Who We Treat
The Eating Disorder Program at SLBMI provides comprehensive and personalized treatment for all ages and genders.
Increasingly younger children are in treatment with eating problems. Children may enter treatment with disordered eating due to anxiety or sensory issues, as well as due to other medical causes. We see all ages of children in our practice. When more intensive outpatient services are indicated, we can treat young adolescents starting at age 13 in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents.
Adolescents and Young Adults
The highest prevalence of eating disorders is in adolescents and young adults. Extreme eating and weight loss behaviors are increasingly common in this population and associated with mental and physical health concerns in adulthood. Many teens go off to college with emerging or symptomatic eating disorders. Therefore, it critical to intervene as early as possible in order to take advantage of being in the home environment where parents are valued resources in helping their child.
Dr. Laura Huff, Director of the Eating Disorders Program, discuss how to choose a program for your child or adolescent who struggles with an eating disorder.
Although many people assume that eating disorders are adolescent problems, this is by no means the case. We know that eating disorders can emerge at any age and many individuals struggle with eating disorders symptoms well into adulthood. There have also been an increasing number of adults seeking treatment for eating disorders in mid-life or older. At SLBMI, we have several therapists who specialize in treatment of adults with eating disorders, including specialists with women’s issues through our Women’s Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness Program.
We welcome and routinely treat males with eating disorders in our outpatient services as well as our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs.
Elite athletes often share much in common with individuals with eating disorders and so are at risk for developing these conditions. When they do, recovery poses the challenge of how to restore and maintain health without jeopardizing involvement in sports. We have expertise in working with recovering athletes and design treatment to balance health and performance.
Family, Friends and Loved Ones
We also provide services to parents as well as friends and other individuals who love and care about someone with an eating disorder. Family members are often involved through individual family or group therapy sessions. We also provide consultation services to help when a loved one is in denial or resistant to help. Individual therapy may help other family member work through their own feelings and mental health needs.