Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Eating Disorder Treatment for Males in St. Louis, MO, & Kansas City, KS

McCallum Place provides comprehensive eating disorder treatment for individuals of all genders, including adult men and adolescent boys. We offer personalized programming for boys, men, and individuals of all other gender identities at treatment centers in St. Louis, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.

What About When Eating Disorders Strike Males?

Males are seeking treatment for eating disorders in increasing numbers. Over the past few decades, the male body has been an area of increasing media attention. Men are more concerned about physique and fitness and this can drive extreme dieting and exercise or purging behavior that puts them at increased risk.

Unfortunately, eating disorders in males may be missed by professionals, family members, and friends. Males seem to have the same temperament as females at risk including perfectionism, rigidity, avoidance and obsessionality associated with anorexia or attention deficit and impulsivity associated with binge eating and bulimia. Males are less likely to describe a sense of loss of control associated with binge eating. Young adult men are somewhat more likely to also struggle with binge drinking associated with bulimia. Males who struggle with eating disorders may focus more on muscularity than on thinness (muscle dysmorphia).

Males may feel ashamed to discuss their struggles with others for fear of judgment or misunderstanding. Males often show osteopenia or even osteoporosis or growth retardation if they have restricted during their teenage years.

Facts & Information About Eating Disorders in Men

In the past, eating disorders were considered to be only a problem for young women. We now understand that eating disorders affect individuals of all ages and genders, including boys and men. Current estimates are that several million men in the U.S. struggle with some form of serious eating disorder. Due to misconceptions, many physicians are unaware of the signs of eating disorders in men and miss the diagnosis. Although anorexia nervosa is less prevalent in men, males suffer with the same symptoms including self-starvation, an excessive fear of becoming fat and compulsive living patterns. Boys with anorexia nervosa are particularly vulnerable to bone loss and growth retardation during their teenage years. Bulimia nervosa and body image disturbances occur much more frequently in men than previously understood. Binge eating disorder, muscle dysmorphia and exercise addiction occur about as frequently in men as in women. Eating disorders in males, as in females are associated with underlying stress, transitions, perfectionism, depression, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Although the core symptoms of eating disorders are similar in men and women, the specific symptoms may present differently. Body dissatisfaction is driven by cultural ideals, which are different for men and women. The culturally defined ideal body type for men is to have a defined muscular body shape with broad shoulders. Young men are becoming focused on muscular definition, even when not associated with fitness. Thus, men with eating disorders who want to have bigger muscles may engage in excessive weight training, nutritional supplementation and steroid abuse. Increasingly, our culture emphasizes weight control by exercise, especially for males. Males with eating disorders may have a strong desire to achieve a very lean body weight, but weight loss can also be driven by health concerns or an attempt to enhance athletic performance or physical appearance.

Risk Factors for Eating Disorders Among Males

While anyone can develop an eating disorder, some men are more at risk than others.  Men and boys who participate in certain sports like wrestling, body building, dancing, rowing, gymnastics, swimming, and running are more likely to struggle with eating disorders because those activities burn energy, but also often focus on physical appearance and body weight.  McCallum Place has special eating disorder treatment programs for athletes that tackle the physical and emotional issues that come with sports participation

There are a number of risk factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders in men. These can include a societal focus on the “ideal” body shape, size, and physical appearance. Or, a number of common athletic activities and occupations, can put men at increased risk by leading to an imbalance in energy and exercise or an increased focus on body weight. These activities include:

  • Bodybuilding
  • Wrestling
  • Dancing
  • Ice skating
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Rowing
  • Gymnastics
  • Horse racing

Other contributing factors that can lead to eating disorders or unhealthy weight control problems in men include negative family patterns, such as parents stressing extreme or unhealthy levels of fitness and athleticism, and when coupled with media influences, the pressure to be trim and fit increases. Traumatic events, such as abuse can also lead to the development of eating disorders among boys and men.

Next Steps

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, McCallum Place offers free, confidential pre-admission assessments to help determine which level of care may be appropriate.

During the hardest times of your life McCallum Place is very comforting and you feel like you’re at home and you’re truly cared for.

– 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
  • Washington University in St. Louis