34. How to Recover From an Eating Disorder with Johanna Kandel
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In today’s episode I talk to Johanna Kandel, founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Eating Disorders. The organization was founded after her own decade long battle with eating disorders, and prides itself on supporting thousands of people dealing with eating disorders with weekly support groups and resources.    During our conversation Johanna shares her own experience with an eating disorder and how this sparked her own desire to start the National Alliance for Eating Disorders. She shares why full recovery is possible, how to advocate for treatment and how she managed to get the support of the White House for ED awareness and advocacy.     In this episode, we cover:
  • Johanna shares how ballet played a role in her own disordered eating [1:38]
  • Making a difference for those who struggle with ED [8:13]
  • Is a full recovery possible? [12:12]
  • Support exists and you deserve treatment and care [19:25]
  • How long does recovery take? [22:34] 
  • Getting the White House involved with ED [24:24]
  • How do you know you have an ED? [27:48]
  • Overcoming a relapse [30:47]
  • Working in the field while having an ED [32:56]


Johanna Kandel is the founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Eating Disorders and the author of Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Harlequin). She founded The Alliance after a decade-long battle with various eating disorders. Since founding The Alliance in October 2000, Johanna has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to hundreds of thousands of individuals nationally and internationally. In addition, she facilitates weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families through their treatment and recovery, and helps thousands of people to gain information and find the help they need. As a passionate advocate for mental health and eating disorders legislation, Johanna has spent a lot of time meeting with numerous members of Congress and was part of the first-ever Eating Disorder Roundtable at the White House.



Connect with Deanna: IG: @dietitiandeanna

Website: https://dietitiandeanna.com 

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