Can Exercise and Healthy Eating Go Too Far?

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We are just asking parents to take an honest look at themselves and their habits.


Today on the podcast we talk to Sanford Behavioral Health’s  Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S about orthorexia and other eating disorders. Gail, who has been treating eating disorders for over 30 years, says exercise and healthy eating can present a problem when the individual becomes obsessed with eating clean. Also, the compulsion to exercise can create problems. Gail provides some helpful tips on how to tell if a family member’s healthy eating is running amuck. And how to create a body positive home environment.


“Our society certainly creates an environment that is rife for orthorexia. Because we are all very diet and weight focused. And when children grow up in families where the parents are preoccupied with appearance, weight, exercise it is a natural outcome. So, we are really just asking parents to take a look at themselves and their own habits.” Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S


Can Exercise and Healthy Eating Go Too Far?

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Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We also offer a full continuum of care for eating disorders. And similarly, the team we have assembled, comprises some of the brightest minds in the behavioral health field. The team at Sanford CTED includes:

  • Psychiatrist, Internist, Nurse Practitioner, RNs
  • Program Director, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
  • Psychotherapists with specialized training in treating eating disorders
  • Registered Dietitians/Clinical Nutrition Specialists
  • Certified Recreation Therapists
  • Recovery Support Specialists


For more resources on eating disorders click the link below, or visit our website.


Eating Disorder Resources




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Marilyn Spiller is a writer, sober coach, recovery advocate, and student of the world (she also holds a BA in English). Nine years sober herself, she penned one of the first sobriety blogs, "Waking Up the Ghost" in 2013. The blog garnered an international following, allowing Marilyn to communicate with thousands of folks in all stages of recovery. Marilyn is Sanford's Director of Marketing and serves as Editor-In-Chief for the Sanford online magazine, Excursions. She also developed and hosts the podcast Anatomy of Addiction and is Vice President of the Board, JACK Mental Health Advocacy.