About Eating Disorders

Selecting an eating disorder treatment program for yourself or someone you care about may be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. Most people don't know what to look for in a quality program and not all eating disorder treatment centers are the same — they differ greatly in program options, staff qualifications, credentials, cost, and effectiveness.

So...having said all of the above, you now know that you'll need to ask appropriate questions when you call an eating disorder treatment program for information, and that you should expect to receive clear answers. Here are a few of the things to find out:

  1. Cost and Insurance plans accepted
  2. Length of Program
  3. Basis of Program (spiritual, religious, cognitive-behavioral, etc.)
  4. Qualifications/Certifications of staff
  5. Schedule of daily activities

The more complete the answers to these questions are, the better able you will be to ascertain if the eating disorder treatment center is going to meet your specific needs.