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March 26, 2024

Protected: Anorexia Nervosa — MOCKUP

Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia nervosa twists perception. It convinces people to see themselves as overweight, even when they are starved or malnourished. Eating, food, and weight control become obsessions. Tragically, anorexia is among the most deadly of all mental illnesses.

If you or someone you know needs help with anorexia, don’t wait. Recognizing anorexia at the first signs and reaching out for help early increases the likelihood of long-term recovery.

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The frightening truth about anorexia

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight caused by malnourishment. A person struggling with anorexia often has a distorted perception of their weight and an intense fear of gaining weight. Although diet programs may be the “gateway” to the condition, the diet itself is not responsible for the onset of an eating disorder. Anorexia is not a choice, a fad, or a phase. It’s a painful internal emotion of fear associated both with food and with the perception of one’s own body.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with anorexia are up to ten times more likely to die as a result of their illness compared to those without the condition. Complications from starvation, such as cardiac arrest, organ failure, electrolyte and fluid imbalances, and suicide claim the lives of adolescents and adults every year.

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Anorexia warning signs

Anorexia nervosa has two subtypes: “restrictive” and “binge-purge.” Both subtypes result in malnutrition, limiting an individual’s ability to function normally. People with anorexia typically weigh themselves repeatedly, portion food carefully, and eat small quantities of a narrow variety of foods. Anxiety, depression, or difficulty concentrating may also accompany these warning signs:

  • Relentless pursuit of thinness
  • Unwillingness to maintain a healthy weight
  • Extremely disturbed eating behavior
  • Distortion of body image
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Excessive exercise
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Misuse of diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives

Do you think you or someone you know might have anorexia? Take our eating disorder assessment quiz.

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Anorexia can start as early as childhood or late into a person’s life, but its onset is most common around or just after puberty. Adults are likely to experience a dramatic drop in weight, while adolescents or children may fail to gain weight and slip from their expected weight-growth pattern. By definition, individuals with anorexia are below normal weight standards. Atypical anorexia (a diagnosis that falls under OSFED) is when all criteria of anorexia are met, except the individual is not medically classified as “underweight.”

Females often experience either a delay in starting menstruation or a loss of menstrual functioning (amenorrhea). Other medical conditions may also be present, such as anemia, dry skin and scalp, osteoporosis, lowered body temperature and blue fingertips, and slow thinking due to brain shrinkage.

Everything in the person’s regular daily life suffers as the condition controls thoughts and behaviors. Family ties, friendships, romantic relationships, schoolwork, or career—they’re all jeopardized by the condition. The joy of life wilts under its stress.

Read more about the physical effects of anorexia here.


  • individuals in the U.S. alone will struggle with an eating disorder.

    30 million

  • people with an eating disorder is male

    1 in 3

  • of people with eating disorders need a higher level of care to recover.

    50%

  • is the most common age of onset for anorexia

    12-25


What causes anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is caused by a complex blend of biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

There is no single cause to point to, and despite common misconceptions, families and communities of support are not to blame. They are often recovery’s strongest ally. Many individuals have genetic predispositions to anorexia nervosa that may or may not be awakened by environmental influences throughout their life.

  • Biological factors such as genetics, altered brain circuitry, and weakened food-related pathways can all contribute to the development of anorexia. Malnutrition can also induce changes in physiological processes that regulate hunger and fullness signals.
  • Environmental factors including cultural pressures to conform to appearance standards, weight-based comments and teasing, and media messages can result in an increased risk of anorexia in those susceptible.
  • Psychological factors such as anxiety, depression, stressors, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and trauma are among the contributing factors that could tip a vulnerable population group into developing anorexia.

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Treatment for anorexia

With proper treatment, recovery from anorexia is possible. If you or a loved one are struggling with anorexia, don’t wait to reach out for help. The earlier anorexia is treated, the better the outcomes tend to be.

