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Eating Disorders

What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is an emotional and physical problem that is associated with an obsession of food and of physical appearances including the weight and shape of an individual.

The most common eating disorders include:

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Many individuals do not meet all the criteria for anorexia or bulimia, but are still in need of treatment. These traits could include addictions to exercising or binging without purging.

Eating Disorders: A Reality Check

Eating disorders occur too frequently in all segments of our society, not just among affluent families, which was previously thought. According to statistics from the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men in the United States struggle with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Eating disorders are like most problems in that they are much more amenable to treatment if detected early in the developmental process. If the disorder is left untreated, it gains control over the individual. Over time, the affected individual can become entrenched in his or her disorder, making recovery much more difficult. In some cases of anorexia, the disorder can become intractable. Some patients die. The mortality rate for anorexia nervosa may be as high as 18%. More individuals die from anorexia nervosa than any other physical disorder.

Unfortunately, most individuals with eating disorders are not likely to present themselves for treatment. The anorexic individual usually does not believe she or he has a problem. The bulimic person is generally too embarrassed by the problem to let others know about the suffering. Most bulimic individuals do not present for treatment until they have had the problem for three to four years. Early means of identification and management are greatly needed.

Prevention of Eating Disorders

Primary prevention of eating disorders involves addressing the real causes. Young people need more than knowledge of healthy nutrition principles. They need overall healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy life style promotion. They need help with realistic body ideals, self-esteem, self-efficacy, interpersonal relations and coping skills. They are faced with societal pressure to conform to unrealistic body ideals and to achieve unrealistic goals and must have support to deal with those pressures.

Secondary prevention involves early identification of warning signs and referral to appropriate treatment. Everyone who’s in contact with young people share this responsibility. Tertiary prevention involves providing a supportive environment to prevent relapse in a person who has been successfully treated for an eating disorder. Obviously, primary prevention is the best choice for all involved.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Someone Has an Eating Disorder?

  • Do not confront the person harshly, but show your care and concern.
  • Tell them that there is treatment available and encourage him or her to seek professional assistance.
  • Do not watch what the person is eating or demand that the person eat or not eat. Instead, seek professional assistance and let a therapist help them focus on food.

Eating Disorder Conference

The program has been working closely with the American Academy of Eating Disorders to cosponsor an annual conference at the Indiana State Government Center located at 402 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 7, 2005. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roberta Sherman. For more information, click here.

Indiana Eating Disorder Treatment Provider List

This list is created based on the information available at the time. This is not an exhaustive list of service providers in Indiana nor is it intended to endorse or recommend any listed provider. If you are a provider and you wish to be added to the list. Please contact us.

03/16/2007 Eating Disorders Treatment Providers in Indiana - Therapists

Support Group

Intensive
Outpatient

Individual
Outpatient

In-patient

Ball State University
Professional Psychological Clinic
Ellen Mauer, Ph.D., H.S.P.P.
Lee Van Donselaar, Ph.D.
Lucina Hall; Muncie, IN 47306
765/285-8333; FAX 765/285-2081

None

None

Yes

None

Bloomington Hospital Eating Disorders Program
P.O. Box 1149, Dept. 1055
Bloomington, IN 47402
800/222-9589 or 812/353-5707

Yes
No Fee

Yes

Yes

None

Joyce Block, Ph.D.
300 North Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601
219/287-7399

None

None

Yes

None

Bloomington Center for Counseling
     & Human Development
Ron Thompson, Ph.D.; Roberta Sherman, Ph.D.
4647 East Morningside Drive
Bloomington, IN 47408
812/333-1160

Yes

No Fee

None

Yes

None

Sue Cebulko, MA, MFT
10585 North Meridian Street, Suite 340
Indianapolis, IN 46290
317/580-4003; FAX 317/580-4010

None

None

Yes

None

Crestview Center
2201 Hillcrest Drive; Anderson, IN 46012
765/649-1961; FAX 765/644-0537

None

Yes

None

None

The Eating Disorders Recovery Center
230 East Day Road; Mishawaka, IN 465445
Valerie Staples, LCSW, Gwen DeHorn, LCSW
219/271-8222

Yes

No Fee

Yes

Yes

None

Family Treatment Center
6100 North Keystone Avenue; Suite 403
Indianapolis, IN 46220-2468
317/255-6333

Yes

None

Yes

None

Jerilyn S. Herd, R.M.T., M.S.W.
6 Chase Park; Logansport, IN 46947
800/326-3566 or 219/722-3566

None

None

Yes

None

Hope Psychological Services, P.C.
Linda Hinkle, Ph.D., H.S.P.P.
Clinical Psychologist
205 East Carmel Drive, Ste. A-1
Carmel, IN 46032
317/843-9738

None

None

Yes

None

Behavioral Health Resources
Kathleen Kling, Ph.D., HSPP
2810 West Ethel Avenue
Suite #6; Muncie, IN 47304
765/282-5559

None

None

Yes

None

Lindenview Counseling Services
Patsy Hendricks
1900 Carew Street
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805-4788
219/482-5601


None


Yes


Yes


None

Mary Rouse, M.D.
Methodist Hospital
(Acute Stabilization for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults)
Department of Adolescent Medicine
1633 N. Capital, Suite 460
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
317-929-5625

None

None

None

Yes

Jackie Montrie, M.A., M.F.T.
4720 East 13 th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
OR 3091 E. 98 th St.
Suite 125 Indianapolis, IN 46280
317/722-6057  OR  317/571-1447

None

None

Yes

None

Ireland Road Medical Group
Donna Germain, LCSW, ACSW
1815 E. Ireland Road; South Bend, IN 46614
219/291-3600; FAX 219/291-3351

None

None

Yes

None

Oaklawn Hospital Wayne A.; Christensen, M.D.
330 Lakeview Drive; P.O. Box 809
Goshen, IN 46527
219/533-1234 or 800/282-0809

None

Yes

Yes

Yes

Physicians Therapy Group
Linda Merkley, MSSW
Professional Arts Building
1919 State Street, Suite 1109
New Albany, In 47150
812/944-2094

None

None

Yes

None

Psychological & Family Consultants
926 East Jackson; Elkart, IN 46516
219/522-6292

Yes
No Fee

None

None

None

Charlotte G. Ray, Psy.D.
334 North Senate Avenue, #B
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1708
317/262-8415

None

None

Yes

None

Linda Hinkle, Ph.D.
13295 Meridian Corners Blvd., Ste.321
Carmel , IN 46032
(added to the list per her e-mail request, 1/19/05)

None

None

Yes

None

Sycamore Associates
Mary Jane Gandour, Ph.D., HSPP
2020 Union Street, Suite #101
Lafayette, IN 47906
765/449-8286; FAX 765/449-0445
None None Yes None

Charis Center for Eating Disorders
Riley/Clarian Health Partners
Outpatient, IOP and Partial Hospitalization
6640 Intech Blvd., STE:195
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278
317-295-0608

Yes

Yes

Yes

Option of In-Patient treatment at Methodist Hospital for adolescents only

Eating Disorder Resources

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders
http://www.anred.com/

Education Information for School Coaches (Zip file)

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
http://www.iaedp.com/

Eating Disorder Resource on the Internet
http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/WomensStudies/fc/fceatdisord2web.htm

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
http://www.edreferral.com/

Indiana State Department of Health
2 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: Public Affairs

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