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Larger-bodied people can have anorexia, too

December 8, 2022
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Public Radio aired an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar and ERC alumna Anna Zaleski on a Colorado Matters segment. ERC is featured in the first three minutes of the segment and the article discusses the increase in eating disorder treatment needs post-COVID and mentions our Denver expansion.

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New research on eating disorders points to a new category of the disease, known as atypical anorexia, that often goes undetected. While people with traditional anorexia often present as extremely thin, this newer category applies to larger-bodied people who similarly restrict their eating, but suffer the same physical and emotional challenges of the disease.

The diagnosis comes as providers in Colorado who treat eating disorders report an increase in the prevalence of the illness and a study released last month in JAMA Pediatrics notes a “significant increase” in both inpatient and outpatient eating disorder treatment since the onset of COVID-19.

We speak with Erin Harrop, of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, who studies eating disorders, including atypical anorexia. We also hear from Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar, medical director at the Eating Recovery Center (ERC) of the Mountain and West Region, which has recently added new inpatient beds, and Anna Zaleski, a former patient at ERC who is now a nurse. 


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