Revolutionary Program for Eating Disorders Opens in US; Has High Success Rates

Oct 07, 2004, 01:00 ET from The US Mandometer Clinic for Eating Disorders

    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The first US clinic using a
 revolutionary treatment program for eating disorders has opened in San Diego,
 CA.  This innovative new program called Mandometer Treatment, developed in
 Sweden, has shown a remarkable 75 percent success rate among those with eating
 disorders, including anorexia and bulimia.
     This nutritional program teaches patients to eat normally and recognize
 natural feelings of satiety using a patented computer-based biofeedback
 system.  First, the rate at which a normal person would eat a meal and the
 amount eaten to become satiated is programmed into the Mandometer.  Over time,
 patients learn to eat normally using this feedback and adapt eating speed and
 satiety to curves displayed on the computer monitor.
     "Most patients treated to remission with our method recover from their
 eating disorders," said Cecilia Bergh, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center
 for Eating Disorders in Sweden and president of Mandometer Inc.  "Other
 medical treatments for eating disorders have, at best, a 50 percent recovery
 rate, and a very high relapse rate."
     Treatment time averages about 12 months and, based on published research
 studies, a remarkable 93 percent of Mandometer(R) patients in Sweden remain
 well for a minimum of one year.
     A multi-disciplinary team at the Clinic is comprised of medical experts in
 gastroenterology, pediatrics, family practice, endocrinology, internal
 medicine, psychiatry and psychology.  To start the program, patients are
 assessed by a doctor.  The most seriously ill are treated first as an
 inpatient at a local hospital under attentive direction of Mandometer's San
 Diego Medical Director Louis Maletz, M.D.
     Nearly all of those battling an eating disorder are women.  The
 Mandometer(R) team treats several of the widely accepted symptoms of eating
 disorders, including abnormal eating behavior with no true sense of satiety,
 low body temperature, an extreme or fanatical level of physical activity and a
 disordered social life.  "Eating disorders are very difficult to treat,
 afflicting more than 5 million Americans and more than 14 million people
 worldwide," explains
     Per Sodersten, professor of the Section of Applied Neuroendocrinology at
 Karolinska Institute, and Bergh developed this treatment in 1991 at the Center
 for Eating Disorders in Sweden.  Data from the Mandometer(R) program is used
 for research and to substantiate success rates at the clinic.
     The Mandometer(R) program in Sweden is an extremely effective program with
 100 patients presently in treatment and 200 others waiting to be treated,
 reports Bergh.  For more information visit or call
   The US Mandometer(R) Clinic for Eating Disorders, a subsidiary of Swedish
   company AB Mando, offers treatment for anorexia, bulimia and other eating
  disorders.  This innovative program has a 75 percent success and 10 percent
   relapse rate.  The US Mandometer Clinic for Eating Disorders is located at
                11777 Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego, CA 92128.
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