There is no one answer to this because as we always say, if there was something that worked, we’d all be doing it and everyone would recover quickly. There can be many reasons for, and many individual parts to, an eating disorder. Because of this, recovery is an intricate process, and will have as much to do with your child’s specific needs as it will with the therapeutic processes that we have had success with.
How long does it take?
Depending on age, severity of the eating disorder and how long the person has had it, full recovery can take 2 to 7 years. This is not fixed, and this certainly does not mean that throughout this period the eating disorder always remains severe and life-threatening. There are stages of recovery, and each stage holds better health and more hope than the last.