While many of us a concerned about our weight and how we look, eating disorders are the extreme. According to the National Institute of Mental Health “an eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating”. It may surprise you to know the lifetime prevalence of eating disorders is 2.7 percent, that means 1 in 37 people you know, may have an eating disorder. Even as a physician, I always thought eating disorders, mainly affected women but it turns out that the ratio is 2.5 females to 1 male.
Since the introduction of the new DSMV criteria for diagnosing mental health problems, eating disorder diagnosis falls into four main groups: Binge eating disorder (newly added), anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and “Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder and Unspecified Feeding and Eating Disorder”.
With so many people suffering from eating disorders, it is good to know that there are great services to diagnose, treat and support. Yesterday, I was thrilled to be invited to take a tour of a new outpatient facility in Greenwich “Center for Discovery” . Center for Discovery is based in California and the Greenwich facility is the third outpatient facility in the US, treating adults and children and teens, 10 years and up. The Center also offers residential programs, for those requiring more intensive treatment. The outpatient facility in Greenwich offers 20 hours a week of treatment programming in a relaxing, beautifully decorated space.
The outpatient program is multidisciplinary and includes:
- individual sessions with a therapist
- family sessions
- support from a dietician
- group art therapy
- body acceptance work
- mindfulness training
- therapeutic meals.
For more information on eating disorders and the Greenwich Outpatient facility visit: www.
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