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A new hope for eating disorders in Greenwich: Part 2

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2.7 percent of people will develop an eating disorder in their lifetime, and over a third of them are male. Anorexia most infamous of the eating disorders, has the highest death rate of any mental illness with 5-20% of sufferers eventually dying from it (WebMD). This shocking statistic is just one of the reasons why eating disorder treatment, as early as possible, is so crucial.

On June 3rd a new Outpatient Center devoted to the treatment of eating disorders, opened in Greenwich. I was lucky enough to visit the “Center for Discovery” on it’s second day. The Center offers 20 hours, per week, of treatment for those suffering with eating disorders. I met with Dawn Delgado, who has come from the Center for Discovery headquarters in California to oversee the opening. Dawn showed me around the center and we talked about the assessment and therapy process.

Center For Discovery

Center For Discovery

 

As a Developmental Pediatrician in the UK, I loved the multi-disciplinary approach for care and was pleased to see it in action at the Center. Dawn told me that Outpatient treatment typically lasts 3 months plus, and begins intensively with a 20 hour, 5 day a week program, of assessment and treatment. Dawn and I discussed the importance of early detection and treatment, which has been shown to dramatically improve outcomes.

 

Red Flags of an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are complex and can present with a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, the most common of which are:

  • rapid weight fluctuation
  • menstrual irregularities
  • self-induced vomiting
  • hair loss
  • sleeping difficulties
  • dizzy spells, fainting or blackouts
  • always feels cold
  • fine (down-like) hair on body
  • swollen, puffy cheeks
  • compulsive exercising
  • binge eating
  • guilt after eating
  • constantly comparing size/ weight to others

(Source: Center for Discovery)

 

The Center for Discovery will be involved in preventative programs in the community and education of other health professionals, such as dentists, who are often the first to notice signs of an eating disorder. They also have a very useful app, to aid the recovery process “Discovery in Recovery on the Go!”

 

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have an eating disorder, I urge you to visit www.centerfordiscoverygreenwich.com to get more information and reach out for advice and support.

 

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Dr Leonaura Rhodes

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the comment Laura! Yes, we talked about that at the meeting, it’s a really big problem. Dawn told me that at their LA center they had a glamor photographer come and talk about how they photoshop the models, apparently it was a real eye opener. The problem has been around for a long time for girls, but access to these kinds of images and online advice, from other teens on how to be thin, is so easily accessible. I think the problem is probably worsening now for boys, who are becoming more interested in their appearance and the “ripped” skinny man is portrayed by the media and film industry as being attractive. We parents and family members need to keep a close eye on our loved ones, for signs of eating disorders and other mental health problems. As someone who has suffered with depression off and on, I know that early identification is so important and in the case of eating disorders is a key determinant of outcome.

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    The media glamorizes images of exceptionally thin people, and these are often fabricated and unobtainable images. Negative online support (pro-Ana and pro-Mia sites) are also easily accessed. It is good to know these warning signs and that care, preventative programs and resources such as Center For Discovery are available.