Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Preventing Eating Disorders In Modeling Industry

A new tool has been identified that my help doctors and families predict which preteens are at a high risk for an eating disorder.

A new study suggests that preteen food choices may help physicians predict the risk of girls developing eating disorders. The study was one of the first of its kind to focus on the eating habits of girls as they transition from childhood through the teenage years and into adulthood.

Researchers Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center analyzed food diaries kept by nearly 900 girls for a decade. The girls were ages 9 and 10 when the study began. The purpose of the study was to determine if the girls’ food choices would predict the appearance of eating disorder symptoms in adolescence. These symptoms include a preoccupation with thinness, dissatisfaction with one’s body image and unhealthy eating habits. In addition to keeping food diaries, the girls in the study were interviewed annually by dieticians and filled out a questionnaire that was designed to detect the onset of eating disorder symptoms.

Researchers compared the percentage of proteins, carbohydrates and fats that the girls ate to the later appearance of eating disorder symptoms. One of their findings was a correlation between the percentage of fats and carbohydrates that a girl eats at age 11 with the onset of body dissatisfaction by age 14. They also found a relationship between the consumption of mostly carbohydrates and little fat at age 15 and the development of erratic eating habits by age 19.

The study revealed a pattern among some girls that began with a desire to be thin between ages 9 and 12 that developed into body dissatisfaction by age 14, with erratic eating habits appearing between ages 18 and 19.

A related study which used the same data found that skipping lunch often meant that a girl would consume more calories throughout the day than girls who ate lunch. While many studies have targeted the impact of skipping breakfast, this was one of the first to study the effects of skipping lunch.

Perfectionism was found to be a personality factor that was a predictor of eating disorders. According to Abbigail Tissot, lead author of the study, girls who are strongly committed to high ideals of appearance are more at risk for developing eating disorders and, ironically, for being overweight and even obese later in life. Tissot theorizes that this is because the adoption of erratic eating habits during their teens causes them to lose the ability to follow their body’s natural hunger cues.

Results of the study were presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders. The findings are considered preliminary until they undergo peer-review and are published in a medical journal. Researchers who were involved in the study expressed hope that their findings can help health care providers identify at-risk girls at a younger age and improve treatment outcomes for eating disorders.