Anorexia Treatment in Los Angeles, California

When anorexia nervosa becomes a part of someone's life, it changes everything. It impacts a young person’s ability to excel in school, hobbies, and extracurricular school activities. It also affects relationships with loved ones. When someone develops an eating disorder, they cannot simply "get over it" and recovery can be difficult to achieve on their own. They need multi-disciplinary, family-focused anorexia treatment that provides several types of evidence-based therapy. Trellis Recovery Center offers a residential anorexia treatment program in Los Angeles, California, that gives adolescents aged 12 to 17 a supportive respite from their daily lives and a place to work on repairing their relationships with food and their bodies.

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What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a complex eating disorder that causes a person to focus on achieving and maintaining low body weight. They often have a distorted perception of their own size and use drastic and unhealthy weight loss measures. Despite popular belief, anorexia is most often about much more than the sole focus of body image and size. Anorexia nervosa, like all eating disorders, are psychologically complex and their impact can cause a great deal of physical damage to a person if left untreated.

For example, anorexia behaviors can be an attempt to feel control over certain areas of a person’s life when they feel out of control. That can be particularly true for adolescents who have yet to learn the life skills that allow them to cope with the many challenges that adolescence brings. As such, eating disorders often act as maladaptive coping skills. These can be replaced with more effective coping skills through participating in the kind of anorexia treatment provided at Trellis Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, CA by our eating disorder trained professionals.

What is anorexia nervosa

Signs & Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

When a young person develops anorexia nervosa, it can be difficult to identify the problem initially. It is common for teenagers to become focused on their looks and try to live up to impossible beauty standards fostered on them by the media. Sadly, this means parents often initially think their child is “just” dieting or experiencing typical adolescent angst about their bodies.

Instead, the child may have developed concerning anorexia nervosa behaviors they are not even aware of themselves. A key aspect of our anorexia treatment at Trellis Recovery Centers involves gently guiding the adolescents and their support system in recognizing the problem so that it can be treated early and effectively here in Los Angeles, California. Behavioral signs and symptoms of anorexia to look out for include:

  • Obsessively dieting and focusing on weight
  • Constant exercising
  • Counting calories and other nutritional information in their food 
  • Moving food around on their plate but not really eating much
  • Chewing food and then spitting it out
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide weight loss
  • Negative self-talk related to how they look
  • Fixation on bodies, whether their own or others’
  • Communicating negative self-view
  • Reporting they are “not hungry” or have “already eaten” at mealtimes
  • Presenting with rigid food rules
  • A focus on eating “clean” or “healthy.”

The individual may also exhibit physical and medical signs of anorexia, including:

  • Pale or gray skin
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness
  • Fainting
  • Loss of hair
  • Feeling cold
  • Low blood pressure or heart rate
  • Lanugo, a fine, downy hair that grows on the body in an attempt to regulate body temperature.
  • Dry and/or brittle hair, skin, and nails

A teenager with anorexia may also feel depressed, anxious, or moody. For some, the psychological effect extends to suicidal feelings and thoughts. 


A multitude of physical dangers can happen to someone who has anorexia. When left untreated, some of these dangers can put a person’s life in jeopardy. Common dangers of anorexia include the following:

  • Damage to the heart
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle loss
  • Kidney damage
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Anemia
  • Loss of period in females
  • Decreased testosterone in males
  • Nausea 
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Refeeding syndrome
  • Attempts at suicide

Why Go to a Treatment Center for Anorexia?

Anorexia is shown to have the highest mortality rate of any eating disorder. Individuals with anorexia have a mortality rate of 5.35, which means they are five times more likely to pass away compared to those in their age range without this eating disorder. Waiting for a child to “get over” anorexia can be dangerous.

Beginning professional, multi-disciplinary anorexia treatment in Los Angeles can help a child go from helpless to empowered and increases their likelihood of achieving long-term eating disorder recovery. Trellis Recovery Centers is dedicated to guiding every individual toward this by supporting them in recognizing that they have, within themselves, the ability to change their relationships with their body and food and live fulfilling lives recovered from their eating disorder. Without early intervention, anorexia nervosa can continue into adulthood and become more difficult to overcome.

How Does Treatment for Anorexia Work in Los Angeles?

Anorexia treatment at Trellis Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, CA involves engagement in individual, groups, and family sessions rooted in several types of therapy that are proven to support eating disorder treatment and recovery such as:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Somatic Therapies
  • Mindfulness

We also offer Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which helps adolescents face their fears and overcome them. ERP provides therapist-supervised trips into the community for exposure to environments teens will likely both experience and struggle with such as restaurants, farmer’s markets, or clothing stores. Clients can apply what they learn in treatment sessions and learn to effectively cope with challenging and triggering situations such as ordering a meal, buying food, or shopping for clothes. 

Benefits of Our Los Angeles Anorexia Treatment Center

Attending our residential anorexia treatment provides individuals with the opportunity to explore their eating disorder beliefs and behaviors in a safe, comforting, and nurturing environment. Our multi-disciplinary team provides those in our care with support while also encouraging autonomy and accountability for their own recovery. This reduces access to eating disorder behaviors and, in doing so, encourages use of more fulfilling beliefs and effective methods of coping.

The skills that we instill in the adolescents we treat support not only eating disorder recovery but general coping. This provides the teen with the building-blocks to overcoming all challenges life may throw at them in treatment, upon returning home, and in the future.

Eating disorder-trained professionals available to each client include:

  • Therapists
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Psychiatrist
  • MD
  • Nurses (RN and LVN)
  • Chef
  • Mental Health Workers

We also place an emphasis on keeping the teen’s support system informed on how their child is doing, which allows the entire family unit to understand, support, and heal. Our therapists help families learn how to communicate effectively and understand how to help their loved ones succeed at living a life free of an eating disorder.

Begin Anorexia Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

Do you have a child aged 12 to 17 whose life has been impacted by anorexia? If so, you likely fear for their health and want to get them the multi-faceted care they need. Trellis Recovery Centers provides well-rounded, family-focused anorexia treatment in Los Angeles, California that helps teens develop skills and cognitions that will lead to eating disorder recovery as well as more effective emotional development. Our compassionate, friendly, and eating disorder trained staff are sensitive to the unique treatment needs that adolescents have and use this knowledge to best treat those in our care. We work with diverse populations and provide an individually tailored approach for each person. From there, we help them by providing several types of therapies to overcome their mental health disorder and live happier healthier lives. 

If you would like more information on how our program works, contact us today.