An eating disorder refers to a number of psychological disorders related to insufficient food intake or overeating. Individuals suffering from them may have difficulty admitting that they have a problem before seeking help.
Coverage and provision of services for eating disorders is essentially the same as any other psychological disorder.
How do I get treatment for an eating disorder?
- Discuss the steps to finding treatment with your general practitioner. You may need to see a diagnostic psychiatrist or psychologist to get referred to specific treatment.
- You can also make an appointment with a kupah social worker at your local clinic for additional guidance.
Where can I get treatment and what does it entail?
- There are clinics specializing in treatment of eating disorders that are either directly operated by the kupat cholim, or are private and may or may not be affiliated with a specific kupah.
- Treatment options may be either in-patient or out-patient and the specific type of referral is based on the severity of the patient’s condition.
- The vast majority of eating disorders are treated through out-patient care, while those who are hospitalized are generally placed in the facility’s mental health ward or a department specializing in eating disorders.
- Care is generally provided by a multi-disciplinary professional team comprised of doctors, mental health professionals, dieticians and other professionals.
- Updated listings of treatment facilities with which the kupah is affiliated should be requested directly from the kupah.
- The Israeli Association for Eating Disorders (IAED) website has a comprehensive listing of public and private facilities specializing in treatment of eating disorders (in Hebrew).