A recent article in The New York Times, "Centers to Treat Eating Disorders are Growing, and Raising Concerns," discusses the rapid growth of residential eating disorder centers across the country, but questions their integrity and program effectiveness.
This confusion is a natural consequence of the attempts by so many to find more and better ways to help those who suffer from eating disorders. For most of the history of eating disorder treatment, there were no efforts made at prevention, involving families or outreach into the community. In fact, there was widespread unavailability of treatment options for most patients.
However, as the eating disorder treatment community matures and looks to expand access to treatment, we are seeing a lively and much-needed debate about how to get the best preventative care and treatment to patients.
Blog Archives: March 2016
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
One of the best known and most feared complications of eating disorders is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is loss of bone mass, often throughout the body, and a significant increased risk of fracture and pain. Osteoporosis is a diagnosis made through bone scans, particularly a DEXA scan. A score of -2.5 or greater on a DEXA scan is considered to be osteoporosis. A score of -1 to -2.5 is defined as osteopenia. Anyone with osteopenia is at great risk of developing osteoporosis. Statistically, 40% of people with anorexia will have osteoporosis and as high as 90% will have osteopenia.
The Emily Program is proud to offer a free educational support group for anyone in the South Sound/Lacey, WA community who struggles in their relationship with food and/or body image.
While in most cases exercising is important for good health, too much exercise and not enough calorie absorption in the body can be harmful and even dangerous to your health.
Getting treatment and having a strong support system at home is instrumental for individuals seeking recovery from their eating disorder. We strongly encourage families and friends to be active in their loved one's journey, but that can also come with its own set of frustrations and feelings of being overwhelmed.
This article talks about the health repercussions of eating disorders. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
The harsh reality of eating disorder mortality rates
Eating disorders kill. This is a harsh reality. Our clients are reminded about this fact from their loved ones, doctors and therapists. Yet, many of our clients believe that it will be someone else who dies and not them.
Eating disorders impact about 30 million people in the United States. They are associated with high levels of premature mortality, including an increased risk for suicide. Without treatment, up to 20 percent of people with a serious eating disorder will die. These are sobering statistics.
At The Emily Program, we are always determining what type of services are needed and/or going to be most helpful for our clients' recovery. Recently we have expanded our intensive programs in Woodbury and St. Paul, MN to adapt to our clients' needs.