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Eating Disorders Survey

Survey Results – The Positive Effects of Residential Treatment For Eating Disorders Are Minimal!

photo used under a creative commons license In analyzing the current results from my survey regarding the effects residential treatment has had on individuals taking the survey, only 16% acknowledged that residential treatment had a positive impact on their disorder. Over half of the respondents said that minimal changes resulted from residential treatment, and that, “my relationship with food did not improve during or after treatment and I still have the same symptoms.” Finally, a whopping 70% (combining the last four categories) stated that their eating disorder either worsened or that they developed another eating disorder after receiving residential treatment! If you have not yet taken the survey please do!      *These results are based upon 260 responses. Let’s ...

Swimming Into a Cultural Health Crisis

photo used under a creative commons license Many people would say that we are becoming less and less healthy as a nation because we overindulge. On the surface, this appears to be a safe assumption. At present we have the distinction of being one of the top ten countries in the world for overweight adults! Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the population at large with a whopping 60% of all adults being overweight and one out of four being morbidly obese. Break out the numbers specifically for the aging Baby Boomers and the stats are even more distressing- practically three out of four mature U.S. adults are classified as overweight or obese. But the worst part is that obesity ...

Incidence and Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

The US Dept of Health and Human Services task force reports: 10 million females and 1 million males have life threatening eating disorders 87 percent are children and adolescents under the age of twenty By age 13, 10% of girls had reported the use of self-induced vomiting Risk Factors for Different Groups   Teens: Early puberty is a primary risk factor for the onset of eating disorders among teens. Males: The number of males with eating disorders has doubled in the past 10 years, certain sports, homosexuality Women: Increasing numbers of women aged 20 – 50 seeking help for eating disorders they have harbored secretly for twenty or thirty years.   Health Consequences of Eating Disorders:   Eating disorders are ...
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