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.

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Eating Disorder Signs & Symptoms

Simply defined, an eating disorder is an unhealthy change in one’s normal eating habits. These behaviors can include under and overeating, and can involve secondary symptoms, such as distorted body image and low self-esteem.

Understanding Eating Disorders

Learn about eating disorders

The specific mental health conditions that are classified as eating disorders can include:

Anorexia nervosa: Those who have anorexia view themselves as overweight even though they are not, and, therefore, they participate in extreme diets and behaviors. Individuals with anorexia will limit their caloric intake and, in turn, under nourish themselves. Anorexia can cause sufferers to become obsessed with their weight, stepping on the scale numerous times throughout the day. They might also partake in binge-eating and then vomiting, excessively exercising, or using laxatives.

Bulimia nervosa: Bulimia nervosa causes one to participate in binging and purging behaviors. They will consume a great deal of food very quickly, but will then take enemas, laxatives, or diuretics, or induce vomiting in order to clear their systems of food. Those with bulimia tend to be at a normal weight or a little heavier. However, they experience extreme anxiety about gaining weight.

Binge-eating disorder: Individuals who have binge-eating disorder might feel like they are not capable of controlling their eating. As a result, they consume larger amounts of food but do not purge like those who have bulimia would. Their periods of binging tend to be connected to feelings of shame and upset, triggering the onset of additional episodes of binge-eating.

While eating disorders have a powerful and deadly control over those who struggle with them, these disorders are treatable.


Eating disorder statistics

The National Eating Disorders Association reported in 2011 that more than six percent of people battle eating disorders at some point in their lives. Sadly, those who have eating disorders are at a greater risk of developing suicidal ideation and attempting suicide. Eating disorders often develop at a young age, with the median age of onset being around 12 and 13 years of age.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for eating disorders

Clinicians and scientists agree that the causes of eating disorders are highly complex. Despite this complexity, these disorders tend to be triggered by environmental and genetic factors, such as:

Genetic: Genetics play a major role in one’s susceptibility of developing an eating disorder. Those with a relative who has struggled with eating disorders are more likely to develop similar issues as well.

Environmental: A person’s environment can also impact his or her chances of developing an eating disorder. With or without a genetic predisposition for this disorder, environmental factors include living in a home with relatives who are exceptionally critical of the appearance of themselves others, or having a family that places great emphasis on dieting and weight control. Additionally, peer pressure and pressure from society can impact one’s eating disorder development.

Risk Factors:

  • Experiencing chronic stress
  • Age (teenagers are more at risk for eating disorders)
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Poor body image
  • Being female
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family emphasis on dieting or body image
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of eating disorders

The signs and symptoms of eating disorders can vary based on the type of eating disorder that one is struggling with. However some of the most common symptoms can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Using laxatives, diuretics, or other purging methods
  • Secretiveness around eating
  • Eating very little or eating too much
  • Forcing oneself to vomit
  • Frequently talking about one’s body

Physical symptoms:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Emaciation (extreme thinness)
  • Lanugo (fine hair covering one’s body)
  • Missing or cessation of periods
  • Extreme changes in weight

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Slowed thinking
  • Obsessions about one’s body weight and/or shape
  • Pervasive and distracting thoughts about one’s weight

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Drastic shifts in mood
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Distorted body image

Effects of eating disorders

Should eating disorders go untreated, the effects of these disorders can be extremely dangerous and possibly even deadly, including the following:

  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Death
  • Fracture in relationships
  • Organ damage
  • Occupational or academic problems
  • Weakening of bones
  • Tooth decay
  • Growth and developmental problems
Co-Occurring Disorders

Eating disorders and co-occurring disorders

Those who have eating disorders are also likely struggling with one or more additional mental health conditions, including:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

Montecatini helped me recover from my eating disorder. Their incredible staff taught me how to love myself.

– Former Client
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  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
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