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Eating Disorder Guides for Families | Menlo Park, CA

A guide to supporting those with an eating disorder

The information on this page is designed to provide some suggestions to the families of those struggling with an eating disorder.  These suggestions are designed to help family members provide and maintain a supportive environment.  These suggestions are not, nor should they be considered a form of treatment.  Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other eating disorders are severe illnesses and it is important to seek professional treatment from eating disorder specialists.  Remember that eating disorders are serious illnesses that affect your family and yourself.  To maintain a clear focus on providing a thorough treatment plan, within a nurturing environment, use our personal and professional steps to recovery.  

Where to start

•  Know that eating disorders are severe illnesses and require specialized treatment.
•  Go to your primary care physician for a medical consultation.
•  Seek guidance and education from eating disorder treatment specialists.
•  Seek professional eating disorder treatment specialists for assessment and treatment.
•  Know that eating disorder recovery is often a long-term process.

Suggestions on How to Support your loved one

•  Express your love and acceptance.
•  Talk with your loved one about your concerns. Use concrete examples without blaming or shaming.
•  Journal your observations of their daily behavior, moods, and eating habits.
•  Ask questions. Try to gain an understanding of what they believe is happening.
•  Ask about their motivations that may be contributing to the eating disorder behavior.
•  Seek professional assistance from your primary care physician.
•  Find a local eating disorder specialist (Call us at 866-458-5441 to find a specialist in your area).
•  Ask your eating disorder treatment specialist how to safely monitor moods, activities, and eating habits.
•  Encourage your loved one to take responsibility for their treatment and recovery.
•  Remain supportive and kind to your loved one.
•  Develop a support system to help when you are overwhelmed.

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What are some types of eating disorders that Discovery specializes in treating?

Center For Discovery recovery treatment centers specializes in treating a variety of eating disorders and customizes treatment to the individual. Our Menlo Park, CA eating disorder treatment center provides treatment for the following eating disorders: 

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Orthorexia Nervosa

  • Compulsive Overeating

  • Selective Eating Disorder (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) 

Take a tour of our Menlo Park Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Our Menlo Park - Center For Discovery Residential Treatment Center specializes in treating most eating disorders with customized treatment for the individual to get  well on the way to his/her recovery.

For more information, resources, or to consult with an eating disorder treatment specialist, call 650.469.8845