Nutrition and Meal Support Vital to Anorexia and Bulimia Treatment


Media Contacts:
Danielle Bickelmann
Susie Lomelino
Michael Burns & Associates

CHICAGO (June 9, 2010) – At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a leader in treatment for anorexia nervosabulimia, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorders for women 12 and older, incorporating nutrition therapy into an individual’s personal treatment program is not an option – it is critical to recovery success.

This follows the position of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) which states that, “nutrition intervention, including nutritional counseling, by a registered dietitian is an essential component of the team treatment of patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders during assessment and treatment across the continuum of care.”

At Timberline Knolls, registered dietitians are skilled counselors who conduct a complete dietary evaluation in relationship to an individual’s physical needs and act as a bridge from the unknown to a new education about what food and drink must be to physically meet the body’s needs. During treatment, residents are given personal meal plans, designed to repair, rebuild and restore a resident back to health. Registered Dietitians work with residents to come to an honest understanding of current food intake and emotional associations with foods – which is one of the most important steps in finding recovery.

“Normalizing nutrient intake is critical to allow recovery to occur,” said Melissa Rocchi, MAAT, LCPC, ATR, program development coordinator and manager of expressive therapies at Timberline Knolls. “Without a minimum intake of calories and nutrients, making the simplest decision can prove difficult and this can impede recovery because the human body can’t function properly.”

Through a combination of meal support and planning, support groups and family involvement, Timberline Knolls’ registered dietitians are able to work with residents to provide encouragement in order to begin on the path to recovery. This is nutrition therapy, where honesty and caring communication about eating develop into a safe environment for recovery from eating disorders.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is located on 43 beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents help themselves in their recovery. For more information, call 866.840.6122.