At The Emily Program, we work with you to create an individualized care plan so you or your child with anorexia get the right treatment at the right time. We offer a wide range of care options, including residential, partial hospitalization/intensive day (PHP/IDP), intensive outpatient (IOP), outpatient, and virtual programs for children, adolescents, and adults of all genders. This allows us to provide best-in-class care and support throughout your recovery journey, even as your needs change. Our treatment programs focus on real-life skills, including hands-on nutrition and culinary experiences that you can take with you for lasting recovery. We encourage family involvement and offer family-based therapy and educational support for children and adolescents.

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The first step is to reach out and schedule an assessment. No referral is needed. Give us a call at 1-888=364-5977 or complete an online form. We’re available 7 days a week to answer your questions and help you get started on the path to recovery from anorexia.

If you or someone you know needs help with anorexia, reach out today

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Additional information about anorexia

Eating disorders are still widely misunderstood. That’s why we provide a variety of resources to help navigate these complex illnesses. Check out these resources for information about anorexia and eating disorders in general.


Frequently asked questions

  • What is the first step for getting help?

    If you believe you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, reach out for a free assessment. There’s no commitment and no referral is needed. We’ll talk about your concerns and answer any questions you may have. For more information about the admissions process, visit our Get Help webpage

  • How long will I be in treatment?

    We personalize eating disorder treatment for each individual, so the answer is different for each person. Recovery happens in different ways. Together we’ll determine the program that seems like the best fit for you. We’ll work with you for as long as you need to meet your recovery goals.

  • How should I talk to my child about my concerns?

    The approach to difficult conversations is unique to each family. In the case of an eating disorder, the critically important piece is to start a dialogue about your concerns early, instead of waiting to see if things resolve on their own.

    For younger children (ages 11 & under), share your concerns with your child’s pediatrician, primary care physician, or therapist for guidance on the next steps.

    The following suggestions are intended for conversations with adolescents (ages 12 and older):

    Consider how, when, and where you share your concerns. It is important to express yourself calmly. Choose a time when you are not feeling rushed and can talk openly with your adolescent. In general, limit the number of people involved in this very personal conversation and respect your loved one by creating a safe environment. It is helpful to be clear and specific about what you are seeing in your loved one and why this concerns you.

    There might be the instinct to confront your adolescent when you have discovered that they are engaging in harmful eating disorder behaviors. It is understandable that you would be upset or scared in these moments. You will fare better if you take time to gather your thoughts and meet in a less emotionally heightened state.

    Many biases and myths exist about eating disorders and it is imperative to educate yourself. That said, please recognize that you don’t need to know everything about eating disorders to have this conversation with your adolescent. A reliable source and place to start is our About Eating Disorders web page.

    There is a chance that your loved one may dismiss your concerns and/or have ardent reasons for their behaviors. They may not see this as a problem or a struggle. Alternatively, your child may feel relief in feeling seen and heard in their experience. Simply put, reactions can vary. It can be very unnerving for your loved one to have the eating disorder openly talked about. They will likely need ongoing conversations.

    Eating disorders are highly complex and serious illnesses that are often accompanied by intense feelings of shame and inadequacy. While you may naturally feel concerned about the outward symptoms (bingeing, restriction, purging, etc.), focusing too intently on these behaviors can reinforce core disordered beliefs, such as “There is something wrong with me,” “I’m not good enough,” or “I’m bad.” This is not to say that these behaviors should be ignored. The outward symptoms of the eating disorder need intervention and monitoring by professionals – doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, and registered dietitians – as they have profound and serious effects on the mind and body.

    Your struggling loved one needs to know you are taking the eating disorder seriously. If your child isn’t ready to accept your concerns, one way to explain what you are witnessing is by sharing that they appear to have less energy, focus, joy, or time for the things they once loved. Let them know your care for them extends deeper than their outward symptoms, to their internal experience. Your child needs to hear that you care about them as a person and that you intend to get them connected to help.

