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Eating Disorders Increasing in Women of Childbearing Age

Remuda Ranch, Nation's Leading Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Reports on the Dangers of Eating Disorders During and After Pregnancy


February 25 -- March 3, 2007 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


Contact:  Mary Anne Morrow, Blossom Communications Inc., 602-332-9026, PRMaryAnne@earthlink.net


PHOENIX, Feb. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders, the nation's leading eating disorder treatment center, reports eating disorders are increasing in women of childbearing age.  It's estimated that eating disorders affect approximately four percent of women of childbearing age.  February 25 to March 3, 2007 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and Remuda Ranch hopes to increase awareness and prevent eating disorders among people of all ages.


"Pregnancy is a time when body image concerns are more prevalent, and for those who are struggling with an eating disorder, the nine months of pregnancy can cause the disorder to worsen," said Dena Cabrera, PsyD, a psychologist at Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders.  "Instead of celebrating the joy associated with carrying a child, women with eating disorders often experience a period of extreme distress and fear as they gain weight."


While an eating disorder poses a strong threat to the health of the mother, the negative effects eating disorders have on the unborn child are far reaching, ranging from a lower birth weight, to premature birth, to potential miscarriage. 


"Even after childbirth, a mom's eating disorder still impacts her interaction with her child," adds Cabrera.  "The child can be confused by the mom's distorted view of food, not knowing what and how much to eat. Moms with eating disorders often don't have the energy to engage with their child because of their preoccupation with their eating disorder."


Remuda Ranch believes pregnancy is a perfect time for family members and loved ones to intervene and seek help.  Expectant mothers will often be more open to seeking help because of concern for the unborn child.


"Eating disorders are very treatable and help is available," adds Cabrera.


About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders 

Remuda Ranch is a caring place for women and girls who are suffering from eating disorders and related issues. Remuda Treatment Programs offer Christian inpatient and residential treatment for women and girls of all faiths suffering from an eating disorder.  Each patient is treated by a multi-disciplinary team including a Psychiatric and a Primary Care Provider, Registered Dietitian, Masters Level therapist, Psychologist and Registered Nurse. The professional staff equips each patient with the right tools to live a healthy, productive life.  For more information, call 1-800-445-1900 or visit www.remudaranch.com.