• Eating Disorders Program

    According to the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), eating disorders rank as the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls. The Cincinnati Children’s Eating Disorders Program serves adolescents, both male and female, struggling with unhealthy eating behaviors, including: 

    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Binge eating disorder / overeating
    • Subsyndromal eating disorder symptoms

    An interdisciplinary team has been developed within Cincinnati Children's to provide an appropriate treatment for each patient’s situation. Our Eating Disorders Program continuum of care includes outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient treatment options. The level of treatment intensity is guided by the nature and severity of your child’s needs and also allows for step-down treatment support through the healing journey.

  • Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are frequently seen among adolescents (male and female). Symptoms that represent an eating disorder or subsyndromal eating disturbance include:

    • Sudden or significant weight loss
    • Experiencing lighter, more irregular periods or skipping menstrual periods
    • Failure to maintain recommended weight
    • Dizziness or passing out
    • Purple hands and feet
    • Hair loss
    • Cold intolerance
    • Self-imposed food restriction (in variety and volume)
    • Preoccupation with weight or shape
    • Binging behaviors
    • Obsessive focus on food, nutrition or exercise
    • Avoidance of eating in the presence of others
    • Eating or food rituals
    • Persistent negative comments about weight or body
    • Avoidance of certain classes of foods (fats, carbohydrates)
    • Eating the same food over and over
    • Social isolation

    Our Division of Adolescent Medicine provides outpatient treatment to children and adolescents up to 21 years of age.

    A comprehensive outpatient treatment team evaluates the patient, identifies his or her specific needs, develops a treatment plan and coordinates care. We work to help identify necessary disciplines and involve other providers in the care process. Our full-service interdisciplinary treatment team includes:

    • Adolescent medicine physicians
    • Child psychiatrists
    • Child psychologist
    • Registered dietitians
    • Mental health therapists

    The partial hospitalization program is a comprehensive outpatient treatment option for adolescents ages 12 to 18 who are actively attending high school. Partial hospitalization can assist adolescents in transitioning from an inpatient stay to a daily routine within their home environment and can also be considered as a treatment alternative to inpatient hospitalization.

    Treatment Components

    • Individual therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Educational services
    • Psychiatric consultation

    Collaboration with the physicians, therapists and school personnel is a priority.

    The program provides two hours of classroom time each day with a certified, hospital-employed teacher. Our teacher will work with your child's school to coordinate assignments and other concerns regarding school. Parents will be asked to sign a release of information to allow coordination with patients school.

    Treatment Team

    Your treatment team is made up of the following:

    • Psychiatrists (MD)
    • Registered nurses (RN)
    • Licensed Social Workers
    • Mental health specialists (MHS)
    • Teacher

    Our symptom specific inpatient treatment program offers 24-hour specialized psychiatric and nutritional care for adolescents between the ages of 12 to 18 who are actively attending high school. The treatment team works with each patient to address specific symptoms, and more important, to resolve deeper issues enabling recovery and improved mental and physical wellness.

    Our eating disorders treatment team includes:

    • Board-certified psychiatrists
    • Registered dietitians
    • Mental health specialist (trained in family-based treatment)
    • Occupational therapist (by referral)
    • Licensed Social Workers
    • Behavior specialist (by referral)
    • Speech therapist (by referral)

    Because eating disorders are a form of mental illness, patients admitted to the inpatient unit live and receive therapy side by side with patients facing other mental illnesses.

    Psychiatric consultations for adolescents are available to inpatient and partial hospitalization patients through the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in collaboration with the Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Treatment Team.

    Most major insurance programs cover treatment services offered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We are an Ohio Medicaid provider, with limited availability for non-Ohio Medicaid.

    Financial service representatives at Cincinnati Children’s are available to answer questions and assist families in obtaining insurance authorization or applying for financial aid programs. For questions about financial services,  call 513-636-4427, option 9.

    For outpatient referrals or questions about the Cincinnati Children’s Eating Disorders Program, contact:

    Anita Wilson
    Phone: 513-636-9657
    Email: anita.wilson@cchmc.org
    Normal business hours, Monday through Friday

    For immediate or acute care, contact the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC), open 24 hours, seven days a week:

    PIRC
    Phone: 513-636-4124
    Email: psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org

    Outpatient

    The Cincinnati Children’s adolescent medicine and psychiatry teams offer outpatient treatment services for eating disorders at:

    Partial Hospitalization and Inpatient Care

    The Cincinnati Children’s Eating Disorders Program offers partial hospitalization and inpatient care at Lindner Center of HOPE, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040.

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  • Adolescent Medicine

    The Cincinnati Children's Eating Disorders Program is a collaboration between the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Learn more about Adolescent Medicine.

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  • The Cincinnati Children's Eating Disorder Program offers partial hospitalization and inpatient care at Lindner Center of HOPE.

    We offer partial hospitalization and inpatient care at Lindner Center of HOPE.