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Leaf | Monte Nido When you can accept your natural body size and shape and no longer have a self-destructive or unnatural relationship with food or exercise.

Leaf | Monte Nido When food and weight take a proper perspective in your life and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, all numbers are of little or no importance at all.

Leaf | Monte Nido When you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on a scale.

Leaf | Monte Nido When you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.

Full Recovery Over Eating Disorders Can Be Yours

Eating Disorder Recovered is:


Leaf | Monte Nido When you can accept your natural body size and shape and no longer have a self-destructive or unnatural relationship with food or exercise.

Leaf | Monte Nido When food and weight take a proper perspective in your life and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, all numbers are of little or no importance at all.

Leaf | Monte Nido When you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on a scale.

Leaf | Monte Nido When you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.

At Monte Nido, we treatment many types of eating disorders. Please find some of the most commonly treated eating disorders below. If you find that you or your loved one doesn’t fit it any of these more common issues, please call us and speak with a caring representative today to see how we can help you.

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What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder marked by periods of fasting and restriction of calories and often accompanied by intense exercise routines and constant fear of gaining weight. There are three key features that are often present in the complex eating disorder including:

  • A distortion in the perception of the body
  • A running and intense fear of gaining additional body weight
  • An unhealthy relationship with food and eating
  • Behavior designed to avoid maintaining a healthy weight

Types of Anorexia Nervosa

There are two primary types of anorexia nervosa and identifying the type is paramount in determining which anorexia nervosa treatment plan will be most effective for recovery. Types of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Purging – Anorexia Nervosa, Purging Type is marked by the use of purging techniques to reduce the acquiring of calories that are absorbed by the body. Purging techniques often include vomiting after meals, the use of diuretics to reduce water weight, or the use of laxatives. This presents as similar to bulimia nervosa; however, it is actually a sub-type of anorexia.
  • Restricting – Anorexia Nervosa, Restricting Type is a way to control weight by restricting foods to limit calories, such as through the use of fasting and extreme dieting. Restriction can also involve strict and intense exercise routines in an effort to burn calories that have been consumed and more. This is the more common presentation of anorexia nervosa.

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An Often-Misunderstood Pattern of Behavior

Characterized by regular episodes of binge eating in which a person consumes large quantities of food, bulimia nervosa also has a follow-up phase in which he or she purges with laxatives or by vomiting. There is a feeling of loss of control that accompanies bulimia nervosa. Though bulimia nervosa is more common than anorexia nervosa, many people have both eating disorders.

Between one and three percent of United States teenagers are affected by bulimia nervosa.

Criteria for Bulimia Therapy

In order to be diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, certain criteria must be met. One of the most common signs of bulimia nervosa is repeated episodes of binge eating followed by purging. In many cases, this binge eating occurs in secret and without other people present. After a binge, the person often has intense feelings of regret and guilt concerning their food intake. In many cases, these binges follow periods of time when the person attempts to restrict what they eat as well as the amount.

A cyclic disorder, this period of restriction is then followed by binge eating and then purging. After purging, a person with bulimia nervosa often feels a sense of well-being and comfort. Sometimes, feelings such as intense happiness and euphoria are also present. On average, this cycle of binge eating episodes and related purging behaviors needs to occur at least one time per week over a period of three months in order to qualify as bulimia nervosa.

While a person with anorexia nervosa is often underweight, the same is not necessarily true with those who have bulimia nervosa. This can sometimes make it difficult for others to notice if a person has this eating disorder because it is not as physically obvious. Both bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa often have a strong genetic connection. Bulimia nervosa, however, does not occur only in conjunction with episodes of anorexia nervosa.

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Signs That Bulimia Treatment Is Needed

Women need treatment for bulimia eating disorders more often than men. In addition to binge eating that’s undertaken in secret, other signs that a person has bulimia nervosa include visiting the restroom right after eating in order to vomit, taking laxatives, diet pills or diuretics in order to purge and harsh exercise regimes. Mood swings, fatigue, a fear of not being able to stop eating on their own, swollen glands and weight fluctuations typically between 10 and 15 pounds are other common signs that bulimia nervosa treatment is warranted.

