Michigan’s first residential eating disorder treatment center to open in April 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — For people with an eating disorder, finding treatment in a hospital setting isn’t easy. Patients requiring extensive residential treatment have historically traveled to other states because Michigan does not have a residential treatment center. Until now! Sanford Behavioral Health is a highly anticipated treatment center offering residential treatment to patients located here in West Michigan. It is the first of its kind in the state and the only residential treatment center for eating disorders in Michigan. Stanford Behavioral Health, located at 151446 16th Ave, Marne, will provide comprehensive treatment for patients with eating disorders through therapy, individualized nutritional counseling and helping individuals reconnect with their bodies and to learn to trust each other.



What they treat:

Anorexia nervosa, orthorexia, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, restrictive eating and ingesting disorder (ARFID). Sanford Behavioral Health will open its doors to residential patients with eating disorders in the spring of 2022. For more information about these programs and additional mental health programs, visit www.Sanfordhousegr.com


Take part in Eating Disorders Awareness Week:

NEDA’s Annual National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) February 21-27, 2022 – themed #See the change, #Be the change. The annual campaign aims to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and provide hope, support and visibility to individuals and families impacted by eating disorders.

Register for the free virtual screening of “The Student Body”


You can watch the educational film “The Student Body” followed by a panel discussion with eating disorder experts and people in recovery. Register here: HERE.

*Limited in-person seating available at the Secchia Center on MSU’s downtown campus. Masking and social distancing protocols in place.

ABOUT THE MOVIE: When a brave high school student takes a stand against state-mandated BMI tests and “fat letters” sent to her peers, she finds herself in the middle of a heated national debate, sparking a battle of wills between her and the government officials. THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story that explores the complex and controversial truths behind the childhood obesity debate.

“In 2017, MiEDA was one of the first venues for the first screening of this film to the public. The reaction was powerful! We began to see the film as an educational tool to fight weight stigma and change attitudes. underlying attitudes that contribute to the development of an eating disorder.Working with the creators of the film, we have developed a 42-minute version that is perfect for showing in the classroom or with any small group of young people. Preliminary results show statistically significant changes in attitude. We think you’ll be as excited about this wonderful film as we are!” – Gail Hall, LMSW, CES-S, Executive Director, Eating Disorder Services, Sanford Behavioral Health

Watch the official trailer here!

Hosted by MiEDA and MSU

For more information, please contact Gail Hall, LMSW, CEDS-S, Executive Director of the Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance: [email protected]; or call 616.260-2387.


Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders appear healthy, but can be extremely ill.

Truth #2: Families are not to blame and can be patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious illnesses influenced by biology.

Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status.

Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk of suicide and medical complications.

Truth #7: Genes and environment play an important role in the development of eating disorders.

Truth #8: Genes alone don’t predict who will develop eating disorders.

Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.

***Produced in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED and the Academy for Eating Disorders, as well as other leading eating disorder organizations***

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