Pediatric eating disorders have not received the same level of public health focus, but they also affect a significant number of children — at least 6 percent of youth have an eating disorder, according to figures cited in a recent study. Additionally, more than half of high school girls and 30 percent of high school boys have engaged in disordered eating behaviors, like fasting or taking diet pills, to lose weight. Often when adolescents suffer from eating disorders their families have limited options. In St. Louis, we are fortunate to have a premier treatment center for adolescents with eating disorders located in Webster Groves. McCallum Place, has been treating adolescents, men and women with eating disorders for over ten years.
By combining evidence based-treatment, family therapy and education, McCallum Place addresses the developmental needs of the 11-17 year olds. An experienced staff of nationally recognized medical and psychological professionals, including Clinical Adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, dieticians, family medicine physicians and certified teachers, create an individualized treatment plan for each adolescent. Parent support and education is a key component in the program. School tutoring is provided onsite at no additional charge.
Free assessments are offered for adolescents and their families to determine what level of care best fits the needs of each individual. At McCallum Place, all levels of care, from Family Based outpatient treatment through Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization are available to male and female adolescents. For those with complicating psychiatric illnesses or safety concerns we are able to provide 24 hour supervised care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each individual.
McCallum Place is focused on evidence-based therapies and utilizes DBT and FBT therapies in working with adolescents. Adolescents and family members can expect to meet with a psychiatrist two times a week, therapist three times a week, dietician twice a week and medical doctor once a week during residential care, along with a variety of therapist led groups of their peers. At McCallum Place we are committed to provide strong support for families to encourage full recovery.
Dr. Kimberli McCallum, MD, FAPA, CEDS is the founder and CEO of McCallum Place. She is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert in the treatment of eating disorders and serves on the board of directors of the National Eating Disorder Association, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and Missouri Eating Disorder Association. Dr. McCallum received her medical degree from Yale University, completed her adult training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine where she is currently a faculty member. She is the CEO and Medical Director of McCallum Place, Cedar Springs Austin and The Victory Program at McCallum Place and founder of Webster Wellness Professionals. “We provide evidence-based treatment combined with the highest medical care available and a compassionate and personal touch,” said, Dr. Kimberli McCallum.
Please note: Study referenced is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Huffington Post on 9/9/13.