Sometimes it can be difficult for those people who are close to a person with bulimia nervosa to notice a problem. Though they might be of a normal weight, a person with bulimia nervosa feels overweight and sees themselves as such. Some signs that might be visible to family, friends, coworkers or school personnel include purchasing large quantities of food that disappear quickly or suddenly eating large quantities of food, empty packages of medications such as diuretics, diet pills, emetics and/or laxatives in the trash, regularly going to the restroom immediately after eating and spending a great deal of time exercising.

Food Rituals and Other Behaviors to Look For

The development of food rituals — in which a person eats only a certain type of food or food group, for example — along with being uncomfortable while eating around other people, fear of eating in public, skipping meals, drinking large amounts of water and stealing or hoarding food are all signs that those people who are close to the person with bulimia nervosa might notice.

In addition to creating rituals with food itself, a person who needs bulimia treatment might also schedule her life and/or activities to make time for bingeing and purging, might dress in baggy clothes to hide her body, might diet frequently, could have extreme mood swings and withdraw from friends and activities she once enjoyed.

Finding Treatment Facilities for Bulimia

Bulimia treatment options often include a stepped approach consisting of support groups, counseling, and medication. Because many people who have bulimia nervosa also have co-occurring conditions, a return to their healthy self requires treating these as well. Substance abuse, self-injury, and impulsivity are conditions that often occur at the same time that a person has bulimia nervosa. Working with a recovered staff that uses a treatment plan based on truth without judgment provides the support and resources needed to facilitate a fully recovered existence.

Is an eating disorder impairing your life or the life of a loved one? If the answer is yes, then call us today to speak with a treatment specialist and get the help you need.

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What Is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder, often referred to as BED, is a severe condition that often requires treatment at a binge eating disorder treatment center. The disorder is characterized by repeated episodes of consuming large amounts of food quickly. Oftentimes the food will be consumed so rapidly and in such high quantities that it will lead to discomfort or even pain.

After the binge eating incident, there is often feelings of shame, guilt, or loss of control. When these feelings occur, measures may be utilized to counter the recent binge. While it is a relatively newly described disorder, it is the most common eating disorder. With binge eating disorder therapy, attaining a healthier relationship with food and reaching recovery is possible.

Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder

There are many diagnostic criteria that will be met before a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan for binge eating disorder created. Some of the situations that must be present for diagnosis include:

  • Recurring binge eating episodes which involve eating large amounts of food in a short time and lack of control during the eating episode
  • Episodes of eating more rapidly than usual, eating past being comfortably full, eating large quantities when not hungry, eating alone due to embarrassment about the quantity that is being eaten combined with feelings of guilt or disgust after the episode
  • Those with binge eating disorder will often show marked distress when it comes to eating
  • There are often binge eating episodes occurring once a week for three months or more

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Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms

There are many emotional and behavioral symptoms to watch for including:

  • Evidence that binge eating is occurring such as the disappearance of large amounts of food or the appearance of multiple empty wrappers and food containers
  • Feeling uncomfortable when they are eating around others
  • Practicing fad diets that are often extreme such as cutting out entire food categories
  • Resistance to eating in public places or with others
  • Food hoarding tendencies
  • Withdrawal from friends and social activities
  • Constant concerns with the shape, size, and weight of their body
  • Symptoms of low self-esteem

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms associated with binge eating disorder are often subtle and may not be as noticeable without careful observation. Some of the most common physical symptoms that may be present are:

  • Fluctuations in weight both higher and lower
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as stomach cramping, constipation, and acid reflux
  • Concentration problems

What Demographics Are Most Commonly Affected by Binge Eating Disorder?

