New virtual care provider, Equip, treats children and young adults with eating disorders
Similar to other behavioral health conditions, it’s often hard to tell when someone develops an eating disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health defines eating disorders as biologically influenced medical illnesses that create severe changes in how someone eats. It’s important to note that eating disorders are not a choice, and people who are experiencing one can appear healthy while their physical and mental health suffer.
Each of us can be affected by an eating disorder in our lifetime, however misinformation and assumptions make identifying and treating the condition more difficult.
Eating disorders are more common than people think
Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives, especially children and young adults, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. One study found that one in five women and one in seven men experiences an eating disorder, 95% of cases occurring before the age of 40.
When someone thinks they or a loved one may have an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia or another medical condition, it’s important to work with a trained professional on a diagnosis and care plan.
New virtual provider treats eating disorders among children and young adults
As of Feb. 15, 2023, Equip, a virtual care behavioral health provider that treats eating disorders for people ages 6 to 24, is available to most Regence health plan members.
Equip uses Family-Based Treatment, the most evidence-based intervention for eating disorders when a caregiver, such as a parent or adult relative, is involved in the treatment process. They offer 100% virtual care with a team of five trained professionals, which includes a therapist, medical provider, family mentor, peer mentor and dietitian.
Treatment is offered for a range of eating disorders and related co-existing conditions, including:
- Binge eating
- Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
- Other specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
How to access care and find the medical help you need – we’re here to help
Regence members can visit Equip’s website or call (855) 387-4378 to learn more and complete an intake form. No referral from another health care provider is needed.
Whether you may need occasional emotional support or ongoing mental health care, we can help you find the behavioral health care option that’s right for you. In addition to our network of therapists, counselors and psychiatrists, you can find mental health resources and care options at regence.com. Regence members can also call us at the phone number listed on their ID cards, or message us when signed in to your regence.com member account.
If you’re experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The service provides free, confidential, 24/7 support to anyone who’s depressed, needs to talk or is thinking about suicide.
Equip is a separate company that provides services to treat eating disorders and co-existing conditions.