Eating Disorder and Treatment

Eating disorders are chronic conditions that can last decades and may result in serious medical and psychological consequences. When a teenager suffers from anorexia, the destructive nature of the disorder can provoke significant strain on relationships with family members, extended family members and others.

Symptoms include:

  • Significant weightloss (weight loss)
  • Change in eating patterns
  • Excessive debate and/or negotiation with parents about food, meals, body image
  • Skipping meals or beginning to make excuses for missing meals (e.g. homework, sports, etc.)

Why early, highly effective treatment is important:
Historically, clinics offering traditional, individually based/adolescent focused treatment typically accept the notion that Anorexia Nervosa is, more often than not, a chronic condition, requiring on average 3-5 + years of treatment, with a high relapse rate.  Although not widely available throughout the country, our physicians at Kahala Clinic for Children & Family utilize specially designed family therapy and family-based treatment techniques offering a different prognostic outlook -- higher recovery rates and lower relapse rates. Research and clinical experience drive Dr. Keifer's and Dr. Bell's belief that most patients and families can recover with lasting results, while remaining connected to peers, school and their community.

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