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Pregnancy, post-pregnancy could be challenge to women with eating disorders

June 2, 2021
Austin American-Statesman
Regional Clinical Director Allison Chase talks to the Austin American-Statesman about how pregnancy and post-pregnancy can pose challenges for women with eating disorders.

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Often, we have an image of people with eating disorders as being teenage girls, but what Allison Chase finds is that the teenage years is where these disorders might first show up, but it's not the only time they appear or reappear.

She's the regional clinical director at Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, and says she has as big an adult program as an adolescent and teen one.

Treatment can be harder for adults than teens because they are more stuck in a pervasive pattern of unhealthy behaviors. Teens are not as locked into those behaviors, which is why it's better to get people into treatment at a younger age, she says.

"We're seeing too often women who have not sought treatment in their younger years," she says, though, "it's very unlikely that their eating disorder started as an adult."


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