Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Anorexia Health Risks, Medical Complications, and Statistics

Common Medical Complications and Risks of Anorexia

There are a number of potential complications and health risks of anorexia, which can commonly occur in individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa. These medical complications include minor side effects such as fatigue or lack of energy as well as major ongoing health problems or even death. Generally, the health risks of anorexia become more severe as the disorder progresses. Therefore, individuals suffering from anorexia should be treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk for serious long term complications.

The following are some of the less severe or minor health risks of anorexia that are commonly encountered in individuals suffering from this eating disorder.

  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Skin problems
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Dehydration
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Stomach pains
  • Decreased metabolic rate
  • Edema (water retention)
  • Growth or Lanugo (fine downy hair)
  • Amenorrhea (loss of menstruation)
  • Low testosterone in males
  • Irregular menses

More Severe Complications of Anorexia

Additionally, there are also some more severe health risks of anorexia that can occur especially if anorexia is left untreated for a longer period of time. Some of these health conditions can occur when someone is severely underweight; however, other serious conditions can occur as a result of some of the seemingly less severe health risks of anorexia. Several more severe medical complications for anorexia include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Low blood sugar
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Anemia
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Cathartic colon from laxative abuse
  • Low potassium, the most common cause of nocturnal cardiac arrest
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

If a person suffering from an eating disorder becomes extremely malnourished, the medical complications and health risks of anorexia can affect nearly every organ in the body. In severe cases, vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidneys can sustain damage. This damage may be permanent and irreversible even when the anorexia is under control.

Anorexia Statistics

Several noteworthy anorexia statistics are provided below.

  • Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • The average age of onset for an eating disorder is 11-13 years old
  • 5-10 million women and girls suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia in the United States
  • Approximately one million men and boys suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia in the United States
  • 86% of people with eating disorders report that the onset occurred before they reached the age of 20
  • Approximately 80% of women would like to lose weight
  • 50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe that they are overweight
  • 80% of 13 year old girls have dieted or attempted to lose weight
  • 20% of individuals who suffer from anorexia and do not receive treatment will die
  • The mortality rate due to anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate for all other causes of death in females from 15 to 24 years old
  • Anorexia Nervosa has the highest death rate of any mental illness
  • Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorder will receive treatment
  • 1-5% of female adolescents and young women are anorexic

Anorexia statistics can be used to provide important information for eating disorder specialists in order to determine possible causes and risk factors, warning signs, and the best treatment methods for anorexia. With this information, eating disorder treatment facilities such as McCallum Place, an eating disorder treatment center in St. Louis and Kansas City offering inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient eating disorder treatment programs, are able to better diagnose and treat patients suffering from eating disorders, including anorexia.

McCallum Place addresses all areas of your eating disorder. It’s so important to visit all these areas (physical, mental, emotional, and habitual) to fully understand your eating disorder and how to maintain your personal recovery.

– A Former Resident
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis