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Our medical dog supports patients with eating disorders

Children’s Minnesota has a medical dog named Riggs, who joined the team in May 2023. Riggs spreads his time out to different care areas, but he spends a lot of time with our patients at the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (CTED).

New Year’s resolution: Ditch the weight loss talk

Many people’s New Year’s resolutions center around starting new habits and trying to get healthier. People often have a goal of losing a certain number of pounds or going to the gym a certain number of times. But Dr. Katy Miller suggests taking a different approach to resolutions with your kids.

Spike in ED visits for adolescent mental health, including eating disorders, new CDC study reports

On the two-year anniversary of COVID-19, we’re learning more about the impact of the pandemic on adolescent mental health, particularly eating disorders in kids and teens. There were more than four times the number of adolescents treated in the emergency department (ED) across the country for eating disorders in 2022 than in 2020, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was released in February.

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Managing eating disorders during the holidays

The holidays are a time many people look forward to, filled with food and family gatherings. But for many people, especially those with eating disorders, this time of the year can be challenging. Get tips for supporting children with eating disorders here.

What’s new in eating disorders? A presentation by Dr. Le Grange

April 18, 2017, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul


Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

Children's Minnesota experts are leaders in the development of treatment for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). ARFID is a newly recognized eating disorder that is characterized by a lack of interest in eating or food, avoidance based on the sensory characteristics of food (e.g. textures), or a concern about aversive consequences of eating (e.g. fear or vomiting, choking or abdominal pain). Patients with ARFID do not exhibit body image concerns but their eating patterns interfere with appropriate growth or result in weight loss or impairments in daily functioning.

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which there’s a cycle of binging and purging calories through actions like vomiting, laxatives or compulsive exercise. It’s related to self-image.

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which people obsess about their weight and what they eat. They maintain a body weight well below what’s normal for their height and age, often through starving or excessive exercise. Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among teen girls according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Grand Rounds: Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., Minneapolis

This week's grand rounds will feature:

Know the warning signs: Detecting eating disorders earlier to treat patients more successfully

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., Edina

Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders – 2016 Education Series