Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program
About the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program
Who we treat
The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialized program to assess and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders. The program emphasizes the involvement of parents / caregivers in the delivery of care. The Program has outpatient, day treatment and inpatient services.
We assess and treat children and adolescents for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other severe eating disorders.
Any child or adolescent (up to age 18) who, in the opinion of a community care provider, is struggling with an eating disorder may be referred for assessment at the provincial program.
The program encourages consultations and referrals to promote the early identification of an eating disorder, since early treatment is consistent with improved outcomes. Learn more about assessment and treatment.
Access to the program is by referral only and requires the following:
- A recent physical exam
- Before- and after-care support by a health care provider
- Parent / caregiver involvement
The health care team
The interdisciplinary team is comprised of psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, youth and family clinical resource educator, youth and family counsellors, recreational therapist, and teachers. Families are strongly encouraged to partner with the care team in the treatment process.