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Eating Disorders Program

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Overview

Akron Children's Hospital's team of adolescent medicine physicians, registered dietitian, psychologist and clinical nurse specialists help children, teens and young adults manage disordered eating behaviors and establish new patterns of thinking about and approaching food. Together, we restore physical and emotional health through balanced nutrition, address body image issues, and give patients the coping skills they need to overcome eating disorders.

Timely, specialized care.

Early recognition and treatment of eating disorders are essential. Children and teens who are treated at a younger age typically experience better outcomes, including shorter illness duration and less severe medical complications such as cardiovascular problems, anemia, kidney dysfunction and osteoporosis.

New patients of our eating disorders program receive a thorough examination, psychological evaluation and nutrition assessment. We may also perform testing such as lab work to check for anemia, hormonal changes or other concerns, and bone scans to evaluate bone health. We make recommendations to you immediately following the evaluation. 

Outpatient care.

Our outpatient services may reduce the need for extended stays in residential treatment programs. We focus on helping your family learn the skills you need to manage an eating disorder at home.

In addition to managing medical concerns, outpatient treatment includes mental health therapy with a child and adolescent psychologist or other licensed mental health specialist. Our mental health specialists use proven therapies in treating eating disorders, including family, individual and group therapy.

Our patients also benefit from a registered dietitian who specializes in treating eating disorders. She will develop a healthy, balanced meal plan that's customized to your child's individual recovery goals. She will also counsel you on behavioral and lifestyle changes to improve long-term eating habits and health, and continually monitor and evaluate your child's progress.

Inpatient care.

If your child requires more support and structure than an outpatient program can provide, we will assist with a smooth admission to our medical inpatient unit or in finding appropriate care through a residential treatment program.

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Contact Eating Disorders Program

330-543-8538

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Eating Disorders Program
Akron Children's Hospital
Locust Professional Building
300 Locust St.
Suite 350
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-3687
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