Anorexia nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key features:

  • Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • A distorted body image

It’s About More than Weight

Despite what some people may think, at its core, anorexia isn’t really about food and weight. Eating disorders are much more complicated than that. The food and weight-related issues are anorexia symptoms of something more profound, such as:

  • Depression
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Loneliness
  • Insecurity
  • Pressure to be perfect
  • Feeling out of control

These are all things that no amount of dieting or weight loss can cure.

There are two types of anorexia.

  • Restricting Type – weight loss is achieved by limiting calories (following drastic diets, fasting, and exercising to excess).
  • Purging Type – weight loss is achieved by vomiting or using laxatives and diuretics.

Why our Anorexia Treatment is Successful

The cornerstone of all The Meadows Ranch treatment is the complete focus on the individual. Treatment duration is highly flexible and based on each patient’s unique needs.

Our age-appropriate program in Arizona offers care targeting girls as young as eight, teens, and adult women, and ensures that each one receives treatment from professionals specializing in her specific age group. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan implemented by a team of professionals.

Treatment plans include a psychiatric and primary care provider, a registered dietician, a licensed master’s or doctoral-level therapist, a psychologist, and registered nurses.

Along with treating the patient’s eating disorder, the team also treats co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or trauma.

In addition to individual and group therapy, patients engage in experiential treatments such as art, body image, equine, and challenge course therapies.

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.