As a parent, you anticipate so many events in the life of your child: birthdays, graduations, perhaps even a future marriage and children. Here’s one thing a mother or father never anticipates: the advent of an eating disorder. Unfortunately, eating disorders are an epidemic throughout America, especially in young people. Although the average age of onset is 14, children are being diagnosed today as young as eight.
Children with Eating Disorders
Throughout our two decades of offering anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder treatment, we have interacted with hundreds of families, and thousands of parents. At The Meadows Ranch, we treat children ages 8-12 and teens 13-17 years of age.
Most of these mothers and fathers were probably like you: they loved their daughter and did the very best they could to bring her up well. When she was diagnosed with an eating disorder, they were stunned. That’s because eating disorders are often so difficult to detect. What’s more, a common trait among those with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder is a high level of secrecy and dishonesty.
Eating Disorder Help for Your Child
Fortunately, warning signs do exist for both anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. If you suspect your daughter is heading toward an eating disorder, please get help immediately. First, consult with your primary care provider, and if indicated, consider outpatient treatment with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. However, if your daughter has an eating disorder, has been in therapy for many months and is not improving, please consider allowing us to provide the care that she requires.
We understand that the idea of inpatient or residential treatment may be daunting, but sometimes, that is what it takes to save a life. The truth is, far too many women and girls die from eating disorders.
If your daughter requires inpatient treatment, please trust us with her care. We can guarantee that she will receive the best possible treatment in an environment of compassion, love, and support at The Meadows Ranch.
Long Lasting Eating Disorder Recovery
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. 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.