The Truth About Life
After Eating Disorders

Essays, Articles, & Nonfiction Works
by Aimee Liu

These treatment facilities offer specialized programs for eating disorders, including men and women over age 21.
Discover the many ways others are using their voices, talents, and passions to turn suffering into creativity and hope.
Links to websites and organizations that provide information and referrals.
References cited in GAINING
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
"I've read countless books about eating disorders, but I've never seen one like this. Combining the professional wisdom of leading experts with personal experiences from women and men all over the globe, this book fills a gap on the recovery bookshelf. Anyone who has been touched by an eating disorder needs to read this."—Jenni Schaefer, author of Life without Ed
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979

Treatment Programs for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect people of all ages. While writing an article about mid-life eating disorders for PREVENTION magazine, I compiled the following list of programs that specialize in treating grown-ups.

This list does NOT constitute a recommendation for any particular program. It is simply one place to begin your research if you are looking for specialized adult treatment.


Laureate Eating Disorders Program
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Tulsa, OK 74136

We do not commingle adolescents with adults and we usually have several women over the age of 40 in the program at any time.

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Center for Behavioral Change
3212 Skipwith Rd. Suite 104
Richmond, VA 23294

A structured out-patient program (group and individual, cognitive-behavioral focus).

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St. Cloud Hospital
Centracare Health plaza
Women's specialty center
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-229-4918​sch/​centers/​behavioral/​eating_disorders.html

At the Women's specialty clinic we have a multidisciplinary outpatient eating disorder treatment team. Our team is comprised of three therapists and a nutritionists who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. We also collaborate with several physicians and physiatrists to provide the most comprehensive care to our clients. We treat adults of all ages with Binge eating disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, and other eating disorder difficulties on an outpatient basis.

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The Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA​eatingdisorder/​index.htm

Our program at River Oaks in New Orleans treats both adults and adolescents.

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The Center for Eating Disorders
The Bodywise Program
111 North First #2, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor has a program "Bodywise," developed to help people of all ages dealing specifically with BED, chronic dieting and body image. Most of our clients are between 30 and 50 years of age.

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Center for Change- an eating disorder recovery center
1790 N State St
Orem, UT 84057

Rebecca’s House
Eating Disorder Outpatient Programs™
Diets Don’t Work®
23861 El Toro Road
7th Floor
Lake Forest, CA 92630

1. Diets Don’t Work® Structured Program. 800-711-63336.
2. Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Centers. 800-711-2062.

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Conscious Eating®, LLC
5575 Lake Park Way, Ste 114
La Mesa, CA 91942

Conscious Eating was created for adult women who have battled with "emotional eating", "binge eating" or "stress eating" for most of their adult life. We also work with women who have had weight loss surgery.

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5115 "F" Street
Omaha, NE 68117
Ph: 402-397-9866
Fax: 402-397-1404​edc.htm

The only day program in the state of Nebraska for adult women; works to maintain adult women in the community through partial day and intensive outpatient programs.

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The Awakening Center
3523 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

The Awakening Center in Chicago has many groups and services. The majority of our clients are adult women from 25 to 55 years old.

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Eating Disorder Institute
Fargo, North Dakota

We treat significant numbers of women in their 30s-60s for eating disorders. We have outpatient services both individual and group therapies, partial hospitalization (day hospital) and inpatient hospital services that all address the different theraputic needs of older (non-adolescent) patients.
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Eating Disorders Program
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Meyer 101, 600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287​Psychiatry/​eating_disorders/​

The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program treats a large percentage of older patients as we are a tertiary referral facility and have a very well-established reputation for treating chronic and medically ill cases.
• Nationally recognized.
• Over 30 years experience.
• Integrated inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient programs.
• Supervised overnight accommodation for partial hospital patients.
• Daily evaluation and treatment by a psychiatrist-led team.
• Teatment of coexisting medical and psychiatric conditions.
• Behavioral, cognitive and group therapies, psychoeducation, family therapy and parent training.
• We help our patients:
• interrupt unhealthy behavioral cycles and establish healthy eating
• prepare meals, grocery shop and eat in restaurants
• eat in social settings
• reduce preoccupation with food and weight
• improve communication skills and self-esteem
create healthier goals for themselves

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The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia
475 Spring Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Renfrew has a Thirty Something and Beyond(TSAB) track for adult women at the Philadelphia residential program. They also run a TSAB group at the Philadelphia outpatient program.

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The Eating For Life Program
QEII Eating Disorder Clinic
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 2E2
(902) 473-6285
(902) 473-6282 fax under "Capital Health A to Z" and then look up "Eating Disorders"

Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre's Eating Disorder Clinic is in
Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada (address below). We are an adult clinic, 40-50% of
our clients are above the age of 30. We have a few males from time to time but
95+% are women.

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The Oak House is located in Melbourne Australia.
Phone: (03) 9888 4737
Fax: (03) 9888 4797
E-mail: info@​

The Oak House is a private out-patient facility that treats sufferers of all types of eating disorders and all ages. Our adult program is specifically designed to assist the adult and the carers (family, partner, friends) in bringing about recovery. Many of our clients are 30 + years old and have been unwell for many years. Our program involves psychological, dietary and family counselling (usually intensive treatment of several sessions per week), support groups, meal support (if required), stage-specific group therapy programs, and medical management and liaison.

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