When looking at the types of patients that seek binge eating treatment, it can occur at any age, gender, race, or background, though some groups do show a slightly elevated risk. Binge eating disorder tends to be slightly higher in adult women than men and adolescents with 3.5% of women experiencing the disorder, 2% of men, and 1.6% of adolescents.

Unfortunately, even though the eating disorder is a fairly common one, few people will seek out the binge eating disorder treatment they need – only 3% of adults see a doctor for a medical diagnosis.

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder?

A key component in achieving binge eating recovery is determining the underlying cause of the binge eating so that a proper binge eating treatment plan can be developed. There are many causes associated with binge eating including psychological factors, family history, and weight concerns.

  • Biological Factors – Historical weight fluctuations can increase risk as well as hormone irregularities that can lead to food addiction. Binge eating behavior has often been linked to lower serotonin levels.
  • Behavioral Factors – Those who are in binge eating recovery often will report a history that includes excessive dieting going as far back as their adolescence. When dieting is excessive, it can trim hunger cues leading to binges.
  • Environmental Factors – External influences can cause problems with an individual’s self-worth. Individuals who suffer bullying or body shaming or are influenced by media body images may feel overwhelmed when trying to achieve an unrealistic idea of beauty.
  • Emotional Factors – There have been personality factors that have been linked to binge eating disorder such as assertiveness, low self-esteem, or ADHD. Other factors that can contribute are depression and anxiety.
  • Genetics – Binge eating disorder can run in families.
  • Traumatic Events – Serious or traumatic events in one’s life can trigger binge eating episodes such as death, illness, tragedy, abuse, and separation.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

At Monte Nido, we know the importance of binge eating therapy to help you or your loved one recover from your eating disorder. We have the programs and tools to help provide you with the tools you need to have a successful recovery. If you or a loved one is in need of binge eating disorder recovery, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

A Common Root Cause of Various Eating Disorders

An individual’s body image has a significant effect on his or her overall health. A negative body image can lead to a variety of different problems, including the development of eating disorders. Below is some basic information about body image and how it can impact an individual’s life.

What Is Body Image?

Body image is defined as the way an individual perceives himself or herself in his or her mind. Body image also affects what an individual sees when he or she looks in the mirror. Some specific examples of body image include:

  • How an individual senses his or her body when moving
  • How an individual feels about his or her shape, height and weight
  • What an individual believes about his or her appearance

An individual who has a healthy body image will have a clear, accurate perception of his or her shape. He or she will also accept this natural body size and shape, feel confident in his or her body and recognize that his or her appearance isn’t the most important determinate of value.

An individual with negative body image, on the other hand, will have a distorted perception of his or her shape. People who have a poor body image often feel like their bodies are highly flawed when compared to other people. This leads to self-consciousness, depression, anxiety, and shame. In addition, body image issues may contribute to the development of other mental health problems, such as eating disorders. Although body image issues may not be the only cause of eating disorders, the connection between body image and eating disorders is supported by research.

Body Image Disorders

Most people will struggle with their body image from time to time. However, when this problem becomes more severe and is detrimental to the individual’s mental health, physical health or quality of life, it may be considered a body image disorder. Perhaps the most common example of a body image disorder is body dysmorphic disorder, which occurs when an individual develops a persistent preoccupation with a small or imagined defect in his or her appearance.

For example, an individual who is underweight or at a healthy weight may become obsessed with weight loss. Likewise, an individual may become preoccupied with building larger muscles, getting a smaller waistline or changing some other aspect of their appearance that is not abnormal or deficient.

How Do Body Image Problems Contribute to Eating Disorders?

For most people, body image problems begin at a young age. Even girls in early elementary school begin expressing concerns about their weight or body shape. As children age, the problem tends to become more serious. According to a study conducted in 2005, as many as one-third of teenage boys and one-half of teenage girls admit to using unhealthy behaviors in an attempt to lose or maintain weight, such as purging, smoking, fasting or skipping meals.

