TriCity Family Services

1120 Randall Court
Geneva, IL 60134

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Family-Based Treatment For Eating Disorders

430_3559538 family dinner 2At TriCity Family Services, we believe that eating disorders are treatable, and that everyone is capable of a complete and full recovery.


What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?

Does your child or teen …

  • Engage in extreme calorie-counting or portion-control?
  • Feel ashamed, disgusted or guilty after eating?
  • Constantly worry about his or her weight or shape?
  • Obsess over the number on the scale?
  • Binge?
  • Purge?
  • Refuse to eat with family or friends?
  • Use diet pills or laxatives?
  • Exercise excessively?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider FBT, a compassionate approach for families dealing with:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating
  • Disordered Eating


What is Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders (FBT)?

Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders is a highly practical, evidence-based outpatient approach that recognizes parents as the best resource for their child’s recovery, and uses a team model that includes the therapist, the family physician, family members and other partners to achieve success.

Our 6-to-12-month program does not focus blame for the eating disorder on anyone. The therapist and family work together to re-feed the child, develop healthy eating patterns and address individual and family concerns.

The FBT approach is ideal for children who have been struggling with an eating disorder for less than three years, and who do not require hospitalization.

Clinical FBT staff are trained in the model at the University of Chicago.


What are the Phases of FBT?

FBT consists of three distinct phases:

Phase I – Weight Restoration

Parents, with the support of the therapist, assume control by providing the type and amount of food needed to restore their child’s health. When the child’s physical health has been restored, the family can move on to Phase II.

Phase II – Returning Control Over Eating Back to the Child

Once weight has been restored, and disordered eating has been resolved, families are encouraged to help their child take more control over eating. The child learns to resume healthy eating patterns and maintain weight independently. Other family relationship issues, or concerns that the family has had to postpone, can now be brought forward and addressed in therapy.

Phase III – Establishing a Healthy Identity

When the child has demonstrated that he or she can maintain a healthy weight, treatment shifts to the impact that the eating disorder has had on the child’s ability to form a healthy identity and how to restore familial relationships.


Where can I find out more about eating disorders?

Right here!  Click a link below for more information.

Eating Disorder Facts

Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

Recognizing an Eating Disorder

Internet Resources About Eating Disorders

Recommended Reading

Did you know that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) was February 23-March 1, 2019? Please listen to our own Kelly Horn, who, in 2018, was featured on 95.9 The River, sharing important statistics about eating disorders and debunking myths. To listen to the audio clip from  that morning interview, play link below:

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1120 Randall Court, Geneva, IL 60134


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Fridays 9am-5pm
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Satellite Office:

2570 Foxfield Road, Suite 101, St. Charles, IL 60174


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Phone: 630.232.1070          Fax: 630.232.1471

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