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Eating disorders

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

Eating disorders need immediate medical attention. If you suspect that you could be suffering with it or you know someone who is. Seek immediate help. Early help is always a good prevention. Never be afraid to talk about it. You could be saving your life or someone's life. Life is precious and everyone deserves to have a good and healthy one.

“An eating disorder effects more than just your health, it effects your mind. Taking care of yourself is important. Let someone walk with you through this."

1. Public Healthcare Through Alberta Health Services Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can have life threatening consequences. If you or your loved one is in MEDICAL DANGER, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department. Alberta Health Services offers two eating disorder programs, which are free of charge. Both require a referral from a family doctor. To help facilitate effective communication with your family doctor, we recommend using our checklist to guide the conversation. 2. You can also search the Find a Physician site at the College of Family Physicians. You can filter by TOWN/CITY. The colors on the left side indicate if they are: accepting patients (Green), require referrals (Yellow) or aren’t accepting patients (Red). You can also search for General Practitioners through the Primary Care Network .

Anyone in Alberta with a health question or concern can call Health Link: Toll-free: 1-866-408-5465 (LINK); Edmonton: 780-408-5465 (LINK); Calgary: 403-943-5465 (LINK) University of Alberta Hospital Eating Disorder Program Calgary Eating Disorder Program


In order to ensure that you are viewing the most current information regarding the programming at the University of Alberta Hospital, please see this referral pathways info sheet.

Here is a copy of the program’s tri-fold brochure:

The University of Alberta Eating Disorder program treats many of the individuals they see as outpatients and day patients, in addition to the 12 patients who receive a hospital bed and are treated through the inpatient program. There is a misconception that you need to be critically ill to access treatment at the Eating Disorder Program. This is NOT true. Early intervention is preferred, especially for young people, as this has been shown to greatly improve outcomes.

NEDIC also has a page on the program which may be useful.


Offers services and support for people who have anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, including:

  • supervision during and after meals

  • one-to-one and group therapy

  • nursing and psychiatric care

  • help with nutrition

  • schooling for teen clients

  • family support and therapy

This service helps people who are in the hospital, getting ready to leave the hospital, or living in the community. Clients in the hospital receive 24/7 care and clients living in the community can access treatment 24/7.

Service providers may include

​dietitians, psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, social workers, recreational therapist


For people 13 years or older who have dangerous eating disorder symptoms and need a high level of treatment.

Professional Referral

A referral is needed. Doctors and other professionals can fax referrals to 780-407-6672 or phone Dr. Piktel’s office at 780-407-6575. Please provide as much information as possible regarding current medical/psychiatric status, height/weight, recent lab work, and severity of current symptoms. Referrals accepted from out of zone and province.


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