Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program at Texas Children’s Hospital was established in 1986. The program provides interdisciplinary inpatient (including 24 hour on-call coverage) and outpatient care for adolescent and young adults with eating disorders. The program also trains the future doctors and psychologists in clinical management of eating disorders.

To support and manage the health of patients, we provide outpatient and inpatient treatment, as determined by medical severity. Our health care professionals are committed to an interdisciplinary team approach with a focus on the healthy development of the patient.

Our team of professionals in the Eating Disorders Program treat the following eating disorders:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorders or Compulsive Overeating
  • Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorders
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating disorder
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Interdisciplinary clinical care involves development and participation in a medical and behavioral evidence-based  approach to care. The team consists of 5 board certified Adolescent Medicine physicians, each with three years of fellowship training in the inpatient and outpatient management of eating disorders, clinical psychologists, dieticians, nurses, patient-care extenders, physical therapists, hospital school, child life therapists, hospital chaplain, social work and child adolescent psychiatry consultants.

The Eating Disorder Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is a member of the national consortium National Eating Disorder Quality Improvement Collaborative (NEDQIC).


Services

Our health care professionals are committed to an interdisciplinary team approach with a focus on the healthy development of the patient. Interdisciplinary clinical care involves development and participation in a medical and behavioral evidence-based approach to care.  Our team meets regularly to coordinate care for our adolescents. Our close collaboration helps each adolescent get the most individualized and comprehensive plan.


Outpatient Treatment

We offer a full team of professionals to help address all aspects of health living. Outpatient Treatment includes:

  • Medical visits that occur as often as determined necessary by the physician.
  • Dietitian support is available for individualized intervention of meal planning and nutritional balance.
  • Individual and family therapists provide psychological and behavioral intervention to address eating concerns, body image and self-esteem concerns, as well as other presenting difficulties with depression or anxiety. In addition, therapists may assist with family communication, helping the family to establish a healthy support system, and education to parents and family members about eating disorders.

Inpatient Treatment

Our inpatient treatment of eating disorder is a medical hospitalization to treat severe malnutrition and medical complications of eating disorders. This program includes:

  • Daily monitoring from medical professionals and dietitians.
  • Individual & family provided by team of Psychologists focusing on psychological well-being and transition from hospital to home.
  • Group therapy is offered three times per week and focuses on coping strategies, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and psychoeducation.
  • Individual therapy is 2-3 times per week, Family therapy once a week, and Group therapy is 3 times per week.
  • Hospital school (Monday through Friday)
  • Monitored physical activity (stretching, strength training and cardiovascular exercise) within our Wellness Center (once medically stable)
  • Child Life Therapists, including music therapy 2x/week
  • Hospital Chaplain

Our Team