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NEW TO NAPERVILLE | Clementine Eating Disorder Facility for Adolescents


Eating disorders can affect people at any age, but the risk is higher for adolescents. And with the COVID-19 crisis, eating disorders are unfortunately more of a concern than ever. To help, Clementine Naperville will open this month, offering eating disorder treatment for adolescent girls between the ages of 11 and 17.

Clementine is an affiliate of Monte Nido & Affiliates, the nation’s leading provider of eating disorder treatment. Its Naperville program will offer residential programming for adolescent girls seeking treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or exercise addiction.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women in the U.S. will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Adolescents with eating disorders may try to hide their symptoms from those around them, but warning signs that parents should look for include constant or repetitive dieting, evidence of vomiting or laxative use, hiding, hoarding or stealing food, and excessive exercise patterns, among others.

“With any eating disorder, early treatment intervention is optimal. Clementine provides customized treatment that correlates with long-term health and greatly improves chances of full recovery," said Joel Jahraus, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates.

When eating disorders are left untreated, they can lead to grave physical and psychological consequences. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health illness, and young women who have anorexia nervosa have a mortality rate twelve times higher than their peers.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, those recovering from eating disorders could be at risk of relapsing. With daily routines disrupted and social interaction limited, adolescents have been forced out of activities that may have been a part of their eating disorder recovery plans.

“The mission of Clementine Naperville is to help adolescents replace their eating disorder with healthy skills and a deep understanding of how to live a life that reflects their individuality,” said Jahraus.

The new facility provides the highest level of medical and psychiatric care outside of a hospital setting, with 24-hour nursing in a comfortable, home-life environment. Treatment is integrated with personalized clinical and nutritional care, as well as academic and family support.

For more information, contact 855-900-2221, or visit


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