If you or your loved one suffers from an eating or body-image disorder, we can help. We treat the full spectrum of eating disorders and body-image issues, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, selective eating disorder (SED) -- also known as picky eating or avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) -- and obesity. Our personalized treatment approach takes into account your personal issues and challenges, as well as your experiences within your family and community. Our experience shows that families come away stronger when they participate in their loved one’s treatment.
We conduct several evaluations to determine the best course of treatment.
Psychological Interview and Consultation
We gather a detailed health history and work with you to identify the goals of your treatment.
Your answers to our questions help us assess the severity of your symptoms and other factors that may affect your treatment, including your personality, stress levels, social functioning, and coping skills.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Why Choose Duke
A Team Approach to Treatment
You’ll work with doctors and therapists from many specialties, including psychiatrists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, and nutritionists. We also work closely with specialists throughout Duke Health to provide care for people with complex conditions often associated with eating disorders, such as diabetes, celiac disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, digestive disorders, and endocrine disorders.
Nationally Recognized Experts
We have decades of experience in improving our patients’ health and eating habits. Our pioneering program for adult picky eaters has been featured in Time magazine and ABC-TV's Nightline. The TV program followed a seven-year-old girl who had a fear of food, now recognized as ARFID, and introduced many families to Duke's program and research in picky eating.
Selective Eating Disorder Treatment and Support
Treatment for extreme picky eating, often referred to as selective eating disorder and now officially recognized as Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, is offered to children and adults who live near Duke. Add your name to our mailing list and learn more about our additional treatment options, including immersion programs and parent workshops
A Holistic Approach
We believe treatment should take into account your personal issues and challenges, as well as your experiences within your family and your community. Our methods are aimed at addressing all the factors that affect your body image and eating patterns.
Family Support and Training
We know the important role your family plays in your well-being. We offer parent-training groups and weekends, as well as sibling and spouse support.
Access to Clinical Trials
You may be eligible to participate in studies designed to better understand -- and explore new treatments for -- eating disorders, including picky eating in adults. For more information, please email Kristen.Caldwell@duke.edu.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.