F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum

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Is interesting that I gain so much more support here (sanity saviour) than I do from weekly psychology appts and also that so many parents have differing opinions to current therapeutic approaches in particular blind weighing, when most FBT approaches don’t agree with this. Is there any incorporation of parental wisdom in the ongoing development of the model, if not, I don’t understand why (they tell us we r the experts ) . Just a thought.
I really hesitate to make it parents vs. therapists. As parents we come from a completely different point of view. We are the experts in our child but theoretically we are not the experts in managing eating disorders. I say theoretically because frequently it seems as though many parents come across therapists who seem to know less than we parents can do with google. 

This article explains well why there is a strong push from therapists for open weighing. http://www.louisvilleeatlab.com/blog--in-the-press/the-importance-of-seeing-your-weight-in-eating-disorder-treatment It is of course at present a part of manualised FBT treatment. 

Individual experiences of course don't make data. So we do need that evidence from research as to what works well in general as opposed to what works better in a specific circumstance. 

FEAST does make its presence felt at eating disorder conferences with a large contingent attending the recent ICED conference in Chicago. The ANZAED conference is in Melbourne in August and again there will be parent advocates there too. Our voices are heard but change happens slowly. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.