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Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Yale Medicine hospitalists, and behavioral health specialists provide expert care in the hospital setting to children who are experiencing medical complications associated with an eating disorder. Advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, therapists, nutritionists, child life specialists and art therapists round out the care team. Children are cared for medically, nutritionally and psychologically.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge-eating Disorder


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As part of admission, the child and their family meet with both the medical and behavioral health teams for a consultation. This interview includes gathering of background information to help inform an individualized treatment plan and recommendation for care.

Inpatient Care

During a child’s inpatient stay, daily rounding is conducted by the medical team, and a psychiatric evaluation is completed. Therapeutic activities are provided by child life specialists to engage and help children cope with their hospitalization. Family meetings occur over the course of hospitalization. The frequency of these meetings depends on the severity of the child’s condition. Parents and caregivers can communicate with the team throughout their child’s inpatient treatment.

Common Eating Disorders We Treat


A condition characterized by weight loss and a distorted body image, in which the person has a fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia dramatically restrict the calories and types of foods they consume, may exercise compulsively and, in some cases, purge by vomiting or use laxatives.


A cycle of binging on food (in large amounts) and compensating with such behaviors as self-induced vomiting. When a person is having a bulimic episode, they feel unable to control the amount of food they are eating.

Binge-eating Disorder

Similar to bulimia in that it involves episodes of uncontrolled eating, but it does not involve purging. Binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder.

Yale School of Medicine

Yale New Haven Health is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Yale University and its highly ranked Yale School of Medicine.