Eating Disorders

Our specialists provide comprehensive, whole-person treatment for all types of eating disorders. We offer inpatient and outpatient eating disorder treatment programs to help restore your child’s health.

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We offer comprehensive eating disorder treatment programs. To learn more about our services, call 310-825-2631.

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Why choose UCLA Health for eating disorder treatment?

UCLA Health eating disorder specialists offer inpatient and outpatient programs for eating disorder treatment. Our experts help adolescents and young adults deal with thoughts and behaviors that contribute to eating disorders.

Highlights of our program include:

Specialized treatment programs: Our treatment programs provide multiple levels of care, treatment, and support so your child can access the type of care they need, regardless of which stage of treatment they’re in.

Personalized guidance: When your child first comes to us, you may not know what level of care they need. Our skilled intake coordinators help determine which services are most appropriate and connect you and your child to the correct care providers.

Tailored, multispecialty treatment: Multiple experts work together to offer your child a full spectrum of personalized treatments. Care plans may include medical stabilization, nutrition counseling and behavioral health services.

Our services

Our programs address the needs of adolescents and young adults with all types of eating disorders. Whether families come to us for inpatient anorexia treatment or outpatient treatment for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), we can help. Our eating disorder programs and services include:

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Eating Disorders Program

The AYAM Eating Disorders Program at UCLA Health Mattel Children’s Hospital delivers proven, compassionate care. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services for patients with known eating disorders or concerns about disordered eating.

Our specialists in medicine, dietetics and psychology help children, adolescents, young adults, and their families on the journey to recovery. This program works in conjunction with the Inpatient Eating Disorders Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

Eating Disorders Program at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

The Eating Disorders Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick UCLA Health Neuropsychiatric Hospital is internationally recognized for exceptional inpatient eating disorder treatment. We provide:

  • 24-hour nursing supervision
  • Individual and family psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric management
  • Skills-building therapies

Since 1962, our eating disorder therapists have consistently helped patients and families better understand all types of eating disorders. We teach children and their families how to manage eating disorder symptoms at home, increasing the chances that treatment is successful in the long-term.

Medical Stabilization Inpatient Program

At UCLA Health Santa Monica Hospital, a team of physicians, psychologists, dietitians, and nurses oversees medical recovery for malnourished adolescents and young adults. We focus on restoring physical health while providing psychosocial support, behavioral health plans, family education and discharge planning. 

Nourish for Life Outpatient Program

At UCLA Health Mattel Children’s Hospital, our specialists provide outpatient support for those age 26 and under. We first conduct an eating disorder-focused medical assessment and evaluation with a psychologist and dietitian. Then we offer appropriate care based on each patient’s and family’s needs. 

Eating disorders we treat

The distinction between “eating disorder” and “disordered eating” can be subtle. If you’re concerned about your child’s disordered eating patterns, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment can help prevent the progression to an eating disorder or speed recovery from an established eating disorder.

Eating disorder symptoms and causes may be different for each patient. The major types of eating disorders include:

Anorexia nervosa: A disorder characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight, severe food restriction and distorted body image.

Avoidant/restrictive feeding intake disorder (ARFID): A disorder in which a person doesn’t consume enough calories for the body to function but is not obsessed with weight loss or body size.

Binge eating disorder: A disorder in which a person compulsively eats unusually large amounts of food and feels unable to stop.

Bulimia nervosa: An obsession with weight loss and body image that causes a person to binge eat and then attempt to vomit (purge), fast or exercise excessively.

Eating disorder treatments we offer

Treatment varies based on each patient’s needs, but care plans may include:

Inpatient treatment

Inpatient eating disorder treatment includes:

  • Physical exam and lab tests
  • Nutritional assessment and meal plan from a registered dietitian
  • Fully supervised meals
  • Psychosocial support including psychological assessment, family education and anxiety management techniques

During inpatient treatment, we also:

  • Address electrolyte, vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by malnutrition
  • Monitor heart, lungs, and other body systems
  • Evaluate growth and development

Outpatient treatment

Outpatient eating disorder treatment may include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): A type of therapy that involves talking with an eating disorder therapist to identify and change negative or irrational thoughts.

Enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E): Combines talk therapy with specific practices, such as limiting weigh-ins or introducing “forbidden” foods into a person’s diet.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT): A type of CBT that helps people learn to deal with distress and negative emotions in healthier ways to improve their interactions with others. 

Exposure therapy: Gradually introduces a fear or trigger into a person’s life, such as specific foods, to decrease their anxiety around the fear.

Family-based treatment (FBT): A treatment method that centers around family meals, during which the entire family works to help the child change behaviors and gain nutrition.

Our expert team

For decades, our experts have helped adolescents, young adults and their families overcome eating disorders. Our team includes experts in nutrition, medicine, and psychology. This collaborative approach allows us to provide comprehensive care for your child’s mind and body. 

Contact us

Call 310-825-2631 to request an appointment with an eating disorder specialist at UCLA Health.