Indications for Hospitalizing Adolescents with Eating Disorders
When the outpatient treatment of adolescents with eating disorders fails, it often becomes necessary to hospitalize these patients. There are 12 factors that justify inpatient treatment of an adolescent with an eating disorder, according to the Society for Adolescent medicine. The criteria are in agreement with the recent revision of the American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines for the treatment of patients with eating disorders, the recently published American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on identifying and treating eating disorders, and the American Dietetic Association position on nutrition intervention in the treatment of eating disorders.
One or more of the following criteria justify hospitalization:
Severe malnutrition (weight equal to or less than 75% average body weight for age, sex, and height)