Open house planned May 23
Eating disorders are not just a teenage girl problem.
All ages and genders can and do deal with eating disorders. The Maple Grove Melrose Center treats different types of eating disorders that affect all ages, and men and women.
The Melrose Center in Maple Grove has just undergone some renovations. The center has expanded areas for its eating disorder care. An open house event will take place Tuesday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Maple Grove location, 9600 Upland Lane N., Suite 110. People can tour the remodeled lobby, new kitchen, added group spaces, talk with care team members and learn about the facilities expanded services.
Heather Gallivan, PsyD, clinical director for Melrose, said Park Nicollet has been treating eating disorders for 30 years. She is a clinical psychologist. She helps oversee clinical programing, does speaking, and still sees patients.
At the open house, people with an eating disorder will be invited to get welcomed to the facility and get questions answered before deciding on a treatment. Gallivan said some people are anxious about entering treatment.
She said pediatricians first noticed the need to treat patients for eating disorders.
“The Maple Grove facility opened five years ago in its current location,” she said. “We wanted our business model to go where the patients are. It can be hard for patients to travel a great distance for treatment. We opened the Maple Grove location to better meet the needs of people in the northwest communities.”
She added there patients that come from St. Cloud, Monticello and even the Brainerd area seeking treatment in Maple Grove. “There are not a lot of options for people with eating disorders the further you go out from the Twin Cities,” Gallivan said.
An eating disorder is described by Melrose Center as “eating patterns that are harmful for you health. What starts as a simple diet or lifestyle change can easily turn into harmful habits. Even something as simple as a negative body image can ultimately lead to an eating disorder.”
The most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia (extreme dieting and fasting) and Bulimia (binge eating and purging).
Other types of eating disorders are: Binge-eating disorder (eating extremely large amounts of food and feeling out of control while doing so), Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (clinically significant struggle with eating due to sensory issues, lack of interest in food or concern of negative consequences of eating, but without body image disturbance), and other feeding and eating disorders not fitting into one specific category.
There are also warning signs family and friends and look out for. Common warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder include: eliminating food groups from everyday meals, skipping whole meals, filling up on only low-calorie foods, becoming distant with friends, making excuses not to eat socially, eating erratically by overeating or restrictive eating, having difficult emotions around eating, constantly talking about food and weight, eating in secret, and over exercising to make up for eating.
Melrose Center, part of Health Partners/Park Nicollet clinics system, offers a variety of treatment options for eating disorders in men, women and children.
“With greater awareness with healthcare, there is greater awareness of eating disorders,” Gallivan said. “People with eating disorders are under served. Only one in 10 will get treatment. The reality is, people with disorders suffer. They feel shame or are embarrassed.”
She continued that people eating disorders don’t directly ask for help and, sometimes, tend to fly under the radar. “They are waiting for someone to ask them if they are okay or worried about their eating,” she added.
Gallivan said our society focuses on food and what good, bad and diets. “It’s confusing for people to know if there is really a problem,” she said. “People with binge eating disorder, eat too much. They might not know it’s a disorder. They may think they are just eating too much. Binge eating is most the common and unique with the fact that it affects men and women equally. Other disorders effect more women.”
MAPLE GROVE MELROSE
All types of eating disorders are treated at Maple Grove Melrose Center. Ninety percent of the patient needs at Maple Grove is outpatient.
In Maple Grove, outpatient and individualized treatment is offered. Patients work with psychologists or a therapist, dietitian and psychiatrist and their provider. Some group therapy is also offered. The facilities expansion will also room for group therapy. If a patient needs more help, they would go to St. Louis Park.
Gallivan also said the Maple Grove location sees more of the younger population, including children and adolescents but also sees some of middle-aged population. She said the kids seem to have more of the traditional eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia as well as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.
Gallivan said the Maple Grove location expanded because the team is growing and demand for services is also growing. “There was no space available for group therapy or a kitchen in the current facility,” she said. “Cooking is part of some of the treatment. The facility expanded by 900 square feet and then the entire Melrose Center space was remodeled.”
The Maple Grove Melrose Center offers outpatient and specialized care treatment options for its patients. Gallivan is there is also play therapy resources available.
“We treat a wide range of ages,” Gallivan said. “Last year patients between the ages of 6 to 82 were treated in all of Melrose Centers. We are seeing a wide spread in ages. Twelve percent are men, and 35 percent of all patients were older than 35 years old.”