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Eating Disorders: Care & Misconceptions – The Local Show

August 25, 2019


JOINING ME NOW IS MARY BETH
BLACKWELL, DIRECTOR OF EATING
DISORDER RESOURCE CENTER AT   JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES
AND KORI HINTZ BONE,   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
RENEW COUNSELING CENTER,   AN INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM
FOR EATING DISORDERS BASED IN
OLATHE.   WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOU BOTH
BEING WITH US ON THE LOCAL SHOW.
BUT I STARTED THE PROGRAM   TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE
NO LONGER HAVE AN INPATIENT
TREATMENT FACILITY RIGHT HERE IN   KANSAS CITY.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PATIENTS
IN KANSAS CITY, MARY BETH?   WHAT THAT MEANS IS PATIENTS
HAVE TO GO TO THE EAST PART OF
THE STATE OF MISSOURI.   THERE ARE SOME RESIDENTIAL
FACILITIES THERE, AND THEY HAVE
TO GO TO DENVER OR TO TULSA TO   GET SOME TYPE OF INPATIENT
TREATMENT, NONE OF WHICH ARE
HIGH LEVEL CARE, ACUTE CARE   MEDICAL FACILITIES, WHICH WAS
WHAT WE HAD HERE AT RESEARCH.
AND YOUR JAW DROPPED WHEN YOU   HEARD THE NEWS, KORI?
YEAH.
I WAS REFERRING PEOPLE PRETTY   MUCH WEEKLY OR EVERY COUPLE OF
WEEKS TO INPATIENT, AND BEING
SOMETHING HERE IN KANSAS CITY   WAS REALLY NICE BECAUSE THE
FAMILY AND LOVED ONES COULD BE
EASILY INVOLVED, AND I FIND   THAT’S A KEY PIECE FOR SOMEONE
TO HEAL FROM A EATING DISORDER,
TO BE ABLE TO HAVE FAMILY   MEMBERS AGGRESSIVELY INVOLVED IN
THEIR TREATMENT.
SO NOW THAT THEY HAVE TO DRIVE   FOUR HOURS OR FLY ON AN
AIRPLANE FOR TREATMENT,   I THINK THAT’S A HUGE
LOSS FOR THE KANSAS CITY   AREA.
TALK TO ME ABOUT THE KINDS OF
PATIENTS THAT YOU’RE SEEING AT   YOUR OWN FACILITY AT RENEW IN
OLATHE.
WE JUST SAW MARTA IN THE VIDEO.   SOME PEOPLE HAVE A VIEW THAT
ANOREXIA, BULIMIA, EATING
DISORDERS IS A WHITE WOMAN’S, A   WELL-TO-DO PERSON’S DISORDER.
YEAH.
IN OUR PROGRAM RIGHT NOW, FOR   EXAMPLE, WE HAVE AN AFRICAN
AMERICAN WOMAN.
WE HAVE A COUPLE DIFFERENT   MALES, ONE IN THEIR 20s,
ANOTHER IN THEIR 40s.
YES, WE DO HAVE WHITE PEOPLE AS   WELL, BUT THERE ARE MORE AND
MORE — AN INCREASE IN THE
LIKELIHOOD OF STATISTICS OF NOT   JUST THE MIDDLE CLASS WHITE
AMERICANS WHO HAVE THIS.
DEFINITELY AN INCREASE.   HOW ABOUT YOU, MARY BETH?
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE COMING TO
YOUR DOORS?   WE HAVE QUITE A MIX.
WE HAVE — I HAVE QUITE A FEW
MALES ON MY CLIENT LIST, AND   TEENAGERS.
I ALSO HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF
ELDERLY, MEANING, LIKE, OVER THE   AGE OF 50, WHICH IS NOT A USUAL
DEMOGRAPHIC THAT YOU SEE IN
EATING DISORDERS, BUT IT   HAPPENS, AND IT’S THERE, AND WE
SEE AN ACTUAL INCREASE IN
POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN THAT THEY   MAY NOT HAVE AN EATING
DISORDER EARLY ON, BUT AS   THEY GO THROUGH MENOPAUSE,
DIVORCE OR CHILDREN   LEAVING HOME, THEY DEVELOP AN
EATING DISORDER LATER IN LIFE.
I HAVE A GOOD MIX OF THAT ON MY   CLIENT LIST AS WELL.
YOU ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE
FACT THAT YOU ARE SEEING MORE   BOYS COMING TO YOU TWO.
WHY IS THAT?
I THINK WITH MEN AND BOYS IN   GENERAL, THERE’S BEEN THIS
MISCONCEPTION THAT IT IS A
WOMAN’S DISEASE AND THERE HAS   BEEN SOME SHAME AND STIGMA
FOR SEEKING TREATMENT   FOR A WOMAN’S DISEASE,
SO A LOT OF MEN DON’T   GET TREATMENT, BUT ALSO A LOT OF
MEN MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE THEY
HAVE AN EATING DISORDER.   THEY FEEL LIKE MAYBE THEY’RE
WORKING OUT AND THEY’RE TRYING
TO BODY BUILD, AND MAYBE THEIR   TAKING STEROIDS OR SOME TYPE OF
SUPPLEMENTS, BUT THEY BECOME
OBSESSED WITH IT TO THE POINT   WHERE THEIR BODY WEIGHT GETS
VERY LOW OR THEIR BODY FAT
PERCENTAGE BECOMES EXTREMELY   LOW, AND THEY MAY USE
COMPENSATORY BEHAVIORS LIKE
PURGING OR USING LAXATIVES TO   MAINTAIN WEIGHT, AND THEY DON’T
EVEN REALIZE THEY HAVE AN EATING
DISORDER.   JUST IT ADD TO THAT, ONLY ONE
IN TEN PEOPLE WITH AN EATING
DISORDER GET HELP.   SO YOU ADD THAT STAT TO
A MALE THAT’S HAVING A   WOMAN’S DISEASE, SUCH A
FEW AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT   KNOW THEY HAVE A PROBLEM AND GET
HELP FOR IT.  

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