Anorexia and childhood eating disorders treatment at Sheba Medical Center
Effective Treatment for Childhood and Adolescent Eating Disorders at Sheba Medical Center.
A coordinated, multidisciplinary effort is being made to effectively combat childhood eating disorders in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital.
This multipronged approach includes several methods of addressing these devastating childhood illnesses:
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Eating disorders are psychosomatic illnesses characterized by inappropriate eating. This may include being overly fastidious about food, binge eating, refusing to eat, or other irregularities.
Anorexia and bulimia are among the most common eating disorders in children and are usually the result of anxiety and/or poor body image.
Eating disorders in children and adolescents have traditionally been a Western problem, but that has now changed. Virtually every nation on Earth has some degree of pediatric eating disorder issue. Even some non-Western nations have eating disorder rates of 3.2% in adolescents. This represents hundreds of millions of children globally.
Overall, girls are more than twice as likely to suffer from an eating disorder compared to boys. It is likely that this is due mainly to media and social pressures regarding female body image. Worldwide, girls as young as 6-10 have reported having negative body images.
The symptoms vary according to the specific disorder, but may include:
At Sheba, we treat eating disorders in a holistic fashion. Every patient undergoes two individual mental treatments each week in addition to family therapy and movement therapy. Group treatments are also provided.
These include psychodynamic group therapy, cognitive-behavioral group therapy, psycho-educational group therapy for changing dietary habits, and a movement group to improve body image. Our patients’ families receive one-week family treatment facilitated by two therapists.
We provide eating disorder treatment for patients up to 19 years of age.
Dr. Edith Mitrani established the Department of Child Psychiatry at Safra Children’s Hospital in 1987. It is the oldest child psychiatry department in all of Israel and remains at the forefront of the treatment of pediatric psychiatric illnesses. In fact, the Department receives referrals of patients who have been unsuccessful with other therapies from all over the region.
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On average, patients stay with us for about six months. During that time, they are afforded medical and psychological treatment, including family therapy, along with a staffed classroom that operates six days a week. Our professional teachers will coordinate with your child’s teacher at home to ensure ongoing, appropriate education. In addition, we have teachers uniquely qualified in physical education for patients with eating disorders.
Also, we maintain expert and experienced pediatricians on staff to see to your child’s medical needs. This is in addition to our professional nutritionists, counsellors, and nurses.
The recovery rate varies according to the type of disorder, its severity, and the age and condition of the patient. Roughly, the standard treatment success rate is about 50%. However, the program at Sheba has a success rate near 60%.
This is exceptional considering that many of our patients have failed other treatment programs.
Sheba Medical Center sets the standard for excellence in patient-focused care. Recently, Newsweek included Sheba on their prestigious list of the Top Ten Best Hospitals Worldwide. This endorsement recognizes Sheba as a leading force in medical science and biotechnological innovation – maximizing the latest technologies while always providing holistic, outstanding healthcare. Sheba is strongly committed to delivering personalized, expert medicine to everyone from all over the world.
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Sheba Medical Center provides innovative, personalized medical care to patients from around the world. We are the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East and dedicated to providing advanced and compassionate medicine for everyone.
We welcome all cases, including the rarest and the most challenging. Our medical teams collaborate to provide the best possible health outcomes. From your initial inquiry through the long-term follow-up care, we are here for you.
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