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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Eating Disorders Clinic

Our nationally respected clinic is among a handful of programs in the United States to offer an innovative approach called the Maudsley Family-Based Treatment. The key is structured family therapy that encourages parents to use a variety of tactics to help their child get past his or her obsessions with eating and weight gain.

The approach works remarkably fast: Twenty outpatient sessions over six months. This intensive treatment is highly successful in adolescents. One study followed up on young anorexics five years after they completed the Maudsley method. More than 90 percent of the subjects were still recovered and did not need any additional treatment.