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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Treatment for Emotional Eating

McCallum Place is a nationally acclaimed eating disorder treatment center that has helped change the lives of individuals who struggle with emotional eating. Proudly serving St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, McCallum Place is the premier provider of eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults of all genders.

Emotional eating is when a person uses food as an attempt to control, monitor, and cope with negative feelings or thoughts. Because emotional eating typically results in overeating, it can often lead to poor self-esteem, unwanted weight gain, and obesity. If you recognize emotional eating patterns in yourself, treatment can help you overcome it. The best approach to stop emotional eating will include treatment for the underlying emotional causes and factors related to emotional eating patterns as well as treatment for behavioral issues.

Treatment to Help Stop Emotional Eating

If you are asking the question “how do I stop emotional eating?”, you need to first understand that emotional eating is not simply an eating pattern that can be stopped with a diet, and it is related to deeper emotional and mental problems. Emotional eating is caused by an inability to cope with emotional issues and problems. Individuals who experience emotional eating patterns use food as their primary tool for dealing with distress and regulating emotions.

Therefore, when you receive treatment to stop emotional eating, you will not only need to learn and establish healthy eating patterns and behaviors, but you will also need to address emotional issues. This can be done by working with a psychotherapist who will help you learn to develop positive and healthy coping strategies in order to stop emotional eating patterns.

Your primary goals during treatment to stop emotional eating include:

  • Reconnect with the body experiences and with emotions
  • Identify the difference between physical and emotional hunger
  • Increase your capacity to tolerate feelings
  • Encourage healthy coping behaviors for negative emotions and thoughts
  • Focus on interpersonal relationship problems, learn how to communicate needs and set boundaries with others
  • Improve body image
  • Learn self-care
  • Identify cognitive distortions
  • Address perfectionism and “all or nothing” thinking
  • Recognize recovery as a process filled with ups and downs

If you or a loved one is suffering from emotional eating contact McCallum Place to learn about our eating disorder treatment programs in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Come in with an open mind and remember your goals, the person you want to be. It’s a second chance at life!

– 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