Eating Disorder Treatment: Madi's Recovery from Bulimia at Children's Hospital Colorado


Madi O'Dell was treated successfully in Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorders Unit (EDU) for bulimia, an eating disorder, which began her freshman year in high school.

In this series of videos, Madi candidly shares her teen perspective about her experience. She's also joined by her mom, Sue O'Dell, and high school counselor and coach, Mike Deutsch, who provide tips for adults who suspect a kid they know may be struggling with an eating disorder. Together, Madi, Sue and Mike hope to educate and inspire others about the dangers of eating disorders and the facts and resources available for those who seek treatment.

How an eating disorder develops

Madi describes her personal struggle with bulimia, an eating disorder, which began her freshman year in high school. Today, Madi is a strong advocate for eating disorder treatment and recovery.

Why it's important to speak up about eating disorders

Madi explains her passion for speaking up about eating disorders. Madi was successfully treated for her disorder at Children’s Colorado.

How to talk to kids about eating disorders

Sue and Mike share tips on talking to your child or a child in your care about eating disorders.

What to expect during treatment in Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorders Unit (EDU)

Madi and her mom, Sue, describe what patients in our EDU can expect from check in through treatment.

A typical day in the EDU

Madi describes a typical day during treatment for bulimia at Children's Colorado.

How to be successful during eating disorder treatment

Tips from Sue and Madi for parents and patients about how to be successful during treatment for an eating disorder.

Tips to support kids transitioning to "normal life" after treatment

Practical tips from Sue and Mike about how parents, teachers, coaches and counselors can help kids transition back to "normal life" after treatment for an eating disorder.

How patients can get back to "real life" after treatment for an eating disorder

Madi describes transitioning back to the "real life" of family, school and the community after being treated for bulimia at Children's Colorado.

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