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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Vogue Pledges To Fight Eating Disorders

Vogue is leading the way with an “anti anorexia” policy that will focus on educating women and models to be about healthy standards of beauty and self esteem.

Vogue magazine, the world’s most influential journal of style and fashion, has taken an editorial stand that’s designed to promote a healthier body image for women of all ages. Beginning with the June issue, all 19 international editions of the magazine have adopted a new policy that bans models who are under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder.

Ever since the 1990s when waifish models like Kate Moss popularized a look that has been called “heroin chic,” super thin models have been in demand for runway shows and magazine layouts. Despite widespread criticism, a large segment of the fashion industry has continued to focus on models who are very young and ultra thin. Many believe that this association between high fashion and a very low body weight is sending the wrong message to young women.

Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Vogue’s parent company Condé Nast International, released a statement saying that Vogue is committed to the health of models and readers. In addition to monitoring the age and weight of models that appear in the magazine, Vogue is committing to establishing mentoring programs where mature models will give guidance and advice to  young girls. The magazine will also encourage designers to provide sample clothing in larger sizes, expanding the range of women who can be chosen to model their styles.

Earlier this year, lawmakers in Israel banned the use of underweight models in commercials and fashion shows. In the interest of reducing eating disorders, women and men who apply for modeling jobs in Israel must have a doctor verify that their BMI (a number representing the ration between weight and height) is at least 18.5. This figure is used by the World Health Organization to define an individual as underweight. The new Israeli law also requires print publications to state when photos have been Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated to make a model appear thinner.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the link between media images of thin models and eating disorders has not been established scientifically. Many factors are believed to contribute to the onset of an eating disorder, including heredity, environment, stress and emotional issues. However, most experts agree that using models with healthy body weights will reduce the pressure on women, men, teenagers and even children to set unrealistic weight goals for themselves.

The new policy at Vogue is a positive step in the right direction in terms of discouraging eating disorders. Other fashion magazines published by Condé Nast, including Allure and Glamour, will not be affected by the new Vogue policy. This may be because those magazines don’t focus on high-end designer fashions, which is where the thinnest models are used. All the same, it would seem beneficial for Condé Nast to put a healthy body image policy into effect for all it publications.