The Adolescent and Young Adult Eating Disorders Program at Children's Hospital serves children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Our services include evaluation and management of our patients’ conditions, providing medical, psychological, and nutritional treatment.
Our health care professionals are committed to a family-based, multi-disciplinary team approach. This also includes primary care physicians, psychologists, psychotherapists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, and other pediatric specialists engaged in the care of youth and families with suspected eating disorders.
While eating disorders may lead to dramatic weight loss, they may also be accompanied by weight gain or no change in weight at all. Eating disorders represent a spectrum of emotional illnesses, characterized by the patient’s struggle with self-acceptance and body dissatisfaction.
Eating disorders are more common in girls than boys. However, there has been a noted increase in the number of adolescent males being treated for eating disorders. Among adolescent and young adult females, eating disorders are one of the most common chronic illnesses.
We treat the following eating disorders:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Avoidant/Restrictive Intake Disorder
- Binge eating disorders or compulsive overeating
- Morbid and severe obesity
- Other eating disorders
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