DENVER, Co. — The view that patients battling eating disorders at EDCare in Denver can see outside the center’s windows represents the endless possibility that awaits them at the end of their treatment.
Kiera Ebersviller said, “That’s why everyone is here is.” She added that it was a privilege to walk alongside our patients on their journey to recovery.
The pandemic has made eating disorders more difficult to manage, despite their complexity.
Brittany Sims (primary therapist at the treatment center for eating disorders) said that the pandemic did not stop the number of patients. She also stated that the center has multiple locations in Kansas City as well as Omaha and Colorado Springs.
Sims said that the clinic has seen more patients than ever before, and that the patients have been coming in sicker.
She said that there have been more patients waiting on the list, and therefore it has taken longer for them to get in. This means they are seeing more sick people. Sims also stated that they saw an increase in the number of patients reaching out.
Since March 2020, the National Eating Disorder Association’s helpline has seen a 40% rise in calls.
EDCare also saw a similar trend. They’ve seen a 33% rise in patients and a 80% rise of dangerous behaviors. These behaviors include laxative abuse, binge eating, compulsive exercising, and purging.
This is why there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from eating disorders. The pandemic created conditions that are conducive to eating disorders, such as isolation, lack of control, and higher anxiety.
Sims said that eating disorders are secretive and isolating. Sims said that during the pandemic, there is a loss of control and a person may not feel like they have any control. They might be controlling how their body moves or fuels them.
The highest death rates from mental illnesses are eating disorders. You should approach your child or loved one if you suspect that they are suffering from an eating disorder.
Sims stated, “It’s asking for questions, being curious as opposed be accusatory.”
EDCare staff have been overwhelmed by the resilience and ability of their patients to see the light in the darkness.
If you or someone you love are struggling with behaviors that may be associated with an eating disorder, EDCare has a list of resources on their websiteFor more information, please visit. You also can contact one of their four locations for more information.