Although body image problems are commonly associated with young females, these issues can affect people of all genders, ages, and cultures. In many cases, body image problems develop because of societal and cultural pressures, such as unrealistic portrayals of the “ideal” body shape.

Treating Body Image and Eating Disorders

Body image and eating disorders often go hand-in-hand. In such cases, both disorders should be treated concurrently. For example, if an eating disorder is caused by body image problems, resolving these problems will make it easier to treat the eating disorder itself.

Treatment for body image disorders varies and should be customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. For example, some doctors recommend that patients join a body image therapy group to discuss these issues with other people who are going through similar problems. Psychotherapy can also be helpful to people struggling with body image disorders and/or eating disorders.

Resolving problems with body image requires ongoing treatment and a strong commitment to self-help on the part of the individual. However, with the right treatment, many people who have struggled with these problems are able to improve their mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, sometimes referred to as Body Distortion Disorder or BBD, is a disorder where someone will continuously think of real or perceived flaws in their appearance for up to hours each day. While many people may have things they don’t like about their appearance, an individual with BDD has more difficulty controlling these negative thoughts. The emotional stress of it can interfere with their daily lives and activities. They may begin to avoid social situations to prevent others from seeing their perceived physical flaws. While BDD can lead to severe emotional distress, seeking out body dysmorphic treatment can help.

What Demographic Has a Higher Risk for Developing Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

While BDD affects both men and women almost equally, the disorder is more common in adolescents and teens than it is in adults. The average age for the onset of body dysmorphic disorder is between the ages of 12 and 13.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms

Most symptoms of BDD include behaviors that are linked to the obsession with the appearance of the body or flaws that are perceived. It is essential to seek out body dysmorphic disorder treatments if an individual is exhibiting some of the symptoms listed below:

  • Preoccupation with a flaw in appearance that is small or is not noticeable by others
  • A belief that the flaw creates a deformity or ugly appearance
  • Feelings that others are noticing the flaw and developing a negative impression of them because of it
  • Participating in behaviors in an attempt to hide or fix the flaw, this can include such behaviors as grooming, mirror checking, and picking
  • Constantly seeking reassurance or comparing yourself to others
  • Developing perfectionist tendencies
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Regularly seeking cosmetic procedures though they do little to help
  • Distress in your everyday life due to the preoccupation of your appearance
  • Obsession over such things as complexion, blemishes, hair, breast and body size, the shape of the nose and other facial features
  • Excessive exercise routines
  • Repeatedly changing clothing with little satisfaction

What Are Causes Linked to Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

While there is considerable disagreement about specific causes that lead to body dysmorphic disorder, there are both environmental and biological factors which can contribute to its development. Some of the contributing causes of BDD include:

  • Brain Abnormalities – Some abnormalities in the brain or chemical imbalances such as malfunctioning serotonin can be linked to BDD
  • Genetic Factors – There have been studies that have linked BDD to a genetic predisposition such as those who have family members that have had the disorder in the past or other disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Environment – Sometimes life experiences, culture, or media can contribute to body dysmorphic disorder. Typically, these experiences will involve distorted evaluations of their body or overall self-image and can include things such as bullying, childhood neglect, and different types of abuse.
  • Mental Disorders – BDD can often occur in tandem with other mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

What Can Occur If Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment Is Not Sought?

Unfortunately, body dysmorphic disorder rarely gets better without treatments such as those available at Monte Nido’s body dysmorphic disorder treatment centers. If the condition is left untreated, it can continue to get worse over time, often leading to more severe complications as well as costly medical bills both for health and cosmetic related issues. When left untreated, BDD can contribute to:

  • Major depressive disorder and other mood conditions
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Attempted suicide
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Health-related complications due to attempts to correct the perceived flaws
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Co-occurring eating disorders
  • Substance abuse

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment

At Monte Nido, we understand the importance of treating body dysmorphic disorder so you or your loved one can gain a positive self-image of themselves as well as help them to regain control of their daily life. If you or a loved one suspects they might have BDD, contact us today for a free and private consultation.