    If your loved one doesn’t engage with you, let them know you will give them some time to think about what you’ve shared and that you will revisit the conversation with them within a specific timeframe. Consider waiting no more than a couple of days, even if your child downplays what is occurring. Often in the intense experience of the eating disorder, your loved one may desperately attempt to convince you (and themselves) that everything is fine. Stick to your message. Assure them that they matter to you and give them options for how they can continue the conversation (text, email, or in person) after they have had time to think.

    Here are some conversation starters:

    • “I have noticed that you are having a hard time with eating. You often tell me you’ve already eaten when it’s time for a meal.”
    • “I have heard you talk very negatively about yourself and your body.”
    • “I have noticed that large amounts of food are sometimes gone.”
    • “I have noticed that you are limiting the foods that you eat.”
    • “I have noticed that you talk about eating only a certain number of calories and don’t allow yourself much flexibility to eat with your friends or family.”
    • “I remember when you wanted to learn more about nutrition, and I’ve noticed that over time it seems that making food/exercise choices has become very stressful.”
    • “It seems like we continue to fight over what food is in the house and how we prepare it.”

    Follow up with:

    • “I care about you so much and am concerned.”
    • “Can you tell me what it’s been like for you?”
    • “What do you think about what I’ve said?”
    • “I’d like to hear from you and learn what’s been on your mind.”
    • “What have the last several months been like for you?”

    Now listen and thank them for confiding in you.

    Find other tips in the For Families section of our website.

  • I am concerned my child will not participate in the intake appointment, but I know they need help, how will you handle this?

    Our trained professional intake therapists will treat your child with kindness and respect and work to make you and your child comfortable.

    It can be helpful to keep in mind that an eating disorder impacts a person’s energy level, mood, focus, and thoughts. You likely have experienced the ups and downs of your child’s struggle. We value your input and perspective. We know that this experience affects your whole family system and can cause chaos and uncertainty. We are here to assist your child in their growth and healing and help your family through this difficult time.

  • Are there recommended support groups, websites, or books to help me make sense of what I’m experiencing?

    We encourage you to seek support – the experience of an eating disorder may leave you feeling frightened, powerless, and overwhelmed.

    You will receive education materials when you start treatment with The Emily Program.

    The Emily Program also offers a blog and hosts the Peace Meal podcast to share knowledge, stories of recovery, and the latest happenings at The Emily Program.

    Websites:

    National Alliance for Eating Disorders – This is a national non-profit organization providing referrals, education, and support for all eating disorders. They host free virtual therapist-led Family Support Groups and have a national, interactive database for finding eating disorder care. www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com

    The National Alliance for Eating Disorders also has a free therapist-led virtual support group for Friends & Family. You can join and participate as much or as little as you need – listening is OK too. www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/eating-disorder-support-groups-and-programs

    F.E.A.S.T. – Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders – A global community offering support, education, and empowerment to families of people affected by eating disorders. www.feast-ed.org

    National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) – This is a non-profit organization devoted to preventing eating disorders, providing treatment referrals, and increasing education and understanding of eating disorders, weight, and body image. www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

    ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) – This is a national non-profit organization that provides free peer support services to anyone struggling with an eating disorder. anad.org

    Project HEAL – This is a national non-profit organization focused on equitable treatment access for those with eating disorders needing treatment. www.theprojectheal.org

    Books:

    When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating.
    By Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD

    Overcoming Binge Eating: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop – 2nd Edition.
    By Christopher G. Fairburn

    Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder – 2nd Edition.
    By James Lock, Daniel Le Grange

    How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food.
    By Casey Crosbie, Wendy Sterling

    Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens.
    By Fiona Fisher Bullivant, Sharleen Woods

    Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method – 2nd Edition.
    By Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith, Anna Crane

    Survive FBT (Family Based Treatment): Skills Manual for Parents Undertaking Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Child and Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa.
    By Maria Ganci

    Off the C.U.F.F.: A Parent Skills Book for the Management of Disordered Eating.
    By Dr. Nancy L. Zucker

    Throwing Starfish Across the Sea: A pocket-sized care package for the parents of someone with an eating disorder.
    By Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, Charlotte Bevan

    Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia.
    By Harriet Brown

    Telling ED No!: And Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom.
    By Cheryl Kerrigan, Thom Rutledge

    Life Without ED – 10th Edition: How one Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too.
    By Jenni Schaefer

    Goodbye ED, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life.
    By Jenni Schaefer


    See our Resources for Families page for more.


