106.3 WORD Cover Story: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
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The statistics that surround eating disorders are alarming: One person dies every 62 minutes from the disease and it is considered to be the deadliest mental illness with the highest mortality rate. While the medical community has made tremendous breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, there is clearly still a lot more to be done. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, lifelong recovery is possible! Brandi Salzer, LIMHP, LPC, is the Clinical Director of the Eating Recovery Center of the Carolinas. Her role focuses on providing clinical direction to staff on cases and the milieu for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. Prior to working at ERC,
she has worked in the eating disorder field in Omaha, NE in a variety of aspects including care, therapy and supervision. She carried on the mission of advocating for those struggling with eating disorders in her volunteer life by serving as the Website Chair for the Nebraska Eating Disorder Network, and she currently works with college-aged women on body-image initiatives. Eating Recover Center (ERC) is the only nationally, vertically integrated health-care system dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders in any stage of the illness. ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age, gender or stage of illness for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, eating and weight disorder, unspecified eating disorders as well as comorbid, co-occuring and dual diagnosis.