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Anorexia and childhood eating disorders treatment at Sheba Medical Center

Effective Treatment for Childhood and Adolescent Eating Disorders at Sheba Medical Center.

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    Holistic Anorexia Treatment

    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:

    • There are facilities available for 21 inpatients to receive around the clock care.
    • Our interdisciplinary staff consists of child and adolescent psychiatrists, nutritionists, teachers, psychologists, pediatricians, counselors, and nursing personnel.
    • Therapies provided include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and more.
    • We have a training program to guide new therapists in the appropriate treatment of pediatric eating disorders.
    • We treat about 70 patients each year and have seen a total of 1500 children and adolescents with eating disorders.
    • Our expert and experienced staff take a holistic approach to childhood eating disorders, treating not just the symptoms but also the root cause. Complete recovery is our goal.

    If a child you love is suffering from an eating disorder, contact Sheba Medical Center now,
    where every patient receives world-class medicine with a personal touch.

    What are Eating Disorders?

    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.

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    How Prevalent are Eating Disorders?

    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.

    What are the Symptoms of an Eating Disorder?

    The symptoms vary according to the specific disorder, but may include:

    • Dry and yellowish skin
    • Brittle hair and nails
    • Lethargy and fatigue
    • Severe constipation
    • Throat inflammation
    • Acid reflux
    • Damage to the teeth

    What are the Long Term Consequences of Eating Disorders?

    • Heart rhythm and rate disturbances
    • Brittle bones
    • Muscle wasting
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Stomach ulcers
    • Abnormal blood pressure

    How are Eating Disorders Treated?

    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.

    Who is Eligible for Treatment?

    We provide eating disorder treatment for patients up to 19 years of age.

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    What is the History of the Department of Child Psychiatry?

    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.

    Don’t risk your child’s health by delaying. Contact Sheba Medical Center now to get started with innovative treatment for pediatric eating disorders.

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    What is the Average Length of Stay

    What is the Average Length of Stay and What Facilities are Provided?

    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.

    What is the Recovery Rate for Eating Disorders?

    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.

    What is the Recovery Rate for Eating Disorders?
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