About Eating Disorders

The internationally recognized Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK, offers hope, help and healing for individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating-related difficulties. Our specialized staff has years of experience helping patients and their families understand the causes of these disorders - and providing highly personalized treatment and support for lasting recovery.

Understanding Eating Disorders

Gaining a basic understanding of eating disorders is the first step to prevention, intervention and recovery. First, it's important to note that eating disorders are serious illnesses - not choices. Eating disorders are increasingly common and can range from very mild to life-threatening. Symptoms can be physical, social and psychological. Although the exact causes are difficult to pinpoint, researchers have identified certain factors that may contribute to the development of an eating disorder.

The most common disorders include:
  • Anorexia nervosa, typically developed in adolescence or young adulthood, is a fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition and excessive weight loss.

  • Bulimia is a fear of weight gain leading to episodes of overeating followed by self-induced actions of remorse (vomiting, purging or fasting). Bulimia occurs in both men and women and is usually preceded by dieting behavior.
  • Binge eating is uncontrolled bouts of eating, often as an action for dealing with physical or emotional stress or sadness. Many people with binge eating disorders are overweight and have a history or weight fluctuations.

Your Road to Recovery Begins at Laureate

In the Laureate Eating Disorders Program, patients learn to manage eating disorders and create healthy lifestyles and relationships. The overall goals are to stabilize chaotic eating behaviors, develop emotional satisfaction and heighten awareness of self and relationships with others. By working toward these goals, patients achieve medical stability, nutritional rehabilitation and a new, healthy lifestyle.

Our eating disorders clinic team is comprised of highly specialized, internationally known professionals who have developed treatment programs used by therapists and medical professionals throughout the world.

Our care has multiple levels, including inpatient and extended care options for both adolescents and adults. These levels are designed to meet the varied needs of patients who often find anxiety, depression or general life coping skills are just as much a part of their illness as the eating disorder itself.

Our facility is not only tranquil and rehabilitative through its natural setting, but features flexible living arrangements and dedicated support facilities that are among the finest of their kind.

Learn More About Our Eating Disorders Clinic

For more information about eating disorders, and what makes our program different, please call us at 800-322-5173 (918-491-3702 inside the Tulsa Metro area). There is no cost for the screening call and no obligation to proceed with treatment.