Eating Disorder Treatment

Our Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport eating disorder specialist is trained in eating disorders and disordered eating (altered eating habits that can lead to a full-blown eating disorder) and can provide help to reach an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan by reviewing history, weight, height, growth charts and physical exam. Our specialist sees patients up to the age of 30 at our Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic located in Provenance neighborhood.

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. Although eating disorders are more likely in females, they also frequently occur in males. Eating Disorders often begin in the pre-teen or adolescent years but can occur at almost any age. They can be tricky to diagnose, and often begin with a seemingly normal determination to eat a healthier diet and exercise.

Treatment and Recovery

Recovery is more likely if a person with an eating disorder receives treatment early in the course of the illness. Eating disorder treatment typically involves a team approach, with the collaboration of a medical provider, therapist, dietician and often a psychiatrist. A family-centered approach with close family involvement has been shown by many researchers to offer the best chance of recovery 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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