A Silent Killer on the Rise: U.S. Eating Disorder Cases Continue Alarming Upward Trend

New Online Resource Locates In-Home Support at the Click of a Mouse

Nov 19, 2015, 08:04 ET from Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the United States, 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and according to the National Eating Disorder Association, the rate of development of new cases has been increasing since 19501 – affecting everyone from teens to seniors. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical conditions that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males if not properly treated – they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.2 Now, an innovative individualized care option is available through Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS) at www.EatingDisorderSpecialists.com. EDRS offers a transitional support plan – the first and only program in the country to exclusively care for people suffering with eating disorders in the comfort and privacy of their own homes and communities.

Often, patients return from treatment to "real life" at home, school or work, and find that they are faced with many of the same challenges as before, but without the support and ongoing guidance they need to succeed. With a growing national network of clinically-trained professionals, including licensed therapists and dietitians, who have expertise in eating disorders, as well as a personal connection to recovery, it is easy to find quality in-home, campus and community care through www.EatingDisorderSpecialists.com. Simply search for your area, and a list of nearby clinicians who are willing to come to your home, college campus or community, anytime, 7 days a week, is right at your fingertips.

EDRS' unique approach to recovery support provides one-on-one care and step-by-step guidance in all stages of the recovery process, to help smooth the transition and bridge the gap between treatment and one's environment. EDRS provides supplemental meal support, clinical coaching, therapeutic exposures, life skills, and in-home cooking to clients who struggle with and are recovering from eating disorders.

"Recovery is a complex process that is unique to each person's experience with an eating disorder. Having enough support—especially when transitioning back into everyday life—is crucial to help prevent relapse," says Greta Gleissner, Co-founder and Executive Director of Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists. "EDRS partners with our clients in their home or community to help build a skill set for life, while maintaining long term recovery."

Eating disorders – defined as any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits – are serious, life-threatening illnesses. While the most commonly known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, there are many others that are prevailing, such as binge-eating disorder and orthorexia. Symptoms vary depending on each particular eating disorder, but certain eating patterns and behaviors may be a sign of a problem including: inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is too low; obsession with weight and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain; self-esteem overly related to body image; frequent occasions of consuming a very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain.3

EDRS provides transitional recovery support for all eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, orthorexia, bigorexia and unspecified feeding or eating disorder. To learn more about Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists and the services available, visit www.EatingDisorderSpecialists.com.

About Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists
Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS) is a nationwide company that provides transitional and supplemental eating disorder recovery services and support to help clients make seamless transitions through all stages of the recovery process. The EDRS team is composed of clinically-trained professionals, including licensed therapists and dietitians, who have expertise in eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, family therapy, and addiction.

  1. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/the-body-project-increasing-body-acceptance
  2. American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 152 (7), July 1995, p. 1073-1074, Sullivan, Patrick F.
  3. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/types-symptoms-eating-disorders

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