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.

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Muscle Dysmorphia Treatment Center in St. Louis, MO & Kansas City

McCallum Place is a nationally acclaimed eating disorder treatment center that has helped change the lives of individuals who struggle with muscle dysmorphia. 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.

What is Muscle Dysmorphia?

Muscle Dysmorphia, also commonly referred to as reverse anorexia or bigorexia, is a disorder in which a person constantly worries and obsesses about being too small or underdeveloped. This disorder has been nicknamed bigorexia, or reverse anorexia, because people suffering from this disorder appear to have the opposite problem of someone suffering from anorexia, whose distorted mental image says that they need to achieve an impossible and deadly level of thinness. Therefore, people suffering from muscle dysmorphia will typically have an extremely large muscle mass, and in fact, will even appear to be at the peak of fitness. Often people suffering from muscle dysmorphia are professional body builders or amateur athletes who compete in body building competitions.

Muscle dysmorphia is similar to anorexia because it is a form of body dysmorphic disorder that results in a variety of obsessive-compulsive behaviors regarding diet and fitness. Individuals suffering from muscle dysmorphia constantly obsess over their physical imperfections and this perceived inadequacy can affect many areas of the person’s life. These feelings of inadequacy and a strong dissatisfaction with body image ultimately lead many to seek eating disorder treatment. However, for anyone suffering from muscle dysmorphia, it is important to receive treatment in order to avoid the dangerous side effects that can result from long term muscle dysmorphia. Potential side effects and medical complications that can result from muscle dysmorphia include damaged muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons, or ligaments due to compulsive weight-lifting regimens and the inability to allow muscles to rest or recover from minor irritations or injury. If you are looking for treatment programs for muscle dysmorphia, please call McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers today.

Who is at Risk for Muscle Dysmorphia?

There has been limited research on muscle dysmorphia, so exact causes and triggers for this disorder have not yet been pinpointed. Muscle dysmorphia can occur in individuals of all genders. Additionally, both frequent gym-goers and bodybuilders are popular candidates for developing muscle dysmorphic disorder. It is believed that this exercise addiction can result in the development of muscle dysmorphia or bigorexia. Similarly, recent studies have shown that approximately 10% of the men who are obsessive gym-goes suffer from muscle dysmorphia.

Other situations that may increase the risk factor for developing muscle dysmorphia include:

  • Work environments where weight, image, and appearance is an important factor, such as in modeling, acting, ice skating, dancing, or body building
  • A history of being bullied or teased in childhood
  • Past trauma including seeing a mother experience domestic violence

Signs of Bigorexia

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from bigorexia, it is important to look for main signs and indicators of bigorexia in order to determine if it might be more than just a dedication to healthy working out and weightlifting. If you recognize the following signs of bigorexia in yourself or another individual, it is important to seek professional treatment as soon as possible. Signs to look for include:

  • An overwhelming belief that no matter how hard one tries, their body is never muscular enough
  • Frequently and compulsively looking at one’s self in the mirror
  • Maintaining a strict, usually high-protein and low-fat diet
  • A sense of disgust and disappointment in one’s physical appearance
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide the size of one’s body
  • Using steroids or other body building products
  • Missing social events, skipping work, and ignoring family obligations in order to workout
  • Avoiding situations where one’s body might be exposed such as at the beach or pool
  • Working out even when injured or in pain often resulting in even greater injury
  • Using excessive amounts of food supplements
  • Maintaining extreme workout methods

Receiving Treatment for Muscle Dysmorphia

Muscle dysmorphia is a curable type of body dysmorphic disorder, and therefore, individuals suffering from this illness can overcome the disorder with proper treatment. Because of the overwhelming and dangerous side effects of bigorexia, all of the individuals suffering from this disorder should undergo some form of treatment in order to return to a healthy lifestyle. During muscle dysmorphia treatment, the treatment team will help address underlying issues that may have caused the disorder. Additionally, individuals overcoming muscle dysmorphia are taught coping methods and behaviors for dealing with life’s stressors in healthy ways in order to overcome the illness and prevent relapse. Contact McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers to learn about our treatment programs for muscle dysmorphia in St. Louis and Kansas City.

I really appreciate that the staff validates my thoughts and feelings before trying to work on them. They don’t just say ‘that’s irritational, just stop!

– 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