News Interview: Eating Disorder Warning SignsRoughly 30 million people in the United States will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime, including approximately 200,000 Minnesotans. The Fox 9 morning news team in Minnesota invited our Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Jillian Lampert onto their show to discuss stereotypes and what we can do to encourage individuals to seek professional eating disorder treatment.
The Emily Program offers full service eating disorder treatment that meets our clients where they are. From 24/7 care to outpatient care, clients are able to receive the treatment that they need in order to heal. Dr. Lampert explains that The Emily Program offers care to people of all ages, genders, and demographic backgrounds.
Dr. Lampert tells the Fox 9 viewers that symptoms can be seen in children as young as 8 and that eating disorders can extend well into adulthood. She explains that the typical warning signs are talking about food or body image constantly, worrying about weight, isolating, and skipping meals. Lampert states that the best thing you can do if you believe someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder is to talk about it. She suggests viewers approach those struggling with care and concern, starting the conversation from an observational perspective of compassion. You can start with, “I noticed that something seems wrong and I am worried about you. What can I do to help?” Talking to loved ones honestly and openly about their eating disorder is a crucial first step in eating disorder recovery.
Eating disorders are complex and severe mental illnesses, which is why The Emily Program’s multidisciplinary team provides treatment the physical, emotional, psychological, and social aspects of an eating disorder. With professional treatment, full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. If you are a loved one are struggling, please call us at 1-888-364-5977 or fill out our web form to learn more.