Eating Disorder Treatment and Therapy

Our Eating Disorder Treatment and Therapy Services

At Ochsner LSU Health, we understand the importance of identifying and treating an eating disorder early on. Eating disorders and disordered eating (altered eating habits that can lead to a diagnosed eating disorder) can be tricky to diagnose, and often begin with a seemingly normal determination to eat a healthier diet and exercise. If left untreated, eating disorders can cause serious health consequences so it's important to seek help as early as possible.

Eating Disorders are a group of conditions characterized by abnormal eating habits that can cause serious health consequences. These conditions include but are not limited to Anorexia Nervosa with or without binge eating and purging, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

Treatment and Recovery

Our specialists will provide an individualized treatment plan and provide help to reach an accurate diagnosis by reviewing history, weight, height, growth charts and performing a physical exam. Although eating disorders are more likely in women, they frequently occur in men. Eating disorders often begin in the pre-teen or adolescent years but can occur at almost any age.

Eating disorder treatment typically involves a team approach, with the collaboration of a primary care provider, therapist, dietician, and often psychiatrist. A family-centered approach with close family involvement has been shown by many researchers to offer the best chance of recover for adolescents and children with eating disorders.

The medical care required by patients with eating disorders varies based on the severity of the illness. Patients and families can expect a thorough initial evaluation, often with labs and an EKG. An individualized plan for the patient will determine follow up recommendations. Follow up generally includes ongoing weight and health monitoring, and coordination of care if appropriate with the eating disorder team. With proper intervention, patients can fully recover from an eating disorder and return to normal eating patterns and a healthy body image. If left untreated, eating disorders can cause chronic and even life-long physical and emotional damage.

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