Preoccupation With Maintaining a Low Weight Can Result in Self-Destructive Behavior

For most people, exercise is a good thing. In fact, all people need some exercise. For approximately three percent of the population, the approximate number of people living with an exercise addiction, these attempts to achieve a higher level of fitness may do far more harm than good.

Exercise addiction is not as uncommon as society would like to believe. It is most common among a certain population, including the following:

  • Triathletes
  • Runners
  • People living with eating disorders

It is fairly common for people to have coexisting conditions, like bulimia nervosa and exercise addiction in which they become obsessed with measuring all aspects of their intake, exercise, body fat percentage, etc. Some may even experience strong urges to purge to enhance their efforts to meet ambitious weight loss objectives.

What to Look For

The symptoms of excessive exercise range in severity according to the severity of the addiction. Many times, the symptoms start out somewhat mild, and include things like:

  • Shin splints
  • Muscle sprains
  • Fatigue

Prolonged exposure to over exercising, though, may lead to more severe symptoms along the lines of irregular heartbeats, scarring of the heart tissue, heart attacks, enlargement of the heart, and similar health problems.

Identifying the problem is half the battle. The problem with diagnosing someone as one who is addicted to exercise is that exercise is something that is good for you, if only in moderation.

Individuals with a workout addiction are often obsessed with working out and attaining “physical perfection.” If they aren’t actually in the gym for several hours each day they are planning their next visit to the gym, researching exercise routines online, or lining up new challenges to incorporate into their own routines.

In fact, when someone is addicted to working out, that person may make attempts to hide exactly how much time he or she spends at the gym or exercising. He or she may vary exercise routines and opportunities so that it looks as if they are only exercising moderately. Some people who are addicted to working out will continue exercising to and beyond the point of exhaustion despite muscle soreness, blisters, fatigue, and other signs that over-exercising is having negative impacts on their health.

The Connection Between Exercise Addiction and Eating Disorders

For people living with an exercise addiction disorder, exercise may be their way of coping with things in life that feel overwhelming. The same things may contribute to the onset of various eating disorders. Strict control over calories provides individuals with a sense of empowerment and order, giving them something they can control when they feel the world, their emotions, or their weight is far beyond their control.

Monte Nido is committed to helping people living with eating disorders and those who are addicted to exercise find their healthy selves by offering individualized treatment options for each patient. This allows for the treatment of coexisting conditions, mental health concerns, and physical healing from the damage over working out can do to the body over time.

A Truthful Yet Non-Judgmental Approach to Treatment

Carolyn Costin, the founder of Monte Nido, has overcame her own eating disorder and created Monte Nido) to help others attain a life fully recovered from eating disorders, exercise addiction, and other mental health conditions.

We do this by offering a variety of programs, including residential programs that serve adult women and day programs that serve adult and adolescent females and males.

The Monte Nido staff offer thorough medical and psychiatric management for patients, providing the highest level of care they can receive outside of a hospital environment while offering a homelike setting where patients can feel safe and comfortable throughout their recoveries.

All our recovered staff believe it’s important to help individuals own their feelings and equally important to challenge their thought patterns with the goal of self-improvement and self-acceptance. The staff at Monte Nido is professional, compassionate, empathic, and loving; but they are not afraid to push and challenge when necessary.

Contact Monte Nido today to learn more about the variety of programs available to help individuals overcome eating disorders and exercise addictions so they can uncover their healthiest, happiest selves.

Like Monte Nido’s residential centers, Monte Nido’s day treatment programs offer an innovative approach, where male and female adolescent and adult clients can focus on recovery and regain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

Through partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming, clients participate in groups and individual therapy, benefit from Monte Nido’s clinical, medical, psychiatric and nutritional expertise and experience real life challenges. Day treatment programming is available to graduates of a residential program or those in outpatient therapy that need a higher level of support.

