Eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender and neither should their treatment.
We believe that every person, regardless of gender, should have equal access to the care they need and deserve. Here at Walden Behavioral Care, we are passionate about providing personalized treatment that is catered to you. Our compassionate and affirming care team recognize that no one eating disorder journey is the same, and your treatment should reflect that. In welcoming all people into our care environments, you will have the opportunity to interact with people who have been where you are and who share similar experiences.
While impacting individuals of all genders, eating disorders are more commonly seen in women. Approximately 20 million females of all ages in America currently live with an eating disorder and while most cases originate in adolescence or early adulthood, eating disorders are becoming increasingly common among older women.
What makes women more vulnerable? There are many factors, including common cultural ideologies around female body shape and size. Pressure to adhere to these standards can feel overwhelming and may often lead to severe body dissatisfaction and attempts to change body weight and or shape.
Estimates show that 80% of the women who seek treatment for eating disorders do not receive the intensive treatment they require. Failure to adequately address symptoms can result in serious physical and psychological consequences. The Academy for Eating Disorders found the risk of premature death is 6-12 times higher in women with anorexia nervosa as compared with the general population.
These statistics are alarming, but it is important to understand that specialized support services are available. Walden Behavioral Care is one of the only eating disorder treatment centers offering the full continuum of care to females of all ages. So, no matter what eating disorder you may be living with, where you are in your healing journey or what circumstances have brought you here, we are here to provide you with the personalized support you need.
Conservative estimates suggest that there are 10 million males in the United States currently living with an eating disorder. But experts believe many more are silently dealing with eating disorders and are far less likely to seek treatment due to cultural stigma and lack of awareness. Since eating disorder symptoms can intensity when left untreated, men frequently require more intensive and higher levels of care when they do ultimately enter treatment.
We believe that every person, regardless of age or gender, should have equal access to the care they need and deserve. Eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender and neither should their treatment. We welcome all individuals to each of our specialty programs. Our caring, skilled and affirming care professionals recognize that not all genders experience eating disorders in the same way. As such, our programming is personalized and catered to you and your unique journey while also ensuring that you have the opportunity to interact with people who have been where you are and share similar experiences.
If you are a male living with the challenges that eating disorders can bring, we are here to help.
Transgender and Gender Non-Binary (GNB)
Eating disorders in transgender and GNB individuals occur for a variety of reasons, including body dysmorphia, severe body dissatisfaction and efforts to relieve symptoms of comorbid psychological conditions like substance abuse and depression.
In a survey of more than 1,300 self-identified LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 conducted by the Trevor Project and NEDA:
- 54% reported having received an eating disorder diagnosis
- 71% of transgender respondents who identified as straight reported having an eating disorder
- 58% of the individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder had also considered suicide
Unfortunately, due to a general lack of awareness and expertise, many individuals identifying as transgender or GNB have a difficult time finding treatment professionals who are qualified to provide the specialized care they need for their unique eating disorder journey.
Eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender or gender identity and neither should their treatment. Walden Behavioral Care is the only eating disorder treatment center in New England that offers personalized support for the LGBTQ community at all levels, welcoming all individuals to each of our specialty programs. Our caring, skilled and affirming care professionals provide individualized treatment catered to you while working to connect you with peers who have may share similar experiences.
If you identify as transgender or GNB and are living with the challenges that eating disorders can bring, we are here to help.