Eating disorders

Duke offers personalized treatment for the full spectrum of eating disorders and body image issues, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, food avoidance and obesity. The Duke Center for Eating Disorders emphasizes proven methods that get you or your family member back to healthier eating habits.

Expert care for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders

If you or your loved one suffers from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, we can help. Our team of specialists are uniquely qualified to help you overcome eating disorders, as well as the complications that may occur, so you can ultimately live a healthy life. We will work closely with you to understand the symptoms and their impact, and teach alternative coping strategies. We do this by developing a treatment approach that takes into account your personal issues and challenges, as well as your experiences within your family and community. Our goal is to help you return to regular, healthy eating, improve your self-care and maintain a healthy weight.

Our doctors are nationally recognized for their research and innovative approaches to eating disorders. We are also leaders in the study and treatment of picky or selective eating disorders, a newly recognized eating problem in which children and adults severely restrict the types of food they eat, or reject foods on the basis of taste, texture or sensory quality.

Choose Duke for your eating disorders treatment because we offer:

  • Team approach to treatment. You’ll work with physicians and therapists from many specialties, including psychiatrists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists and nutritionists. We also work closely with specialists throughout Duke Medicine to provide care for people complex conditions often associated with eating disorders such as diabetes, celiac disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, digestive disorders and endocrine disorders.
  • Nationally recognized experts. We have decades of experience improving our patients’ health and eating habits. Our pioneering program for adult picky eaters has been featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
  • A holistic approach. We believe treatment should take into account your personal issues and challenges, as well as your experiences within your family and your community. Our methods are aimed at addressing all the factors that affect your body image and eating patterns. 
  • Family support and training. We know the important role your family plays in your well being. We offer parent-training groups and weekends, as well as sibling and spouse support. 
  • Range of therapy options. We realize that not every patient responds to every type of therapy. We offer individual, group, and family psychotherapies, medical management, psychopharmacology, and nutritional counseling. Our doctors and therapists identify the best method to improve your relationship with food.
  • Access to clinical trials. You may be eligible to participate in studies designed to better understand, and explore new treatments for eating disorders, including picky eating in adults. For more information, please call the Duke Center for Eating Disorders at 919-416-2464.


Our treatment approaches are based on research that proves them to be the most effective. After gathering information about your history and goals, we tailor a plan that’s right for you to develop healthy eating habits. Your plan may include:


We conduct several evaluations to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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