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Eating Disorders

Fairwinds Treatment Center offers the best eating disorder treatment in the country 

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Our approach to eating disorder treatment

While many people mistakenly believe that an eating disorder is primarily about a person’s eating habits and physical appearance, we believe that it is often an expression of underlying mental, psychological or emotional pain. That’s why we use a unique and effective approach, combining clinical treatment and therapeutic counseling. We personalize these treatment plans to meet each patient’s individual needs, promoting healing of the mind, body and spirit and putting them on the path to lasting and sustainable wellness.

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At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we specialize in anorexia treatment in an environment that is close-knit and comfortable. We know that while there may be sweeping trends in this field, each instance of anorexia is unique, and should be treated as such. We are one of the most well-respected eating disorder treatment centers in Florida thanks in part to the extensive expertise of Fairwinds Treatment Center’s founder Dr. Khal El-Yousef and eating disorder specialist Dr. Pauline Powers.

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At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.


Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that makes its victims obsess over weight and food. Sufferers often feel a loss of control over their dietary habits, leading them to binge eat unhealthy amounts. These binging periods are then followed by purging sessions, which are used to avoid weight gain. Many people associate bulimia with self-induced vomiting, but it may also involve the misuse of laxatives and diuretics, fasting and/or excessive exercise.

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Teenage Eating Disorders

Fairwinds Specializes in Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders

As one of the nation’s leading teenage eating disorder treatment centers, Fairwinds recognizes that our patients do not exist in a vacuum. That’s why we offer family treatment services to improve communication between adolescents and their parents and siblings, establish positive family dynamics and pave the way for long-term health.

Tips for Parents

Too often parents dismiss eating disorders off as a “phase” or a simple case of low self-esteem, but they represent severe mental illness and can prove fatal if not treated.

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Male Eating Disorders

Male Eating Disorder Treatment

Many people mistakenly believe that males can’t develop issues like anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. While these potentially life-threatening conditions are more common among females, they can target both men and women from any race or background. In fact, the number of male eating disorder patients is currently on the rise.

Tips for Spouses

At Fairwinds Treatment Center, we understand how all-consuming an eating disorder can be for patients and loved ones alike. Here we provide some guidance for recognizing an eating disorder in your spouse.

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Nutrition Services

Fairwinds, which offers inpatient eating disorders treatment, uses a non-diet approach for bulimia or anorexia treatment. Upon admission to our facility and initial assessment, the attending physician and the registered dietician will work together to determine the number of calories the client needs to receive, as well as his or her final goal weight. The goal is for each client to gain at least one and one-half pounds (1.5 lb) per week. Caloric intake will be evaluated at every multidisciplinary team meeting and may be altered as necessary. If additional calories are required in the week between meetings, formula feedings are added.

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If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

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