Diverse Populations

The Residence at Eating and Body Image Therapy Center strives to be a truly inclusive program with an emphasis on recognizing the unique experiences of marginalized and minority populations. Our stated mission is to help individuals reach complete recovery from the mental, physical, and behavioral health complications of an eating disorder. However, most people think eating disorders mostly affect individuals who identify as white, anorexic, female, young, and affluent. According to research African Americans and Latinx are as likely to develop anorexic behaviors and more likely to be diagnosed with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder than their white counterparts but seek care less frequently. This is typically due to lack of resources and limited understanding among family, friends, and healthcare providers on identifying and diagnosing these conditions. In addition, males who identify as gay or bi-sexual are three times more likely to develop an eating disorder than their heterosexual peers, and individuals who identify as transgender are approximately five times more likely to develop an eating disorder than the general public. Our staff is hired with an aim to reflect the diversity of the population we serve including males, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those who identify Latinx, Black and Brown.

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