We’re Here to Serve You
Walden treats all types of eating disorders, serving all ages, genders, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We not only work directly with individuals – we also support their families, loved ones and outside healthcare providers throughout the treatment process. More specifically, those we serve include:
Adults: Anyone at any age can develop an eating disorder. We treat working professionals, parents, husbands, wives, individuals who have had or are planning to have bariatric surgery, competitive athletes, seniors and others.
Adolescents: Adolescence is the age during which individuals are most likely to develop an eating disorder. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that, based on personal diagnoses of more than 10,000 adolescents, aged 13 to 18 years old, more than 6% had either anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or OSFED.
Children: Children as young as six come to Walden for treatment. Many have ARFID, a form of picky eating that’s common in children, while others experience symptoms specific to anorexia and bulimia. The earlier we treat their disorder, the greater the probability that they will make a full recovery, and avoid long-term medical and psychiatric issues.
All Genders: While a high percentage of individuals with eating disorders are females, males also may have eating disorders– and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that the gender gap is closing. Furthermore, the risk of developing an eating disorder is higher in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community than it is among the general population. Gay men and transsexuals who are biologically male are more susceptible to eating disorders than the general population, according to NEDA.
Families: When treating children and adolescents, family-based treatment plays a central role for two reasons. First, young people are more likely to recover if they have the support of their families. And second, families need help, too. Walden’s family-based therapy is designed to educate parents and siblings about eating disorders, and guide them to best support their loved ones.
Healthcare Professionals: Recovery from an eating disorder is most likely to be achieved when patients are treated by a team of professionals with specialized knowledge and experience. Healthcare professionals often refer patients to Walden and many play a key role as part of the treatment team, from intake to discharge, to assure their patients continue on their journey to recovery.
Walden specializes in treating eating disorders, but we treat every individual and situation differently. We understand that anyone can develop an eating disorder.
You can find more information about treatment for each group we serve in the pages that follow.
Regain Your Life. Walden Can Help.
If you are concerned that you – or a loved one – may have an eating disorder, we are here to help. Please call 781-647-6727 to speak with a Walden eating disorders intake specialist, or complete the form on this page, to start the road to recovery.