Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. To break it down more specifically, let’s look at the statistics of lifetime prevalence of eating disorders in women and men:

  • 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder in their lifetime
  • .9% of American women suffer from anorexia in their lifetime
  • 1.5% of American women suffer from Bulimia Nervosa in their lifetime
  • 2.8% of American adults suffer from Binge Eating disorder in their lifetime

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, controlling weight is one motivator for an eating disorder; another is being in control of something no one else can.

Many times, we see that the transition of eating disorder begins in adolescence and transfers into adulthood. In a study by Project EAT 2010 of 2,800 teens, 38% of males and 50% of females in the study used unhealthy weight control behaviors to control their weight (i.e., skipping meals, taking diet pills, and smoking more cigarettes to control appetite). A smaller percentage, but still concerning was 4% of males, and 7% of females in the study used extreme unhealthy weight control behaviors such as taking laxatives, vomiting, and fasting to control their weight.

At Magnolia Creek, our therapeutic environment is designed to provide a holistic treatment program to women over the age of 18 struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. We explore the issues and experiences related to eating disorders and challenge the thoughts and behaviors that prevent women from living their life fully.


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

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. We foster shame resilience through group therapy to promote opportunities to interact with peers and feel less alone in our struggles.
  4. 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.
  5. We engage our clients in the community to identify new coping skills, allow opportunities to practice skills learned in treatment, and to have fun.
  6. 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: