McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers in St. Louis and Kansas City treat men and adolescent boys with eating disorders. Many intensive treatments for those struggling with eating disorders have been designed with only women in mind, but McCallum Place is different. Boys and men in groups with only women may feel a mismatch with their experience and that of other group members so we have developed special gender specific programming for our male patients.
We offer treatment designed with the needs of men in mind. The basics of treatment remain the same whether the individual is male or female: assessment and management of medical consequences of the unhealthy behavior, establish and follow an adequate meal plan, address the psychological issues that sustain the eating disorder, rule out any co-occurring mood disorders, evaluate co-morbid conditions and look at the safety and possible use of medication. Working with a professional who has experience and understands the male variants of an eating disorder can also be uniquely beneficial.
One of the most useful experiences is to learn from others who are confronting the same challenges, i.e. other men who have eating and weight concerns. Realizing that there are others with the same issues and worries can be therapeutic. At Webster Wellness Professionals, our Clinical Director, Randall C. Flanery, Ph.D., has worked with males with eating and weight concerns for over 25 years. He is also the facilitator of a weekly psychotherapy group for males with eating disorders. Furthermore, we have experienced psychiatrists and family medicine doctors who have many years experience treating eating disorders in boys and men.