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Eating Disorder Research | La Jolla, CA

Eating Disorder Research

Center For Discovery's mission is to provide the best, most effective, treatment for our clients. To this end, we measure our eating disorder research by examining the process of treatment, how our clients fare post-discharge, and their need for readmission.

The Process of Treatment

Since 2009, Center For Discovery has been collecting admission and discharge data on all of our adult clients with eating disorders. Recently we teamed up with North Shore LIJ and the Feinstein Institute for Biomedical Research to analyze our data. 

The Need for Readmission

Since Center For Discovery began treating eating disorders at our adult facilities in 2009, we have treated* over 320 clients at the residential level-of-care specifically tailored to adult needs. Of those clients, only 9.1% have readmitted to Discovery's residential eating disorder program anytime in the past 6 years. Examining readmission rates for specific time frames, 7.5% of our clients treated at an adult facility readmitted within one year of discharge, 7.2% readmitted within 6 months, 5.9% readmitted within 90 days, and 2.8% readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Such readmission rates are significantly lower than those typically found for a higher level-of-care for eating disorders, which can be as high as 62%*.

At Center For Discovery, we are driven to provide the most effective, evidence-based treatment experience ...and our results speak for themselves. Through all of our eating disorder research endeavors, we strive to continuously enhance our program, give confidence to clients and families regarding the decision to enroll, work with insurance companies for adequate length of treatment, and lead the field in understanding treatment for eating disorders.

*1Baran, S. A., Weltzin, T. E., & Kaye, W. H. (1995). Low discharge weight and outcome in anorexia nervosa. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 152(7), 1070-2.

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"I am very thankful to Center for Discovery for helping me get to where I am today. I highly recommend anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder or any other mental issue to go to Center for Discovery and get on that path of recovery."

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Additional Publications

Special Populations

A survey of British models found that 50% believe that AN and BN are significant problems amongst models. In addition, 70% of models perceive a trend for thinner models over the last five years.

British Fashion Council. The Report of the Model Health Inquiry, September 2007. Retrieved from

According to a Norwegian study, elite athletes demonstrate significantly higher rates of EDs compared to population controls. In one study, 20% of elite female athletes met the criteria for having an ED, compared to 9% of female controls. In men, 8% of elite male athletes met the criteria for having an ED, compared to 0.5% of male controls.

Female athletes competing in aesthetic sports (e.g. dance, gymnastics and figure skating) were found to be at the highest risk for EDs. Athletes competing in weight-class and endurance sports were also at elevated risk for EDs.

Sungot-Borgen, J. & Torstveit, M.K. (2004). Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Elite Athletes is Higher Than in the General Population. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 14(1), 25-32.

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What are some types of eating disorders that Discovery specializes in treating?

Center For Discovery recovery treatment centers specializes in treating a variety of eating disorders and customizes treatment to the individual. Our La Jolla, CA eating disorder treatment center provides treatment for the following eating disorders: 

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Orthorexia Nervosa

  • Compulsive Overeating

  • Selective Eating Disorder (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) 

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Our La Jolla, CA- Center For Discovery Residential Treatment Center specializes in treating Eating Disorders with customized treatment for the individual to get  well on the way to his/her eating disorder recovery.

For more information, resources, or to consult with an eating disorder treatment specialist, call 510.900.8714