Ask for help. You are not alone. Begin your journey to recovery today.

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March 4, 2024

Eating Disorder Facts

Eating disorder facts

We deeply understand that knowledge is a cornerstone of the journey towards recovery from an eating disorder. With this understanding, we’ve gathered facts about eating disorders, along with the latest statistics and insights. This carefully curated resource is designed to shed light on the nuances of eating disorders, offering clarity and support to those navigating this challenging path.

Here, you’ll find a comprehensive exploration of eating disorder facts and the hopeful pathways to recovery. Our guide is more than just a collection of information. It’s a source of empowerment and enlightenment, crafted with the compassion and individualized care for which The Emily Program is known.

This guide has been designed to help you discover understanding, solace, and the tools necessary for recovery. At The Emily Program, we believe in the transformative power of informed awareness and the strength of embracing the journey with knowledge and hope by your side.

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Eating disorders do not discriminate

Eating disorders affect every gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. People from children to seniors may have eating disorders. Their struggles with food disrupt the health and well-being of the individual, as well as that of their families and their communities.

Eating disorders manifest across a wide spectrum of behaviors

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are not the only eating disorders. Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder (BED), combined with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) are actually more prevalent than anorexia or bulimia.

Eating disorders are prevalent

Eating disorder statistics show that there are more struggling than you may realize. In the U.S. alone, more than 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder.

Among adolescents, eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness. Eating disorders are as prevalent or more prevalent than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. All deserve timely treatment, but eating disorder treatment resources are far less available than those for other serious illnesses.

Eating disorders are often accompanied by other illness

Eating disorder statistics show that people with eating disorders are also struggling with other issues, including substance use disorder (SUD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse history, depression, anxiety disorder, and other health issues.

Eating disorders are not a choice

Eating disorders aren’t a choice, behavior problem, or lack of willpower. An eating disorder is an illness with biological and genetic roots that are influenced by culture.

People with eating disorders may soothe their discomfort, stress, uncertainty, pain, sadness, or desires with food until their health—and maybe their life—is in danger. Many people who are recovered from eating disorders say their illness functioned as a companion—but that the relationship was abusive and destructive. Eating disorder rituals offered an illusory sense of stability, reliability, predictability, and control. But the illness also had characteristics of an abusive relationship, as disordered behaviors and thinking reinforce misconceptions and beliefs—leading the person to feel trapped in unhappiness and serious danger.

Eating disorders are tough to live with

Interacting with a loved one struggling with eating disorder symptoms can be difficult. Family and friends may worry that they won’t “do it right.” Remember, family and friends are important resources for a loved one’s recovery.

Eating disorders are deadly serious

In the U.S., someone dies every 52 minutes as a direct result of an eating disorder.

Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric disorder, second only to opioid use disorder. For females between 15 and 24 who suffer from anorexia, the mortality rate is 12 times higher than all other causes of death, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Anorexia and bulimia can result in heart failure, suicide, early-onset osteoporosis, amenorrhea, kidney failure, pancreatitis, and other serious problems. Binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating can lead to Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other illnesses.

Eating disorders affect people of all genders

There is a stereotype that only women experience eating disorders. In reality, eating disorders affect people of all genders, including men, transgender people, and non-binary people. Approximately 10 percent of people with eating disorders are male, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some males with an eating disorder want to lose weight, while others want to gain weight or “bulk up,” raising the risk for steroid or substance use to increase muscle mass.

