McMaster Children's Hospital Eating Disorder Program

We are currently the Regional Centre for Paediatric Eating Disorders for the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network ( HNHB LHIN). We serve the residents of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Norfolk and Burlington. Our program provides a complete assessment by our team of clinicians, for patients referred for an eating disorders assessment. The program was established in 2001 and has grown to offer 3 levels of service to children and youth in our community.

We are part of the Adolescent Medicine Program at McMaster Children's Hospital. We provide care to children and adolescents with moderate to severe eating disorders in a variety of settings:


This program accepts referrals from physicians and nurse practitioners for children up to their 18th birthday from across the province. This is a 6 bed unit.

Your Hospital Stay

Day Hospital

This program offers services children and adolescents up to the age of 18 who are currently involved with McMaster Children’s Hospital or other OHIP funded programs. There are 4 Day Hospital spaces.

Day Hospital Information and Contract

Outpatient Program

This program offers assessment to children and adolescents up to their 17th birthday and treatment until their 18th birthday. We provide assessment and treatment to the residents of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Norfolk and Burlington.

Interdisciplinary Team

We have a large team with many different specialistswho have a lot of experience working with teenagers.  Our team includes pediatricians, a psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, nurses, dietitian and child life specialist  We also have students and doctors in training who work with us under supervision. 

Our staff are very skilled at working with children and families struggling with an eating disorder. We are leaders in Canada in the delivery of outpatient Family Based Treatment ( FBT) for eating disorders. Family Based Treatment is a treatment approach that involves the family in the recovery process.

Statement of Dignity and Inclusion

Any expressions of bigotry, hatred, prejudice or disrespect are inconsistent with the ideals of preserving human dignity and our goal of cultivating the human potential in everyone, and have no place in our community.

It is important that we expressly note that all members of our community, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex patients, parents, staff, and trainees are welcome in our clinic.

As part of the Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorder Team at McMaster Children’s Hospital/McMaster University:

  • We are committed to building a safe and inclusive space where diversity is celebrated.
  • We recognize, value and encourage celebration of human differences that surround us.
  • We ask all members of our community to participate in fostering this spirit.

What type of eating disorders do we see?

At McMaster, we see a wide range of eating disorders in both children and adolescents. We provide treatment to young people who have moderate to severe eating disorder symptoms. For more information about the types of eating disorders, please refer to the following links:

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST)
National Eating Disorders Information Centre (nedic)
National Eating Disorders Centre ( Australia)

What eating problems don’t we provide treatment for within our program?

Infants and young children experiencing feeding and swallowing problems should be referred to a general pediatrician or the McMaster Feeding and Swallowing Clinic. A physician referral required.

Phone: 905 521 2100 x 75013
Fax: 905 521 2654

Childhood obesity: Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre

Selective or ‘picky’ eaters:

Many young children experience taste and texture preferences and may try to limit their intake to foods that they like or are comfortable with. This can be a very frustrating experience for parents who are trying to feed their child a range of healthy options. We encourage parents to discuss this behavior with your child’s family doctor.

Many family doctor’s, either alone or in combination with a Registered Dietitian or Social Worker are able to help children expand their food choices. If your family doctor does not have a Registered Dietitian, you can find one for a fee in your community by going to the Dietitians of Canada website.

The McMaster Eating Disorders program does provide assessment for medically significant selective eaters who are failing to meet growth expectations. We ask that these children are first referred to their local general pediatrician for assessment and guidance. If your child continues to struggle with intake and growth, your pediatrician can make a referral to our service.

How to make a referral:

A referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is required. Some blood work and an electrocardiogram ( ECG) must be completed ( this is outlined on the referral form) in order for the assessment to proceed.

A copy of the referral form is available here . Completed referrals can be faxed to: 905 521 2349

Our Clinical Coordinator, Cheryl Webb, can be reached at 905 521 2100 x 73497 Monday to Friday 830 – 430.

Resources for Physicians

If you are a Physician or Nurse Practitioner and in need of urgent advise on the management of your patient, please contact Adolescent Medicine on call at 905 521 5030.

We recommend that the child or adolescent with a suspected eating problem have close follow up with their Physician or Nurse Practitioner while they are waiting for assessment in our clinic. You may find the patient education materials and links below helpful.

Getting a head start

Helping Your Child Return to Health

Fear of needles

Parking and directions

Eating Disorder Resources for Physicians

Eating Disorder Resources for patients and families

Mental Health

The McMaster Eating Disorder Program treats children and adolescents who are experiencing moderate to severe eating disorders. Many children come to us with other mental health concerns. Parents may also choose to make a self-referral for their child for general mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety. Counselling support is also often available through your family doctor’s office.

Contact Hamilton 905 667 0672

Contact Brant  519 758 8228

Contact Niagara  905 684 3407 or TollFree 1-800-933-3617

Reach out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Burlington 905 632 9377

Haldimand- Norfolk Reach  519 587 2441 or Tollfree 1-800-265-8087

Adult Eating Disorder Services

The Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders  can provide you with a list of all OHIP funded Eating Disorders Programs in the province.

Local Adult Eating Disorders Service include:

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Niagara Eating Disorder Outpatient Program