Eating Disorder Awareness – Best of Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S


It seems fitting that Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S, is retiring during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Gail has been a therapist treating eating disorders and an eating disorder advocate since 1986. She founded Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (CTED) in 1998. Gail sold her practice to Sanford Behavioral Health two years ago, staying on as Executive Director of Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders.


Sanford CTED provides a full continuum of care for eating disorders in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although Gail will be doing some consulting and working with her non-profit, Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance (MiEDA), we won’t see Gail regularly in the halls of Sanford Behavioral Health. We wish Gail all the best in her well-deserved retirement!


Gail Hall with eating disorder awareness group of presenters

Presenters at Professional’s Training – Gail Hall is in the center with (left to right) Amy Boshoven, Sanford’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Sanford Founder, Rae Green, Emily Welles, Professor GVSU, Founder of Emily Welles Nutrition LLC, and Kelly Boprie, Therapist, Grand Rapids Therapy Group.


“Sanford Behavioral Health and CTED shared a similar mission. That was to expand access and provide a full continuum of quality eating disorder services in Michigan. Rae and David Green helped me realize my life goal of bringing residential eating disorder treatment to Michigan through Sanford CTED.” Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S


Best of Articles by Gail Hall

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Gail’s retirement, we have assembled some of her best articles. Enjoy!


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Body Positivity – 10 Things Parents Teach their Children

Research has shown that children and youth who diet are much more likely to develop eating disorders. The earlier that dieting begins, the more likely a significant eating disorder can occur. Body positivity starts at home.  Suggestions for parents to help children develop body positivity: Based on documents from the National Eating [read more…]




The Rise of Orthorexia – Healthy Eating on Steroids

Orthorexia is a variation of anorexia nervosa that presents as an obsessional desire to eat only “healthy” or “clean” foods and a preoccupation with exercise. Although the initial presentation may differ from traditional anorexia, the core issue – an unhealthy fear of weight gain – is the same.   “Adolescents are a nutritionally [read more…]



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Eating & Substance Use Disorders – Why They Coexist

Did you know that 50% of individuals who struggle with eating disorders also misuse alcohol or other drugs? This is a rate five times higher than the general population.  Similarly, 35% of individuals who misused or were dependent on alcohol or drugs have also had eating disorders – a rate 11 times higher than [read more…]




Anorexia in Larger Bodies? Busting Misdiagnosis and Stigma

When you think of anorexia, what is the mental picture you have? Images of an emaciated individual come to mind: a whisp of a young woman, clothes hanging off a skeletal frame. But, in reality, serious eating disorders can occur in individuals of all body sizes, any gender, and most ethnic groups. [read more…]



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