Gender-expansive individuals—which describes a variety of gender identities that do not fit within the constraints of cisgender (an individual whose assigned sex at birth matches their gender identity) or binary gender identities (woman or man)—can have a higher chance of forming disordered eating habits or an eating disorder for a variety of reasons, including discrimination, stigma, and prejudice. There are specific difficulties that each group within the gender-expansive umbrella face. For example, transgender people may feel pressure from society to fulfill the unrealistic body ideals of their specific gender identity.

Eating Disorders Can Have a Larger Impact

Eating disorder statistics reveal a troubling reality, with these conditions impacting millions globally across all demographics, challenging the misconception that they are merely a choice or phase. The prevalence of “Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder” (OSFED) underscores the diversity and complexity of eating disorders, which often elude traditional diagnostic categories like anorexia or bulimia. 

In the U.S. alone, eating disorder statistics indicate that around 30 million individuals will encounter an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Alarmingly, 80% of those affected may never seek the treatment they need due to stigma, limited access, or unawareness of the severity of their condition. The economic impact is staggering, with the cost of eating disorders in the U.S. exceeding $65 billion annually, reflecting both direct treatment expenses and broader societal impacts such as lost productivity. 

With the highest mortality rate among mental health conditions, these statistics underscore the critical need for accessible treatment and the importance of dismantling barriers to care.

Recovery From Eating Disorders is Possible

The Emily Program recognizes the unique nature of each person’s journey through eating disorder recovery, offering tailored treatment options to meet diverse needs:

Residential Care

Day Programs

Outpatient Services

Virtual Care

Our approach ensures anyone facing an eating disorder receives the necessary support, guidance, and care, regardless of their recovery stage or situation.

We advise starting with our self-assessment quiz to gauge the need for professional help. Our team is committed to offering the support, care, and expertise needed for recovery.

If you’re considering taking the first step towards healing from an eating disorder, contact us at 1-888-364-5977 for an assessment. At The Emily Program, our mission is to provide exceptional care and help individuals reclaim their lives from eating disorders.

For more information about eating disorders and our services, please contact us. We’re here to help.

January 5, 2021

Peace Meal Podcast

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Peace Meal, a podcast by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative

Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking. Join host Dr. Jillian Lampert as she sits down with experts in the field and those experiencing recovery for themselves.

If you enjoy our show, please rate, review, subscribe, and tell your friends!

You can find Peace Meal on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts.

Interested in being a guest on Peace Meal? Email podcast@emilyprogram.com if you would like to share your story.

September 12, 2018

Warning Signs

Is it an eating disorder?

The warning signs of eating disorders are sometimes hard to detect, especially since behaviors are often intentionally kept hidden. Some eating disorder symptoms to watch for include dramatic calorie reduction, purging behaviors, uncontrollable overeating, and/or unrelenting distress about body weight and shape. The Emily Program treats all types of eating disorders in people of all ages and genders.

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What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is a complex mental health condition that profoundly affects an individual’s relationship with food and body image. It encompasses a range of disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. These are not just about food but involve emotional and psychological aspects, leading to unhealthy eating behaviors and severe distress about body weight and shape.

Eating disorders are characterized by extreme disturbances in eating habits and can manifest as excessive food restriction, binge eating, or purging behaviors. They are serious and potentially life-threatening conditions that impact people of all ages, genders, and races. That is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder so that they can be detected early.

It’s crucial to recognize that eating disorders are more than just a phase or a lifestyle choice. They are serious mental health conditions requiring professional intervention. Early detection and treatment can make a significant difference in recovery outcomes.

Know the signs and symptoms of eating disorders

An eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, is a mental illness that affects an individual’s eating habits and can cause severe distress about body weight and shape. A person’s disturbed eating patterns may include inadequate nutrition or periods of excessive food intake. Eating disorders are serious, potentially deadly conditions that can affect any age, gender, or race. If you or someone you love is struggling with food, schedule an eating disorder assessment with The Emily Program today or call us at 1-888-364-5977 for real help. And real hope.


