Body Acceptance Week (#BodyAcceptanceWeek) is a social media campaign promoting body acceptance for all by highlighting the nuances of body positivity, body neutrality, and body liberation. Ultimately, our messaging is that all bodies—and people—should be valued equally, and that we are more than our bodies.

Visit our social media pages all week to learn and participate: @esperanzaedc

Watch the recent KABB Fox News 29 interview of Dr. Mengden and EDFSTX National Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate, Eric Dorsa.
Fox’s Camilla Rambaldi’s SA Strong segment shared Mengden’s expertise and Dorsa’s voice on the impact the pandemic has had on mental health and brought an increased awareness of eating disorders that are occurring in our community and around the nation.

Treatment center raising eating disorders awareness

by Camilla Rambaldi



In response to the recovery needs of our patients, both Adult and Adolescent, PHP and IOP, are being offered in virtual and onsite formats at this time.

The Adult Emotional Overeating Program continues in a virtual format at this time.

The following links to our center’s brochure and detailed individual program information are provided for print and electronic distribution to patients, clients and loved ones.

Esperanza Eating Disorders Center Brochure (pdf)
Adult PHP and IOP Program (pdf)
Adolescent PHP and IOP Program (pdf)
Emotional Overeating Program (pdf)
Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders (pdf)
Current In-Network Insurance Information (pdf)

“Recovery by Doing”
Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon & Celebration with Mealtime Mindfulness Mantra


Article contribution:
Tiffanie Barta
Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

 Self-Care Is The Oxygen Mask

“You must put your oxygen mask on first before you can put it on anyone else.” 

Without self-care I am a shell of the person I once was, exhausted and overwhelmed. Learning to practice self-care has become a very important part of my life. What is self-care? (pdf)

Article contribution:
Tiffanie Barta
Intern Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Body Neutrality vs Body Positivity

“What others think of you doesn’t matter because it doesn’t change you. What you believe of yourself matters because it defines you.” -Anonymous.

Body image is an increasingly hot topic in the United States. Based on research 70+ percent of women and 40+ percent of men are unhappy with their bodies. (pdf)

Article contribution:
Olinka Tristan, MA, LPC
Program Director, Emotional Overeating Program
Esperanza Eating Disorders Center

Movement Without Shame

Care and Appreciation Can Make a Difference

For many of us “working out” can be something that only brings to the surface feelings of shame. Many people who have struggled with an eating disorder have a hate-hate relationship with any type of exercise. (pdf)

Esperanza is pleased to be a Partner of the Eating Disorder Foundation of South Texas. Visit their website for more information on their mission