Shedding light on those struggling with eating disorders

7:15 AM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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On Sunday, Eating Disorder Awareness week began. The disease effects as many as 10 million women, and 1 million men nationwide. 

Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, ACUTE Assistant Medical Director and the Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, believes that eating disorders may be on the rise, and it's important to recognize that they can happen to virtually anyone.

"The prevalence is absolutely on the rise," Dr. Gaudiani said. "This isn't just a disorder of white, affluent, teenage girls. This is a disorder increasingly effecting every type of person and all ages, I see patients from 17 to 65." 

ACUTE is doing their best to battle eating disorders and believes that help from those closest to the patients would be beneficial in their recovery.

Dr. Gaudiani believes that ACUTE is helping pave the way for future patients. 

"Denver Health actually holds the only one of these programs in the entire country, and so we have a magnificent multidisciplinary team that really aims together to bring the bare expertise to these patients and help set a safe foundation for on-going psychological care," Dr. Gaudiani said.

For more information visit www.denverhealth.org.

Simone VonRivenburgh contributed to this report.

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