Helping Children, Teens and Young Adults Find Healthy Eating Balance

Eating disorders in children, teens and young adults can be complex and require a broad approach to treatment. At the Indiana University Health Charis Center, our experts are specially trained to care for the unique needs of young patients. Our staff specialists help patients find nutritional and emotional balance so they can return to and maintain healthy eating. Our site offers Indiana’s most comprehensive program providing medical, psychological and nutritional services for patients.

We treat:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Other related disorders

Patients receive complete care all in one place. Our team includes physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, nurses, family therapists and art therapists. The levels of treatment we offer include outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization.

The IU Health Charis Center has recently doubled in size, allowing us to offer an even more comprehensive experience as patients go through therapy. We have been able to increase the number and types of therapy groups in the updated center. The expansion also includes a kitchen area so we can provide more patient and family experiential therapy related to meals, portion sizes and preparation.

Careful Assessment

We begin by assessing a patient’s readiness for change, since ambivalence about giving up the eating disorder is not uncommon. We promote change by encouraging patients to move forward incrementally and by acknowledging that the path to recovery is not straight. Instead, it has loops and plunges that can gradually contribute to the wisdom necessary for recovery. The pace at which a person moves toward recovery can be influenced by motivation, severity of the eating disorder, amount of social support and physical condition. A medical assessment is essential during the course of treatment for eating disorders.

We offer care in outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospital settings, depending upon the needs of each individual. In the rare instance when a patient requires inpatient care, team members at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis provide treatment.