Eating Disorders Are More
Treatable Than Ever
July 27, 2006
Phoenix-Ten million women and girls in the U.S. suffer from eating
disorders and more people die from anorexia each year than from
any other mental illness. Fortunately, for those individuals and
families affected by eating disorders, help is available and recovery
Our current recovery rates are 99 percent for adults with anorexia
and 93 percent for adults with bulimia, said Edward Cumella, PhD,
executive director of performance management at Remuda Ranch Programs
for Eating Disorders. Our patients report dramatic improvement
in eating disorder symptoms, depression, anxiety, spiritual distress
and other issues by the time they leave our treatment center. The
good news for eating disorder sufferers, is that these recovery
rates are higher than the recovery rates for other forms of eating
disorder treatment measured in the past.
Remuda Ranch's standardized measurements reveal the average patient
has a severe eating disorder and moderate to severe depression
upon admission. By discharge, her responses on the same measurements
are similar to those of someone who has never had an eating disorder
and isn¹t depressed. (Remuda's outcome results have been audited
by a third party, Evaluation Management Training EMT).
Recovery doesn't mean a woman or girl will never struggle with
food related issues again, but it does indicate great improvement.
An individual is considered in recovery when she no longer has
a diagnosable eating disorder, her personal relationships have
improved and she is functioning more effectively at work or in
Additional recovery rates from Remuda Ranch include 99 percent
for adolescents with anorexia and 94 percent for adolescents with
bulimia. In questionnaires, parents of former patients independently
supported and validated the excellent recovery indicated by their
Our success can be attributed to a range of components in our
treatment program, adds Cumella. For example, we have a core team
of six healthcare professionals working with each patient, a superb
staff-to-patient ratio of .5 to 1 and a strong focus on spiritual
As a Christian organization, Remuda Ranch recognizes spiritual
growth as an important part of recovery. The treatment center's
focus on spirituality helps patients of all faiths. Patients of
all faiths have equally high recovery rates.
Our goal for all patients is two-fold, said Cumella. We want to
eliminate the eating disorder as the central focus of their lives
and help them deal effectively with any co-occurring problems.
But, we also want more. We want every woman, adolescent and child
to leave Remuda with a new positive outlook on life; to feel good
about today and have hope for tomorrow.
About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating
Disorders Remuda Ranch is
a caring place for women and girls who are suffering from eating
disorders and related issues. Remuda Treatment Programs offer
Christian inpatient and residential treatment for women and
girls of all faiths suffering from an eating disorder. Each
patient is treated by a multi-disciplinary team including a
Psychiatric and a Primary Care Provider, Registered Dietitian,
Masters Level therapist, Psychologist and Registered Nurse.
The professional staff equips each patient with the right tools
to live a healthy, productive life. For more information, call
1-800-445-1900 or visit www.remudaranch.com.