Program offerings include:

  • Specialized approaches that allow for developmentally sensitive exposure to skill building and thought, feeling and behavior management relevant to recovery from an eating disorder
  • Medical and psychiatric assessment and monitoring with a high number of individual therapy, nutrition and psychiatric sessions
  • Evidence-based and state-of-the-art protocols including challenges and assignments that address both eating disorder and co-occurring factors
  • Group therapy that establishes and solidifies other components of treatment
  • Family programming including individual family sessions, family education and multi-family groups
  • Specialized integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders that focuses on stabilizing eating disorder and substance abuse symptoms, reducing urges, enhancing motivation and developing alternative coping capacities
  • A level system that encourages accountability, self-awareness and capacity for tolerating distress
  • Experienced and dedicated staff that includes recovered professionals

Adolescent Day Treatment Programming

Monte Nido is sensitive to the developmental needs of adolescents, and our highly trained and supportive staff takes a holistic approach to helping them become fully recovered. We understand the complexity of eating disorders, and offer unique programming to treat adolescents, whether they are stepping down from a residential treatment center or seeking a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care while living at home. Using the same philosophy, protocols, and approaches offered at other Monte Nido programs, our adolescent day treatment programming is geared toward adolescent clinical and developmental issues, diligently maintaining a positive and healthy environment. Program offerings include Psychotherapy groups and therapeutic content that appropriately reflect the specific developmental and social needs of adolescents, family programming, academic support, psychiatric management and more. When ready, adolescents can step down from partial hospitalization to Monte Nido’s intensive outpatient programming (IOP), which offers continued clinical support and containment  while allowing for full school engagement. For more details on adolescent programming and the locations these programs are offered, please visit our Adolescent Programming page.

Client Accommodations

Client accommodations are offered nearby many of Monte Nido’s day treatment programs, for clients aged 18 and older. These accommodations provide opportunities to practice supported independent living within a recovery community that offers additional support and structure. Clients participate in Monte Nido’s day treatment program during the day, returning to the residence in the evening. Client accommodations are offered in Los Angeles, Boston, Manhattan, White Plains, Newport Beach, Eugene and Portland.

  • In March of 1996, Carolyn Costin became a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders. She opened the doors to Monte Nido (“Mountain Nest”) in Malibu, California — the first residential healing center in a tranquil, homelike setting. She was also the first founder of a program who was open about her own recovery, and the first to hold the belief that individuals who suffer from eating disorders can become fully recovered. Her treatment philosophies guide every aspect of our care.

In our Monte Nido residential programs, we combine evidence-based treatment with strategies and protocols that have demonstrated success at all of our Monte Nido & Affiliates programs.

Our philosophy, combined with a highly trained and supportive staff, helps clients work in collaboration with the treatment team to understand their eating disorder, gain symptom control, and work on any psychological issues that complicate and/or perpetuate their eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. State of the art treatment is provided through a combination of group therapy modalities, nutrition education, meal support, mindfulness training and psychotherapeutic support. Clients at Monte Nido’s residential programs work on behavior, mood, relationships, food and weight goals while they advance through our level system, gaining increased freedom and responsibility for handling recovery challenges. The tools, skills and ongoing support services help clients achieve and maintain recovery.

Monte Nido provides the individualized treatment that is expected of all of our programs, including:

  • Psychiatric and medical management and treatment
  • Evidence based and state-of-the-art protocols backed by a high success rate demonstrated in our outcome study
  • Experienced and dedicated staff that includes recovered professionals
  • High amount of individual therapeutic sessions
  • Group therapy that solidifies and establishes other components of treatment
  • Family therapy including individual family sessions, weekly multi-family groups and once a month two day family weekend
  • Unique level system that meets the client where she is and re-evaluates the client as she progresses through the program at her own pace
  • A natural environment conducive to healing

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