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UCAN Program Encourages Couples to Beat Anorexia Together

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Researchers now suggest that having a significant other accompany anorexia patients to therapy can be effective at helping them beat the disorder, according to Health Day News.

In fact, while traditional anorexia therapy has a 25-40 percent dropout rate, Cynthia M. Bulik and her colleagues observed only a five-percent dropout rate over the six months they followed 13 couples enrolled in therapy for the emotional disorder.

Each couple took part in a program called Uniting Couples (in the treatment of) Anorexia Nervosa (UCAN), an intensive counseling program that incorporated with support and presence of a significant other.  While the couples had been together for an average of nine years, more than half of them were married.  All of the patients were women, yet the researchers note that the disorder can and does occur in both genders.

The researchers found that after just three months participants' body mass index (BMI) also increased more than patients receiving traditional therapy.

UCAN targeted a range of topics relevant to couples dealing with anorexia, rather than the issues of a singular patient. Topics included in the counseling were marital distress, communication, sexual concerns and ways to prevent relapse.

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