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The Dorm 2023 Outcomes & Impact Report

The Dorm 2023 Outcomes
& Impact Report

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Eating Disorder
Symptom Improvement

Our full-time registered dietitians and clinicians provide evidence-based, individualized eating disorder treatment that blends clinical and nutritional counseling, meal support, psycho and emotional skill-building and interactive group therapy.

Our Outcomes

Our clients experience a marked decrease in eating disorder symptoms
across all clinical subscales, including a 72% reduction in restraint.

EATING DISORDERS (EDE-Q)

Eating disorders graph

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symptoms of
restraint

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eating concern
symptoms

Restraint

Characterized by avoidance of food and/or adhering to food rules that prevent consumption of food.

Eating Concern

Includes preoccupation with food, guilt around eating, and/or fear around loss of control when eating.

Shape Concern

Including preoccupation with shape, discomfort with seeing one’s body, and/or feelings of being ‘fat’ or desiring a flat stomach.

Weight Concern

This includes a strong desire to lose weight and a heightened importance on weight.

Upon discharge, clients at The Dorm with eating disorders are:

No longer restricting food intake

Avoiding food rules

Less preoccupied with food

Less guilty or fearful around eating

More comfortable with their body shape

Assigning less significance changing their weight

Improved sense of self-worth

Able to participate in social, academic, and vocational activities

To see such substantial decreases in symptoms of eating, shape and weight concern is exciting. These behaviors and attitudes are some of the most difficult to treat involving deeply embodied ideas that are constantly reinforced by clients’ cultures, histories and family dynamics.

Rebecca Alcosser

Rebecca Alcosser, RD

Senior Dietitian, Health & Wellness Supervisor

Clinical Case Example: Ellis (they/them)

Ellis

Presenting Problem:

Hospitalized and requiring a medical leave, Ellis’s life was on hold as a result of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and co-occurring diagnoses.

  • Previously hospitalized for medical stabilization followed by a PHP where they received daily meal and snack support

  • Co-occurring personality disorder

  • Struggles with cannabis dependence disorder, depression and executive function

Ellis’s Life Goals: In His Words

  • MAINTAIN healthy weight + self-nourishment

  • Find my way back to writing

  • Go back to school

  • Get back to friends

Treatment Plan

Ellis Schedule

Ellis Today: Outcomes

Ellis worked towards maintaining weight on their own and was able to wean off meal support by discharge. They reported a newfound sense of self and felt academic competence, which led to being able to connect with other students in the classroom and rekindle their confidence in writing. Ellis is now successfully maintaining their course load at university, attending a writing club, and sustaining a healthy weight through self-nourishment.

Community Impact of Treatment

Ellis thrived alongside like-minded peers within our affirming community environment.

  • They were very vocal in contributing to discussion in Gender & Identity Group and brought peers together to attend 12-Step Meetings, becoming a leader in camaraderie and accountability

  • They enjoyed hosting debates as part of The Dorm U, and joining evening social clubs

  • They developed real friendships that lasted beyond treatment

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