Eating disorder signs and symptoms

Eating disorders affect a person physically, behaviorally, emotionally, and psychologically. Prominent signs of an eating disorder include:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss

  • Frequently talking about food, weight, and shape

  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake

  • Excessive or compulsive exercise patterns

  • Purging, restricting, binge eating, or compulsive eating

  • Abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics

  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite the concerns of others

  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting meals, or feeling out of control with food

  • Medical complications, such as menstrual irregularity, dizziness, fainting, bruising, dry skin, leg cramps, hair loss, brittle hair, osteoporosis, diarrhea, constipation, dental problems, diabetes, chest pain, heart disease, heartburn, shortness of breath, organ failure, and other serious symptoms

Understanding and recognizing the early signs of an eating disorder is a critical step in seeking timely and effective treatment. Early detection of eating disorder symptoms can significantly alter the course of recovery, offering a greater chance for a healthier future. When individuals and their loved ones are educated about the signs of an eating disorder, they are better equipped to seek help before the condition progresses. This proactive approach not only mitigates the severe physical and psychological impacts but also addresses the underlying issues that contribute to the disorder.

It’s essential to take any warning signs seriously and consider them as a prompt to seek professional guidance. Early intervention is a powerful tool in the journey toward healing and recovery, emphasizing the importance of vigilance and responsiveness to the initial indicators of an eating disorder.

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Boys and men struggle with food, too

Research shows that 10–25% of the individuals experiencing an eating disorder are male. However, men tend to express their concerns in distinct ways. For example, men may say they want to lose weight to decrease body fat, while women may talk about losing weight to be thin. Men may want to increase muscle mass; women may become smaller. Restricted nutritional intake and over-exercising are common eating disorder symptoms among males.

Eating Disorders Treated By The Emily Program

The Emily Program offers a comprehensive range of personalized eating disorder treatment options meticulously crafted to address various eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Our approach is designed to cater to the unique needs of each individual, providing a supportive and nurturing environment conducive to recovery.

For individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa, characterized by an intense fear of weight gain and a distorted body image, The Emily Program provides comprehensive treatment. Our approach is designed to guide individuals toward recovery, addressing the complex psychological aspects of this disorder.

We also specialize in treating bulimia nervosa, a disorder marked by cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting (purging) or excessive exercise. Our treatment plans for bulimia nervosa focus on interrupting these cycles and addressing the underlying emotional and psychological factors.

Our treatment services extend to those dealing with binge eating disorder, characterized by episodes of excessive food consumption often triggered by negative emotions and a perceived lack of control over eating. We provide a supportive environment where individuals can learn to manage these triggers and develop healthier eating habits.

Additionally, we offer care for compulsive overeating, where individuals engage in frequent episodes of excessive eating unrelated to physical hunger. This condition can lead to weight gain and additional health concerns, and our treatment plans are tailored to address these challenges.

Our facility also provides treatment for conditions like OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) and ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), ensuring a comprehensive approach to eating disorder care.

The Emily Program offers a spectrum of services, including residential treatment, partial hospitalization programming (PHP)/intensive day programming (IDP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient. These options cater to every stage of the recovery journey, ensuring continuity of care and support.

September 7, 2018

Related Mental Health Issues

Related Mental Health Issues

The Emily Program helps individuals of all genders struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED, ARFID, and other mental health and body image issues. Our personalized treatment plans provide support for co-occurring conditions for whole-body healing so you can lead a full, healthy life.

Eating disorders and other mental health issues often present together

Eating disorders often present with a second disorder, including substance use disorder, anxiety, trauma, or depression. We believe that simultaneously providing support for co-occurring conditions is the most effective approach for a lifetime of recovery.

