2 thoughts on “Defining Eating Disorder Recovery: A Q&A with Expert Sarah Ravin

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    This is a very interesting article on Recovery. I have seen the disconnect with Recovery research and how the term is not generally defined in a way most agree to. I think even with these general ideas of Recovery it also doesn’t paint all of the grey areas in recovery. I think there is SO much more that needs to be addressed, researched, and published on Eating Disorder Recovery. Speaking with a Dr. in the field alone – she said I had a ton of great dissertations and research ideas, because with regards to Recovery it remains something hard to describe as well as portray. This is WHY I started Voice in Recovery. To share peoples voices, show what recovery looks like and feels like to those with an Eating Disorder. Black and white thinking doesn’t work and we need to find a grey area, so people are less critical on “where” there are at any moment, and instead focusing on where they are moving towards. The path is not linear, does not fit in a box, and talking about all of these issues and concerns is really important.

  • March 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks so much, Kendra, for your comment! Recovery is definitely tough to capture, and I agree that there are shades of gray.

    That’s why I like to have various perspectives on recovery: from psychologists who specialize in eating disorders and from women who’ve recovered from eating disorders.

    I remember a few of the women spoke about recovery meaning different things at different times. For instance, recovery might mean weight restoration at one point, or extinguishing that ED voice at another point.

    I really appreciate you articulating how and why it is so difficult! And it’s so important to have such amazing advocates like you, too, leading the way. 🙂


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