Once again, Rogers Memorial Hospital is leading the way through published outcomes research. The October issue of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention will feature “Treatment Issues and Outcomes for Males with Eating Disorders” by Theodore E. Weltzin, MD, FAED, the Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services, and colleagues from the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital.
Presenting research that covers critical issues in treating males with eating disorders, the article includes outcome data for 111 males who received residential treatment for moderate to severe eating disorders. Noting that the focus is on males because they are often not included in eating disorders research (patients have been predominantly female), the abstract adds “Whether this is due to actual lower prevalence of this disorder among males or to fewer males seeking treatment is not clear.” The data indicates co-occurring conditions, excessive exercise, body image concerns, sexuality and spirituality can contribute to eating disorders among males. The good news, however, is that treatment outcomes have been positive.