The first treatment priority for anorexia nervosa is restoring the patient to normal levels of food intake. With anorexia, “food is medicine.” With bulimia, normalization of food intake is necessary. Not all anorexic patients are underweight, and bulimia can be present in patients who are below, at, or above normal weight. Most treatment programs start treatment with re-feeding, recognizing the imperative of medical recovery to healthy weight. Patients must overcome the ravages of malnutrition if any form of psychological support is to succeed.
Keywords: define food eating disorder
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