Nutritional Rehabilitation for Eating Disorders | Torrance Memorial

Nutritional Rehabilitation

Dr Brucker with a patientOur Eating Disorders Program provides patients with one-on-one counseling and support from a masters level dietitian with over 20 years of experience working with eating disorder patients.

Unlike other programs that use staff dietitians to provide food planning and services for eating disorder patients, our approach is highly personalized and tailored to help each individual overcome their food issues.

Our registered dietitian manages key aspects of each patient’s treatment by providing meal planning, personalized nutritional education, and one-on-one patient counseling three times a week. Our focus is on encouraging you to eat real food, as opposed to supplements. Together, you and our dietitian will create a sustainable, balanced meal plan that increases gradually to restore health safely.

Our commitment to your nutritional rehabilitation includes:

  • A private and nonjudgmental environment
  • An emphasis on patient safety during all phases of treatment, particularly during refeeding
  • A highly customized approach that takes into account your personal habits and rituals
  • The help of caring professionals that will challenge your thoughts and behaviors about food
  • Education and support for your family
  • Collaboration with medical specialists, such as gastroenterologists, when necessary
  • Integration into social meal environments as your treatment progresses
  • One-on-one supervision of meals and snacks

Refeeding Syndrome

Our specialized team of doctors and nurses is experienced in identifying and treating the medical complications that are associated with eating disorders. Even refeeding itself, the process during which patients begin consuming the food and nutrients they need to regain their health, can be surprisingly dangerous.

Refeeding syndrome is a condition in which potentially fatal shifts of fluids and electrolytes (body salts) occur when a starving patient begins the refeeding process. To prevent refeeding syndrome, patients need gradual calorie increases as well as close medical supervision, including frequent physical examinations and careful monitoring of fluid balance and laboratory data.

Our experienced team includes specially trained physicians and nurses and a master’s level dietitian with over 20 years of experience working with eating disorder patients. We use our expertise to help each patient through the refeeding process safely and comfortably, so they can move on to the next step in their recovery.

The Benefits of Our Philosophy

At Torrance Memorial, we believe that, with the right care, every patient can recover. Our approach to nutritional rehabilitation is based on compassionate and personalized holistic care, delivered by a highly experienced staff.

As a result, our compliance levels are high. Our patients have better outcomes because their treatment is tailored to their specific issues and needs. Nutritional rehabilitation is a complex process. Let our team of nutritional and medical professionals aid you on this important step in your path to recovery.

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