At The Emily Program, our team of medical providers, therapists, dietitians, and support staff brings decades of experience to addressing co-occurring disorders. We understand the complexity of dealing with multiple mental health issues.

We provide a multidisciplinary and integrative care approach that combines our evidence-based treatment with personalized care. Typically, support at The Emily Program includes:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • 12-step facilitation (as needed)
  • Nutritional rehabilitation, therapeutic meals, and snacks
  • Medical and psychiatric services
  • Art and yoga therapy

Read more about the link between eating disorders and other mental health diagnoses here.

September 7, 2018

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

People struggling with food issues may not show all the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or compulsive overeating. It’s okay. At The Emily Program, we recognize and treat Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED).

If you or someone you know needs help with OSFED, reach out today.

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OSFED encompasses anyone struggling with food

Not everyone with an eating disorder fits neatly into one group. Sometimes it’s a combination of the disorders, symptoms present to a greater or lesser degree, or a completely unique struggle with feeding, food, exercising, or body image that impairs the health and well-being of an individual. Some conditions and symptoms within OSFED include:

  • Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal)
  • Bulimia nervosa (with less frequent behaviors)
  • Binge eating disorder (with less frequent occurrences)
  • Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)
  • Night eating syndrome (excessive nighttime food consumption)

All of these conditions and symptoms associated with OSFED pose serious emotional, psychological, and physical health risks. And all of them deserve attention.

Read more about OSFED here


OSFED Treatment at The Emily Program

Embarking on the path to recovery with OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders) necessitates a nuanced, specialized approach, and The Emily Program can be as a pivotal player in this journey, providing a robust framework for OSFED treatment.

Key Components of Our OSFED Treatment Approach:

  • Multidisciplinary Care: The Emily Program adopts a holistic, integrative strategy, catering to individuals across all backgrounds and addressing many eating disorders, including OSFED, anorexiabulimiacompulsive overeating, and binge eating.
  • Customized OSFED Treatment Plans: Acknowledging the unique trajectory of each individual’s experience with OSFED, our programs are meticulously crafted to align with each client’s age, health conditions, and specific treatment requisites.
  • In-depth Exploration: Our methodology seeks to comprehend the underlying causes of eating-related challenges, often intertwined with personal experiences, lifestyle, and upbringing, ensuring that our OSFED treatment is compassionate and effective.
  • Comprehensive Health Perspective: The Emily Program recognizes that eating disorders, including OSFED, often coexist with other health conditions, be they physical ailments like diabetes or mental health issues such as anxiety. Our expansive expertise enables us to navigate these interconnected challenges, facilitating a comprehensive path to recovery.

For those navigating the complexities of OSFED, The Emily Program is a guiding light, offering the support for and a healthier, brighter future.

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Diverse Treatment Modalities at The Emily Program

Understanding that the recovery journey from OSFED is deeply personal and varies for each individual, The Emily Program offers a variety of treatment options:

  • Residential Treatment: For those who need 24/7 care and a structured environment, our residential treatment program offers intensive support and medical monitoring, therapeutic meals, continuous supervision, individual and group therapies, and personalized care plans tailored to each client’s specific needs.
  • Day Treatment: Designed for individuals who require structured daily support without needing an overnight stay, these programs include individual therapy, group therapy, and therapeutic meals allowing clients to return home in the evenings.
  • Outpatient Treatment: Catering to those who have advanced in their recovery journey or require a lower level of care our outpatient treatment offers flexibility, enabling clients to attend therapy sessions, nutrition counseling, and group therapies based on a schedule that fits into our clients’ everyday lives.
  • Virtual Treatment: In alignment with the dynamic needs of today’s world, The Emily Program provides virtual treatment options, ensuring clients can access support, counseling, and therapy sessions from their homes, enhancing the accessibility and convenience of treatment.

Each treatment modality is crafted with the utmost care, ensuring that individuals grappling with OSFED receive the support, guidance, and care they need, irrespective of their circumstances or stage of recovery.


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