New Study Supports Link to Earlier Death among Individuals with Eating Disorders

Premature Discharge from a Hospital Program Cited as a Key Risk Factor

Feb 16, 2016, 08:02 ET from Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a silent killer. In the U.S. 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives.1 If not properly treated, eating disorders can have life-threatening consequences. In fact, a recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders reports that individuals with eating disorders are at increased risk of death compared to the general population. And people with anorexia nervosa had a five times greater mortality rate than peers their same age. The study also cited premature discharge from a treatment program as a key risk factor in earlier death rates. During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—February 21 through February 27, 2016 – Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS), a new, individualized recovery support program, is offering free consultations to discuss the critical need for ongoing and consistent support. EDRS offers 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, because sometimes a hospital program or treatment center is just not enough.

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. And, 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

"The road to recovery extends past treatment. At EDRS we know that having the proper support during early recovery is vital," says Greta Gleissner, Co-founder and Executive Director of Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists.  "EDRS provides one-on-one care and step-by-step guidance in all stages of the recovery process, to help bridge the gap between treatment and one's environment and help create a meaningful life outside of the eating disorder."

The focus of this year's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week campaign is on early detection and intervention. Often, eating disorders go unrecognized until someone's health is at significant risk. Despite anorexia and bulimia being most commonly talked about, there are many disorders that are prevalent. EDRS provides transitional recovery support for all eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, 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, and to request a free consultation, visit

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.


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