Treatment of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive.

People with eating disorders need to seek professional help. Early diagnosis and intervention may  enhance recovery. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions.

The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs.  Treatment is tailored to each person based on individual needs.  At times, more intensive treatment than outpatient care, may be necessary. 1

At Bates…….

The Health Center provides a multidisciplinary approach by providing counseling, medical care, and nutritional consultation.  To speak with someone confidentially at the Health Center, simply sign in as you enter the front desk.  After signing in, you may have a seat in the waiting room until your name is called.  It is not necessary to disclose the reason for your visit at the reception desk.

Counseling at the Health Center is confidential and free of charge.

The Health Center has an eating disorder specialist to provide counseling to men and women experiencing related issues.


 1.        Portions of this handout were reprinted with permission from National Eating Disorders Association “Treatment of Eating Disorders”.  Information and Referral Helpline:  800-931-2237