Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders affect millions of people every year. To break it down more specifically, let’s look at the statistics of lifetime prevalence of eating disorders in women and men:

  • 7 in 200 women and 4 in 200 men will struggle with Binge Eating Disorder at some point during their lives
  • 3 in 200 women and 1 in 200 men will struggle with Bulimia Nervosa at some point during their lives
  • 2 in 200 women and 1 in 300 men will struggle with Anorexia Nervosa at some point during their lives
  • Anorexia Nervosa also has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Studies indicate an estimated 10% of individuals with Anorexia Nervosa will die within ten years of onset of the disorder.

(Sullivan, P. (2002). Course and outcome of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In Fairburn, C. G. & Brownell, K. D. (Eds.). Eating Disorders and Obesity (pp. 226-232). New York, New York: Guilford.)

We know that a variety of factors contribute to the development of an eating disorder including (but not limited to) societal pressures, neurobiology, trauma histories, family dynamics, and high levels of stress. Regardless of the type of eating disorder, eating disorders largely serve one purpose: to assist us with coping with what is going on around us or inside us, ultimately helping us to feel better.

Unnervingly, attempts to help ourselves feel better through weight control are relatively common, particularly among our youth. In a study by Project EAT of 5,000 teens, more than half of all girls and one-third of all boys in the study engaged in unhealthy behaviors to control their weight (i.e., skipping meals, fasting, vomiting, or smoking to control appetite). The danger in this has been proven to be significant. A study on the onset of adolescent eating disorders over three years suggests that girls who engage in weight control practices are 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder within six months than non-dieters and have almost a 20% chance of developing an eating disorder within one year.

Patton, G. C., Selzer, R., Coffey, C., Carlin, J. B. & Wolfe, R. (1999). Onset of adolescent eating disorders: population based cohort study over 3 years. British Medical Journal, 318, 765-768.

How does Magnolia Creek address the treatment of eating disorders to help our clients find relief in other, safer ways?

  1. We honor our clients as experts on their life and in their treatment. We are here as resources to utilize as you navigate your recovery journey.
  2. We acknowledge that your eating disorder has served a valid purpose for you. We collaborate with you to find other ways to cope with life stressors and expectations.
  3. We work with our clients to identify and to process contributing factors to the development of their eating disorder through individual therapy with Masters level clinicians.
  4. We foster shame resilience through group therapy to promote opportunities to interact with peers and feel less alone in our struggles.
  5. We partner each client with a dietitian to develop an individualized meal plan to honor and nourish the needs of your body to help it function at its best.
  6. We engage our clients in the community to identify new coping skills, allow opportunities to practice skills learned in treatment, and to have fun.
  7. We work with our clients to expand their support system to ensure continued support post-discharge.

Learn more about ways we approach various eating disorders at Magnolia Creek by visiting our pages here: 


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