The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders is the only hospital-based program in the Twin Cities to offer immediate access for medical stabilization coordinated through the center or, after hours, through our emergency department. Children's is able to offer expert care for medical stabilization with 24/7 hospitalists, telemetry monitoring, nutritional rehabilitation, high staff to patient ratios and access to specialists. Our inpatient program provides evidence-based eating disorder treatment for patients up to age 24 (based on developmental level).

Inpatient Treatment Goals

  • Restore physical health
  • Attain healthy body weight
  • Decrease eating disorder behavior and thoughts
  • Prepare for outpatient treatment
  • Empower you and your family to make positive changes at home

What a typical day is like:

  • Weight and vitals checked each morning to monitor your physical health
  • Daily rounds with the team to see how you’re doing and talk with you and your family about your care plan
  • 3 meals (breakfast/lunch/supper) and 2 snacks (afternoon/evening) as a group and with either a dietician or child life staff member
  • Group activities which may involve psychotherapy or physical therapy: talking about how eating disorders affect your body or your emotions, making collages, listening to music or painting
  • Meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist individually or with your family to discuss how you’re doing
  • Physical therapy groups
  • Time to work with a tutor and do your homework
  • Time for visiting with family

What we expect of you as an inpatient and active member of your recovery:

  • Attend and participate in all groups and appointments
  • Have your weight and vital signs checked everyday
  • Follow your individualized treatment plan, which includes eating all meals and snacks
  • Work with your family who will help you sustain your recovery after you leave the hospital
  • Maintaining a positive environment on the unit without counterproductive behaviors (such as: vomiting, unsupervised exercise, negative talk, etc.)