The Kahm Center
Eating Disorder Treatment in Vermont
About The Kahm Center
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We provide state-of-the-art treatment in a family operated and nurturing environment designed to help you recover and live the full life you were always meant to live. We keep our group sizes small so that treatment is centered on you and real community is formed. We offer unparalleled meal support, and because we can get you nourished faster, therapy works better, and treatment outcomes are improved.Schedule Appointment
The Kahm Center for Eating Disorders is a small mother and son owned and operated Vermont practice. The mother, Annika, has been treating eating disorders and disordered eating for over 35 years. She has co-authored four books and is a member of The Academy of Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorder Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has been using metabolic testing in combination with body composition analysis to treat eating disorders for over 20 years.
The son, Nick, was a member of the philosophy faculty at St. Michael’s College, in Colchester, VT. Nick heard story after story of how Annika saved people’s lives using Metabolic Testing and Body Composition Analysis. Nick convinced his mother that they should start the Kahm Clinic to train other dietitians to use these machines to better serve those with eating disorders.
We are thrilled to open this center because there is a tremendous need for these services in Vermont. Adding the body composition analysis and metabolic testing for eating disorder treatment, we believe, will make our center superior. When people are malnourished, therapy is ineffective because a starved brain does not work well.
IOP for Eating Disorders
Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for eating disorders is a type of care that provides more intensive treatment than traditional outpatient therapy but does not require 24-hour monitoring like inpatient treatment. IOP can be an effective alternative to inpatient care, particularly for patients who have a lower level of severity or who have completed inpatient treatment and are ready to transition to a less restrictive level of care.
IOP treatment usually consists of 3-hour long sessions 5 days per week depending on each patient’s needs. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, at The Kahm Center we can assist you with professional help. Recovery is possible with the right level of care and support.
Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to as anorexia, is characterized by restricting food intake, obsession with body weight, and obsession with body shape. Anorexics often have a distorted self-image and difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating. Binge eating includes eating food in large amounts in a short period of time, at least once per week for every three months. Guilt and distress are often felt after a binge eating episode.
Bulimia nervosa, commonly referred to as bulimia, is characterized by cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors. Compensatory behaviors can include self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or excessive exercise.
Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), previously called a selective eating disorder, is similar to anorexia. However, ARFID does not have the fear of getting overweight or any irrationalities with body shape and size. ARFID can include a lack of interest in eating food, avoidance of food based on the senses, or concerns about the consequences of eating.
Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED), previously called eating disorder not otherwise specified, was developed to include individuals who do not meet the strict criteria for anorexia or bulimia but still have a significant eating disorder. Atypical anorexia, binge eating disorder of low frequency or limited duration, bulimia nervosa of low frequency or limited duration, purging disorder, and night eating syndrome all fall into this category.
Orthorexia is not in the DSM-5; however, awareness of this type of eating is becoming more and more common. Orthorexia is characterized by an obsession with healthy foods and healthy eating. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often associated with orthorexia.