Outpatient Eating Disorder Clinic
The Eating Disorder Clinic at CHOC is an outpatient program designed to help families identify and manage a variety of concerns related to nutrition and eating behaviors.
Our team of board-certified pediatricians and psychiatrists understand the specialized expertise and multidisciplinary approach needed to care for eating disorders. Depending on your child’s condition, your appointment may include CHOC experts from our many specialties, including adolescent medicine, psychology, psychiatry and nutrition.
Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights.
Common eating disorders include:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- Binge Disorder
Preparing for your First Visit
Eating disorders can lead to significant medical complications without treatment intervention. During your first visit, our team will evaluate the medical and nutritional needs of your child, in addition to consulting with the Mental Health team, if needed. Our team advises that your child seek additional support by having their own dedicated therapist for weekly visits.
When preparing for your first visit, we recommend planning ahead with the following tips:
- Visits can be long, and there will be a lot of discussion. Take notes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Bring snacks and a sweater. The clinic can also be chilly, and we want your visit to be as comfortable as possible.
- Be sure to bring contact information for your school and health care providers, such as your therapist.
CHOC Eating Disorder Specialists
Our team strives to keep patients and their families informed about the different levels of care offered, in addition to what to expect with each member. As the caregiver, when you bring your child or adolescent to the clinic, you are providing essential support in their recovery. From a family-based treatment approach, this often includes preparing, portioning, and supervising meals, and participating in ongoing mental health treatment. During your child's visit, they may be seen by one, or more, of the following team members:
The Road to Recovery
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Treatments for eating disorders requires a multi-faceted approach, the first of which is recognizing that eating disorder thoughts are present. Correcting malnutrition helps prepare the mind and body for the next phases of recovery – which include challenging the eating disorder thoughts and eventually breaking free from them. There are a variety of interventions, including Family Based Therapy (FBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our team will work with your family to support you during this journey.
Adolescent Medicine Locations
For our outpatient services, please visit us at in Orange at the CHOC Health Center, Centrum. For inpatient services, please visit the CHOC at Mission location.
Building: Centrum North | 1120 W. La Veta Ave. | Suite 125 | Orange, CA 92868 | 888-770-2462
27700 Medical Center Rd. | Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | 949-364-1400
Meet the Team
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Khalighi is a member of the CHOC Medical Group and treats kids and teens in Orange County and is board certified in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics.
Dr. Roche is board-certified in pediatrics and is a member of the CHOC Primary Care Network who treats kids and teens in Orange County.
Helpful Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery
Before, and after, your child’s first visit to the CHOC Eating Disorder Clinic, we will provide you with educational materials that will help you and your child navigate this journey ahead. We have provided a selection of these materials online for your convenience.