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Society continually sends us hurtful and incorrect messages about food and our bodies. These messages hit us from all angles: the media, our culture and our families. On the same page of a magazine, we are told how to instantly lose 20 lbs while making the most succulent chocolate cake.  Our culture tells us that food and the shape of our bodies have the power to make a person good or bad.  As a result, the natural connection with food and our bodies is distorted. These relationships impact our view of power, self-esteem and trust; so, it is vital to look at the messages and hurts we’ve experienced in our past and on a daily basis. Eating disorders, obesity and body disatisfaction affect all ages, sexes and races and eating disorders have the highest death rate (up to 20%) out of all mental illnesses.
Looking at our relationships with food and our bodies is not only vital for our well-being, but also for our childrens'. Children are dieting and fearing their bodies at younger and younger ages.  According to NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), 42% of 1st - 3rd grade girls  want to be thinner, and 81% of ten year olds are afraid of being fat. Clearly, these issues need to be given more attention and education!
Rachel Quast, M.A. is a survivor of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. This allows her to easily connect with her audiences on many levels. Not only does she have the personal experience, but she addresses the issues from a therapeutic viewpoint as well. Whether it be food issues, wellness or other unhealthy patterns, Ms. Quast addresses the emotional needs of humans and how we use patterns to protect ourselves from pain. The following presentations offer vital information that touch the heart:
 
 
 
*PRESENTATION CLIP ON MP3

Listen to a 5 minute clip of a presentation by Rachel Quast, M.A. called, “The Role of Group Therapy in Recovery from Eating Disorders.” This portion talks about the 9-steps to eating disorders and specific examples of group activities. The 1-hour presentation can be purchased on CD in the "Book Info" link.

EATING DISORDERS: EXPOSING THE STORM WITHIN
 
    
 *Rachel Quast's personal struggle with anorexia and bulimia
 
 *Causes of the disorders (biological, social, cultural and trauma)
 
 *How low self-esteem, family patterns, and “stuffing feelings”  contribute to the disorders (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating)
 
 *How early hurts create core beliefs and how that relates to the development and perpetuation of eating disorders
 
 
MEDIA AND BODY IMAGE
 
 *Group discussion on media and advertising tricks
 
 *Discussion on how media impacts body image
 
 *Group activities to improve one’s body image
 
 
ATHLETES AND EATING DISORDERS
 
 *Rachel Quast’s struggle with anorexia and compulsive exercise
 
 *Differences between athlete dedication and disorder behaviors
 
 *How coaches can support and confront their athletes
 
 *Psychological contributions and dynamics of eating disorders
 
Grants for $500 are available to help pay for this presentation through NCAA: http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/ed_outreach/health-safety/drug_ed_progs/speakers.htm or call Mary at 317-917-6319.
 
  
BREAKING UNHEALTHY PATTERNS
 
 *Explain how we identify our patterns
 
 *Discuss what patterns are and how they impact job performance, relationships (with ourselves, others and a higher purpose) and communities such as schools and churches
 
 *Identify which needs were not fulfilled in your life
 
 *Explain how patterns attempt to fill those needs
 
 *Describe how to heal old wounds in order to change unhealthy patterns
 
 
"FEEDING" THE NEED
 
 *Identifying emotional eating and obesity
 
 *Explain how the misuse of food "fills" the emotional void
 
 *Discuss how the media perpetuates overeating
 
 *Obesity and how it contributes to health risks, company insurance costs and job productivity
 
 
9 STEPS TO EATING DISORDER RECOVERY
 
 *Description of 9 steps developed from Rachel Quast's recovery
 
 *Describe the function of each step
 
 *Actual journal entries from Rachel Quast's journal to correlate with each step
 
 *Interactive activities for each step
 
 
SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIORS & EATING DISORDERS
 
  *Personal examples from Rachel Quast’s life
 
  *Causes of SIB and Eating Disorders
 
  *Common functions which SIB and Eating Disorders serve
          
  *How to support someone experience such issues
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