About Eating Disorders

The nationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK, is designed to meet the needs of individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating-related difficulties. The staff at Laureate has years of experience in learning how to help patients and families understand the causes of these disorders and how to recover.
Patients learn to manage eating disorders and are mentored in creating healthy lifestyles and relationships. The overall goals of the Laureate Eating Disorders Program 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.
Eating disorders are increasingly common and can range from very mild to life-threatening. Eating disorders are serious illnesses - not choices. 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.
A basic understanding of eating disorders is the first step to prevention, intervention or recovery.
Anorexia nervosa typically develops in adolescence or young adulthood and is a fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition and excessive weight loss. 

Bulimia occurs in both men and women and is usually preceded by dieting behavior. Bulimia is a fear of weight gain leading to episodes of overeating and self-induced actions of remorse which follow the overeating. 
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 of weight fluctuations. 
In the Laureate Eating Disorders Program, our difference is simple. Our team is comprised of highly-specialized, internationally-known professionals who have developed treatment programs used by therapists and medical professionals throughout the world to help eating disorders patients. They offer hope for healing anorexia, bulimia and other eating-related conditions.
Our care has multiple levels, including inpatient and extended care options. These levels are designed to meet the varied needs of eating disorders 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 its living arrangements and support facilities are outstanding among hospitals of its kind.

Learn More About the Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Please call us with questions at 918-491-3702. If you’re outside the Tulsa metro area, please call 800-322-5173. There is no cost for the screening call and no obligation to proceed with treatment.