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Here's how treatment for eating disorders is evolving

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Across the country, hospitals have reported a staggering rise in the number of diagnosed eating disorders, especially among young people. The increase in cases is straining the capacity of treatment facilities, and those seeking help are faced with long wait times and limited resources.

‘Ai Pono Foundation is Hawaiʻi’s first treatment center for eating disorders. They currently operate the only specialized residential program in the state. The Conversation spoke with Dr. Adam Coles, the president and medical director of ʻAi Pono, about how treatment for eating disorders is evolving.

Click here for more resources on eating disorders. This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 1, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

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