eating.

August 14, 2017

A Changing Tide for Males with Eating Disorders

It can be mighty frustrating to be a male with an eating disorder. On top of battling a life-threatening illness, you’re faced with limitations in treatment options, stereotypes from the general public, and a lack of understanding that males suffer from eating disorders, too.

June 29, 2017

Dr. Anna Tanner and Dr. Carrie Poline named ‘Top Doctors’ by Atlanta Magazine

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced that Dr. Anna Tanner and Dr. Carrie Poline have been named ‘Top Doctors’ by Atlanta Magazine.