anorexia Nervosa

What is it?

People who suffer from anorexia often try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food or exercising too much, or both. They often have an intense fear of weight gain and may also have a distorted image of their bodies. Sometimes people struggling with anorexia also engage in other behaviours such as bingeing and/or purging.

What does treatment for anorexia involve?

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2017)

guidelines recommends three treatments for anorexia in adults:


1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Enhanced for Eating

    Disorders (CBT-E).

2. Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for

    Adults (MANTRA)

3. Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)

For children and young people with anorexia Family Based Treatment is the recommended approach.

Please Note: Treating Disorders does not work with individuals whose BMI falls below 16.5 due to the medical implications of being at such a low weight, which would benefit from the combined care of a multidisciplinary team.

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