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ACUTE Medical Mondays

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An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. And when those disorders become severe, lives are on the line. As many as four out of five premature deaths in anorexia nervosa are a direct result of the physical effects of starvation.

At the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, it is our greatest mission to distribute the message about anorexia and bulimia and the serious, often times fatal medical complications that can arise from these devastating disorders. Each week we will examine health issues and medical complications that can be caused as a result of a severe eating disorder. 

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Social Work and Transitions of Care

Sara Nieder, LCSW & Jacqueline Grant, LCSW

We acknowledge and respect the courage it takes for an individual to make the first move toward recovery by coming to ACUTE. As recovery is often not a linear process, we know there can be a multitude of feelings and stressors attached to entering our level of care.

Electrolytes and Eating Disorders

During refeeding, the body needs lots of phosphate to safely build healthy tissues and get oxygen to all the cells; if there isn’t enough phosphate to go around, the consequences can be devastating.  Heart and lung failure are the most dreaded complications - unfortunately, these things sometimes happen when patients go through refeeding without close supervision.


Bulimia Nervosa and the Abuse of Stimulant Laxatives

Bulimia nervosa is a medical illness associated with binge eating episodes frequently followed by purging. Although purging can be accomplished through many behaviors and medications, laxatives have been found to be used by up to 75% of those suffering from this condition, with stimulant laxatives being the most commonly abused class of laxatives.

Severe Eating Disorders in Men

Historically, eating disorders are often portrayed as affecting primarily women. However, we now recognize that eating disorders affect a large number of men as well. In the United States, 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder within their lifetime.


Orthorexia Nervosa: A New Eating Disorder?

Most people are aware of the eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. These eating disorders are defined by whether the individual is at or below ideal body weight. Newer eating disorders in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association–5th edition (DSM-5) include Binge Eating disorder and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). But have you heard of Orthorexia Nervosa?