Eating Recovery Center Announces Expansion of Innovative Eating Disorder Treatment Program for People of Size

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Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program now scheduling assessments at Denver and Sacramento treatment centers

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese - 78.6 million people. As many as 40-percent of overweight and obese individuals attempting to lose weight struggle with a co-occurring eating disorder as well. Eating Recovery Center (ERC), the only national, vertically integrated healthcare system dedicated solely to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders, today announced the expansion of its Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program (CORE). This comprehensive treatment solution is designed for people of size who also struggle with bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, night eating, emotional eating and/or stress eating.

In addition to existing Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Programs at its treatment centers in Chicago, Cincinnati and San Antonio, ERC is now scheduling assessments at its Denver and Sacramento locations. ERC Denver will offer a Partial Hospitalization Program, while ERC California will offer Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs.

“The CORE Program offers a compassionate recovery community that understands what you are going through, that looks like you and that supports people of size,” Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD, Vice President of Science and Innovation, Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program. “Our goal is to teach skills that will help patients live their lives successfully and eliminate emotional, medical and quality of life issues related to weight and overeating.”

ERC’s Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program offers intensive multidisciplinary treatment, including medical, psychiatric, behavioral and nutritional care. It is not an obesity treatment program or a weight management program. Unlike traditional weight loss programs, CORE recognizes that both behavioral and biological factors contribute to higher weight. The focus of the program is to normalize eating patterns, stabilize medical comorbidities, improve quality of life issues, address psychological issues, and control weight. While weight loss is not a specific goal of treatment, losing 5 to 15 percent of body weight is a likely outcome of eliminating compulsive behaviors and stabilizing medical comorbidities.

Individuals of the entire continuum of size that identify with any or all of the following statements may benefit from CORE:

  •     I feel out of control around food.
  •     I often eat until I feel uncomfortable or sick.
  •     I use food as a comfort.
  •     I feel addicted to food.
  •     I have gained more than 15 lbs in the last 6 months.
  •     I eat/snack mindlessly throughout the day or during the night.
  •     I have weight-related medical issues (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc.).
  •     I have been told to lose weight by my doctor, but I cannot lose weight.
  •     I need to lose weight before having bariatric surgery or another medical procedure.
  •     I have regained weight following bariatric surgery.

“Higher weight patients don’t often see themselves as having an eating disorder—they tend to minimize compulsive overeating and instead attribute unsuccessful weight loss and food issues to moral failing (“I am a bad dieter” or “I have no willpower”),” said Julie Friedman, PhD, Vice President, Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program. “Once they learn about the diagnostic criteria for overeating, they often recognize behaviors that have been evident since childhood.”

For more information about ERC’s Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Program or to schedule an assessment with a Master’s-level clinician, call (877) 789-5758 or visit

About Eating Recovery Center:
Eating Recovery Center (ERC) is the only national, vertically integrated, health care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders at any stage of the illness. ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age or gender, struggling from: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, eating and weight disorder, unspecified eating disorders, as well as comorbid, co-occurring and dual diagnoses. Led by the world’s leading experts in eating disorder treatment, ERC provides a full spectrum of eating disorder recovery services through an unmatched network of 23 locations in seven states.

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