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  • Oral presentation
  • Open Access

A father collaborates with a research professor to tell the father's story. What could we ALL have done better? Donald looks back at his daughter's eating disorder

Journal of Eating Disorders20142 (Suppl 1) :O52

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  • Public Health
  • Food Intake
  • Health Promotion
  • Disease Prevention
  • Body Image

A Father/Dad/Husband story of a 13 year Eating Disorder (AN) experience, pre-diagnosis, post diagnosis/pre/post major relapse, into recovery.

A father's story of what is it like to experience a 13 year old caring, loving, bubbly, confident, talented, high/achieving & intelligent girl starting her teenage years transform into a 16 year old, struggling with feelings & thoughts, becoming a teenager centred on food intake & body image with personality changes. As a parent, what does it feel like seeing her talents, intelligence & bubbliness fade, becoming a 16 year old, physically fading & having increasing difficulty with school & studies, & family/friends?

In this presentation Donald Irvine with the collaboration of Professor Michael Levine will describe his family's journey & experiences, including his own, as; (1) his daughter became ill with an eating disorder; (2) as the disorder progressed and enveloped the family, including a significant relapse; and (3) as the family struggled to locate and participate in treatment & finding recovery.

Donald' will conclude by sharing some of the hard-earned lessons & successes from this ongoing journey, in the hope that his experiences will be of benefit to sufferers, carers, and treatment providers.

This abstract was presented in the Learning from Consumers stream of the 2014 ANZAED Conference.

Authors’ Affiliations

F.E.A.S.T, Perth, Australia
Department of Psychology Kenyon College, Gambier, United States


© Irvine and Levine; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

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