Ordered Eating and Kartini’s Food Plan

posted by Julie O'Toole on February 29, 2008 at 12:35am

Most of you will have heard me say that weight restoration is the cornerstone of treatment in childhood anorexia nervosa, without which you get nothing. It makes sense, you say? And yet we still get children referred to us who have been in hospital or residential centers and were discharged well below a restored weight—or even discharged weighing less than when they entered! How can that be? We gnash our teeth.

In my opinion it is a reflection of the general reluctance to accept…

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Why I went into the treatment of Eating Disorders

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 3, 2007 at 9:12pm

I have been asked many times to explain why I went into the treatment of pediatric eating disorders.

Did I have an eating disorder myself? Did I have a family member who suffered from one? Does one of my three daughters or my son have one? The answer to all of these suppositions is "no". I have written the following in the introduction to my book Give Food A Chance (to be published in 2008), written for pediatric providers and interested parents of our patients.

In 1980 I graduated…

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Why we do research at Kartini Clinic

posted by Julie O'Toole on September 21, 2007 at 1:05am

Why research matters

We are all busy at the Kartini Clinic, from the front office folks who answer calls, take messages, deal with upset or even irate parents, to the business and management folks who definitely deal with scared, upset and irate parents and uncooperative insurance companies, to the doctors, the therapists, the therapist assistants ….. busy, busy. The core of all our work is taking care of kids. Then after a long day of taking care of kids, we try and balance this…

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Gray Hairs

posted by Julie O'Toole on April 20, 2007 at 12:52am

Here it goes: my first blog at the age of nearly 58. Yes that's right, kids, if you are reading this, you now know how old your doctor is. See those gray hairs? Cleverly disguised with color, they are the result of suffering, arguing, laughing and crying along with our patients and their families. They are the result of being called to the hospital because a new child's heart has stopped, or called to argue with parents who want to leave "against medical advice" because the "rules…

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