How are Eating Disorders Treated?

Treatment for Eating Disorders can vary depending on your particular disorder and your symptoms.  Typically treatment goals include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binging and purging behaviors.

Eating disorder treatment involves addressing other health problems caused by an eating disorder, which can be serious or even life-threatening if they go untreated for long enough.  If an eating disorder doesn’t improve with standard treatment or causes health problems, you may need hospitalization or another type of inpatient program.

Treatment plans often are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following:

  • Individual, group, or family psychotherapy
  • Medical care and monitoring
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Medications (for example, antidepressants).

Generally it is best that everyone involved in your treatment liaise between each other about your progress so that any adjustments can be made to your treatment as needed.

Managing an eating disorder can be a long term challenge and you may need to continue to see your doctor, psychologist or other support members of your treatment team on a regular basis once your eating disorder and related health problems are under control.


Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment.  She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.

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