If you or a lady in your life has an eating disorder, you may want to listen up. It is possible to recover – and, in fact, up to two-thirds of women do, according to a small study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
The catch: It took more than a decade for them to get better, said researchers who recruited 246 women with an eating disorder. They ended up focusing on 176 patients, however, as 18 passed away, 15 could not be located and 37 declined to participate.
Nearly 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States will have an eating disorder at sometime in their life – and previous research suggested that only half of those folks will recover. What’s more, people with eating disorders experience substance abuse at a rate five times greater than the rate seen within the general population, according to the National Eating Disorders Foundation.
Study participants received various types of treatment – on an off over 20 to 25 years – which included:
- Individual, family and group therapy
- Inpatient and residential treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Medical care
“Our study showed that given time, most individuals with anorexia and bulimia will recover,” said study lead author Kamryn Eddy, co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The findings inspire me to remain hopeful in my work as a clinician with these patients.”
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