Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Advocating Awareness makes a Difference

With the growing awareness of how eating disorders can effect such a wide array of people, Castlewood has seen participation in St. Louis and in Monterey equal out to an even 50/50 ratio of men and women taking the first step toward recovery. That more men are stepping forward reflects the work of many to increase awareness and education. As a leader in the field, Castlewood has actively participated in research and prevention campaigns in order to better serve the ultimate goal of highlighting the seriousness of eating disorders and provide insight for greater public understanding of their causes and treatments. Nancy Albus says, “We understand the intensity and the difficulty crossing the treatment threshold for all, but especially for the male and LBGT community. Our commitment is to offer a place of healing for all.” Castlewood has always worked with men, the LBGT community and served numerous transgendered clients over the years. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reports that roughly 30 million people of varying ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S alone, and that only about 1 in 10 men and women with an ED will begin a treatment program. Castlewood’s mixed gender program is aimed at reflecting the real world in the best possible way to support diversity and compassion. Jim Geber says, “Diversity is no longer as simple as male and female, therefore to have gender specific programs may exclude, and lead clients not be honest their struggles.” By supporting an honest and open environment, it’s possible to truly uncover the underlying issues which cause eating disorders and find a working, sustainable recovery. We encourage you to share on social media and become a voice encouraging awareness and access to resources for the diverse population who struggle with eating disorder behaviors. It’s never too late or too early to get help or advocate for a better future. Keep the conversation going by commenting here, and then sharing your personal affirmations on Instagram using hashtag #NoFilter. Your affirmation may be what someone else is seeking as a guide in their own recovery!