teen girl eating and wondering about disordered eating in teensWhat Is Disordered Eating?

Many people confuse disordered eating and eating disorders — or assume they’re the same thing. Actually, these are two different issues for people who have disturbances in their eating habits. At the most basic level, disordered eating in teens refers to those whose preoccupation with food doesn’t reach the intensity necessary for an eating disorder diagnosis. It’s usually a symptom of a larger problem. A person may have many of the symptoms of anorexia or bulimia, but they don’t quite fit into the clinical definition.

At Ascend, we recognize that disordered eating in teens is often a representation of their mental health. We address their issues with food and body weight in order to improve their progress dealing with their primary diagnosis. Unfortunately, Ascend is not equipped to help children with an active eating disorder.

How Can Ascend Help?

There are many ways in which we address disordered eating in your teen’s personalized treatment plan. Most importantly, our clinicians talk through what their eating habits say about their mental health and why they might choose to express themselves through food. Our team also provides plenty of emotional support and guidance in all aspects of their time with us to ensure your child is staying on track towards better mental health. 

In addition to a clinical approach to disordered eating, we also have a holistic one. Our in-house chef cooks every lunch and dinner, we stock the kitchen with healthy snacks, and we have a registered dietician on staff to create dietary plans and educate your child on healthy eating habits. We do insist that teens under our care make their own breakfast to help create a sense of routine and reinforce the need for self-care.

Contact Us to Learn More

We know that finding the right treatment plan and residential facility for your teen can be tough. If you’re looking for a caring and inclusive space that meets your child where they are and treats their whole person, Ascend is the program for you. We have years of experience working with disordered eating in teens who are also struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and more.

Start the admissions process when you reach out to us today at 310.388.3713. You can also get in touch with us by filling out our contact form. One of our team members will reach out to you to discuss you and your child’s needs.