If you or a loved one suffers from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, we can help. Our eating disorders program helps adolescents and adults who use food to cope with stress, anxiety or other conflicts build a healthy relationship with food.
Why Choose Loma Linda University Eating Disorder Programs
- Focus on individual medical and mental health needs
- Outpatient and partial hospitalization programs with help after discharge
- Partnership with family members and friends to increase the effectiveness of treatment
- Specialized in treating those with anorexia and bulimia, while addressing other mental and behavioral health issues such as depression, anxiety and substance use that may be present
What are common symptoms of an eating disorder?
Those with an eating disorder typically exercise unhealthy behaviors such as undereating, purging, laxative, diet pills and diuretic use, as well as excessive exercising and weight fluctuation.
Our eating disorder services include:
- Individual and family therapy groups
- Nutrition counseling
- Art therapy
- Structured meals
- Goals, coping, and life skills
- Meal planning
- Stress management
- Spiritual care
- Community and school reintegration
- Relapse prevention
What is an eating disorder?
An eating disorder is not about food. Food merely serves as a coping mechanism for the pressure, stress, or conflict in one's life. The disorder is often caused by a strong desire to be perfect, a need to control, and body distortion. Eating disorders are both a medical and psychological disease. Such disorders are best treated by a comprehensive program that treats the two concerns.
My child is afraid of gaining weight and getting fat. I've noticed she hardly touches anything on her plate. Mealtime has become a battlefield for the whole family. Does my child have an eating disorder?
Fear of gaining weight, fear of getting fat, and difficulty finishing healthy meals are often signs of an eating disorder. In addition, family mealtime tends to be tense and is often avoided and met with resistance.
My daughter has been exercising and using diet pills so she can lose weight and maintain her ideal body size. I recently learned she has been taking laxatives and diuretics and exercises excessively. I'm really afraid that she may have an eating disorder.
Your child is displaying significant eating disorder behaviors of anorexia. This is the fear of gaining weight and the fear of what food can do to one's body. Your daughter should receive a complete medical examination by her physician. Discuss your concerns about your daughter's eating behaviors with the physician.
I'm worried that my child may have bulimia. My daughter seems to eat a lot for periods at a time. I've noticed that she feels guilty afterwards and that she is vomiting after eating. How do I talk with my child about my concerns?
Your daughter is experiencing the bulimic cycle of binging and purging. This includes the guilt that accompanies this eating disorder. The best way to talk with her about this is with love and understanding. Once you talk with your child, follow-up with her physician for a complete medical examination.
As a parent, what role do I have in the treatment of my child's eating disorder?
Parents are an important part of the recovery process and have a required involvement in their child's treatment. Participating in our family-centered treatment groups is critical to success.