BGC Eating Disorders/Body Image Group is back!

ED Group


This group is for our current clients, however, if you are interesting in joining- please call us (815.756.4875) and set up an appointment with one of our Special Programs clinicians.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2015 Wraps Up


As National Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes to a close, we hope that if you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, you will choose to begin your fight to reclaim your life.

The Special Programs Team at the Ben Gordon Center is here to help you in your journey.  Please call (815) 756-4875…Recovery Is Possible!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Here!

downloadPlease join Ben Gordon’s Special Programs Team in celebrating Eating Disorders Awareness Week —February 22-28th!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Click Here or stop by the Ben Gordon Center to learn more.  We have an informational table set up in the lobby and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

2015 Theme:  Had No Idea…
The goal of national Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to increase awareness of Eating Disorders and to improve the understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments.  By increasing awareness and access to resources, we encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood for a full recovery.  

Help is available and recovery is possible.

Please call 815.756.4875 if you or a loved one would like more information on the Eating Disorder Services offered by the Special Programs Team at the Ben Gordon Center.  

Ben Gordon Center ANAD Meeting

downloadBen Gordon Center will be having a 2nd ANAD meeting this month.


Please join the Special Programs Team Monday, February 23th at 6:30 PM during Eating Disorder Awareness Week

For an open discussion on eating disorders and wellness.

Friends and family are welcome!

For questions, please call John at 815-756-4875

EDAW – Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Coming!

downloadOvercoming an Eating Disorder requires more than giving up unhealthy eating behaviors.  It requires specific intervention in order to learn how to properly cope, identify, and manage emotions.  But most importantly, it is also about rediscovering who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image.  Ben Gordon Center follows a multidisciplinary model that offers a variety of treatment options to tackle the problems of eating disorders, including:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy:
    • Eating Disorder/Body Image
    • Emotional Eating
    • Family Support for Eating Disorders and Self Injury
    • ANAD Support Group
    • Nutritional Assessment & Counseling
    • Intensive Case Management
    • Return to Daily Living – an intensive treatment track for our patients being discharged from inpatient or IOP treatment, and transiting back into their daily lives; also used for those who are experiencing symptoms of relapse. 

For more information on the Eating Disorders program at the Ben Gordon Center, call 815-756-4875 and ask to speak to Fran Tierney or please go to

Eating Disorder Myth vs. Reality

Check out 6 Myths & Realities of Eating Disorders,

by our very own Special Programs Director, Fran Tierney.

No Body is Perfect


Myth #1

You can spot someone with an eating disorder, because they are always really skinny.


Eating Disorders come in all shapes and sizes, you can’t assume or judge someone based on what they look like. Many people with Eating Disorders are considered normal or overweight.

Myth #2

Only teenage girls suffer from eating disorders.


Many eating disorders do begin in the teenage years, but children, men, older women and just about anyone can fall victim to this terrible disorder.

Myth #3

You cannot die from bulimia.


Bulimics are at a high risk for dying, especially if they are purging, using laxatives and doing excessive exercise.  Many bulimics have died from cardiac arrest which is usually caused by low potassium or an electrolyte imbalance.  Others have died from a ruptured esophagus.  Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness!

Myth #4

Eating disorders revolve around food.


There is a mistaken belief that eating disorders are about food, which often compels friends and loved ones to encourage individuals to “just eat,” when in fact, the disorder from which they’re suffering is incredibly complex.  It’s not just about food.  It’s about how they feel about themselves.

Myth #5

Compulsive eating is not an eating disorder.


It is very much an eating disorder and is just as serious as anorexia and bulimia.  Compulsive eating is a way to cope just like anorexia and bulimia are.  A person uses food as a way to comfort or numb themselves, block out feelings and emotions, etc.

Myth #6

You can never fully recover from an eating disorder.


Recovery takes a long time, but with hard work and the proper treatment, you can fully recover from your eating disorder.  Look for a knowledgeable treatment professional, who specializes in the complexities of treating all Eating Disorders.  The most successful treatments include individual & group therapies; nutritional support; and for some, a medication component.

ANAD Support Group Is Changing Time

anadpicThe Special Programs ANAD support group will be moving to WEDNESDAY starting in SEPTEMBER 2014!

The group will be held at 7:30pm the first Wednesday of every month and the group will be lead by Adriane Moody.


ANAD is a free, open to clients and to the general public, supportive and educational group for anyone who has an eating disorder, or thinks they may have an eating disorder, or anyone who has a family member with an eating disorder.  Our affiliation with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders is something that the Special Programs Team is very proud of, and we strive to provide the best information and support to anyone who attends this group.  Often, this group is the first step in someone’s recovery journey. 

The Fight Continues

imageEating Disorders Awareness Week may be ending, but the fight for overcoming Eating Disorders will continue.  If you have a loved one who is struggling with an Eating Disorder, voice your concern, and gather all the resources you can in order to help them seek professional help.  Contact the Special Programs team at the Ben Gordon Center at 815-756-4875.

The Special Programs team would like to thank you for your support of Eating Disorder Awareness! We appreciate the stories we’ve heard this week of clients who have opened up about their concerns with food and body image, after seeing the Eating Disorders table.

“No one can make you get better.

The battle for recovery is not between you and me.

It’s not between your ED and anyone else.

The battle you have to fight to get better is inside of you.

The battle you have to fight is between your healthy self and your eating disorder self.”
~therapist to client at the beginning of therapy~