Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program

One out of every one hundred women suffers from Anorexia Nervosa and three out of one hundred women suffer from Bulimia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are serious mental health illnesses that can have significant and sometimes irreversible medical complications that can lead to death. The incidence of eating disorders is also increasing in very young children and in males.

The professionals at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania offer a full range of treatment options for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Conditions treated include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and related Eating Disorders. Who should be referred to these programs? Warning signs and symptoms include: preoccupation with food and weight, distortion of body image, restriction of food intake, vomiting after eating and loss of menstrual periods. While criteria for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are well established, it is increasingly evident that many patients especially adolescents may present with symptoms of an eating disorders, that do not fulfill the complete criteria.

Services include outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization/day treatment. In all cases, patients work with a knowledgeable and experienced multi-disciplinary treatment team to maximize potential for recovery.

Goals of treatment include medical stabilization, nutritional rehabilitation, control of abnormal eating behavior, psychological treatment and prevention of relapse.

If you or someone you care about is affected by an eating disorder, it is important to seek help!