Family Health Matters – Eating Disorders

family health matters TV interview with panel

Shelley Irwin and the panel of eating disorder experts.

Thanks to Shelley Irwin and WGVU’s Family Health Matters for including us in their panel of experts to discuss eating disorders. Joining Shelly were Sanford Behavioral Health clinical liaison Dr. Anna Flores, Kathy Robinson, parent, and Gail Hall, executive director of Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance. Some of the questions the panel answered:

  • What is an eating disorder?
  • What are the signs and symptoms?
  • Is is a warning sign to have unexplained medical conditions?
  • Who is at risk?
  • When should you ask for help?
  • What is body dysmorphia?
  • Is family involvement significant to recovery?


“A big symptom we see is unexplained medical issues. This person is unwell, and we can’t figure out why. Interestingly, less than 6% of sufferers present as medically underweight. So, the stereotype that people with eating disorders are thin, white women is not representative of the majority. People with eating disorders can fly under the radar. We may see weight changes, hiding the body, choosing not to engage with food or social situations.” Anna Flores, DCN, MSN, CNSc


Family Health Matters – Eating Disorders

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Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

At Sanford Behavioral Health, we understand the challenges of eating disorders and offer comprehensive treatment for individuals struggling with these conditions. Our eating disorder treatment in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, is dedicated to helping individuals heal and recover.


Our psychiatrist-led interdisciplinary team utilizes evidence-based techniques and a personalized approach to address each patient’s unique needs. In that regard, we offer a range of treatment modalities, including individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition counseling, and family therapy. If you or someone close to you is dealing with an eating disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help at 844.488.7700. We’ll work together towards a brighter future.


Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving all of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s facilities in Greater Grand Rapids is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a psychiatrist-led team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients. For more information, visit