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

Women With Eating Disorders In Canada

Today we will be going over some statistics and factors that contribute to disordered eating in this region of the world.

Of those who have eating disorders in Canada, 90 to 95 percent are female. Many people with eating disorders are known to have suffered a trauma such as psychological, physical, or sexual abuse, or be part of a family in which the caregivers are addicted to alcohol or drugs. However, many people with eating disorders have not experienced such traumas. An eating disorder may have no single cause. In someone who is vulnerable, a disorder can be triggered by an event one doesn’t know how to handle, which can be as common as being teased or as devastating as rape or incest. An eating disorder often begins when the person is dealing with a difficult transition: puberty, a new school, the breakup of a relationship. Every person’s experience is unique, but often the person who develops an eating disorder feels shame, disgust, and anger about their body. Some feel a need to purify or even punish their bodies. They feel powerless to change anything else in their lives.

There are two main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Both are characterized by excessive concern about one’s weight and shape and a negative, distorted body image. Although a person may be under weight, when he/she looks in a mirror, he/she sees herself as obese. He/she thinks that others also consider her mammoth in size, even if you think he/she looks skeletal when you see their thin arms and legs.

Of the women in Canada between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five, an estimated 2 per cent suffer from anorexia, a condition defined as drastic weight loss caused by self-induced starvation. It can, however, begin earlier. As a child, the individual may begin by eliminating desserts from her meals. Then she may also exclude bread. She could go on to deny herself more and more food until she’s eating only vegetables and water. Eventually she may try to exist on water alone. The anorexic may go to the extreme of counting the calories she consumes from the glue after licking a postage stamp.

Behind this potentially fatal illness is a girl’s strong desire to control everything and to become thin. Some may already be painfully thin in their parents’ eyes; others become anorexic because they were overweight children, were either ostracized or encouraged to diet, and were praised when they lost pounds. Anorexics believe their only problem is being
too fat. They have a distorted body image and don’t  recognize how underweight they are, which makes it difficult for them to recognize that they need treatment.

Typically the anorexic makes up excuses to miss meals. Most.teenagers have voracious appetites, but if your daughter often says that she had a huge lunch and doesn’t want dinner, you might well be alert to other indicators of anorexia.

The British Columbia Ministry of Health includes the following as signs of anorexia:

• She develops obsessions about food and recipes. An anorexic may eat vicariously by grocery shopping, by watching cooking shows, or by cooking food for others.

• She develops unusual eating habits. She may cut her food into tiny pieces or eat only the crumbs that others leave behind.

• She always feels cold.

• She shows a noticeable weight loss.

• She involves herself in excessive exercise. As a way of burning calories, an anorexic may spend hours in the gym or go on day-long walks