Severe eating disorders are complex and difficult to treat, and in many cases result in life-threatening physical effects on the entire body. The Medical Stabilization team at Torrance Memorial is experienced in diagnosing and managing the dangerous complications that can result from an eating disorder—with the goal of stabilizing our patients so they can continue onward toward healing and health.

The Medical Stabilization Program treats adolescents to adults experiencing medical complications resulting from severe:

  • Anorexia Nervosa. People suffering from anorexia have a significantly low body weight coupled with a distorted body image, self-starvation and an intense fear of gaining weight.
  • Bulimia Nervosa. People suffering from bulimia may have a normal body weight but feel a lack of control surrounding food. They tend to consume large amounts of food, followed by purging via forced vomiting, laxative abuse or excessive exercise.

Less common eating disorders that we treat include:

  • Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). ARFID is characterized by the inability to eat certain foods or groups of foods, which can lead to malnutrition and low body weight.
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). An eating disorder that causes concern but doesn’t exactly fit the criteria of other eating disorders.

Additionally, sometimes adolescents and young adults come to us with low body weight that may be from an unknown cause, where an eating disorder diagnosis is being considered.

What are the most common medical complications we treat?

An eating disorder can have devastating physical consequences for the body. Our Medical Stabilization team works closely with other specialists at Torrance Memorial to diagnose and treat:

  • Heart conditions such as an extremely slow heart rate, low blood pressure and ECG abnormalities
  • Electrolyte imbalances resulting from dehydration and depleted nutrients
  • Poor digestion
  • Gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation and gastroparesis.
  • Severe dehydration
  • Swelling in the feet and legs caused by fluid retention and poor nutrition
  • Prevention of refeeding syndrome

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Eating Disorders Program