The first-line treatment of eating disorders is food. Recovery of brain and other medical systems requires balanced nutrition, often at higher calorie levels than usual, with a wide variety of fats, calorie- and nutrient-dense foods. The foods needed during recovery can temporarily increase the anxiety associated with recovery, which makes refeeding difficult. Dramatic reversal of eating disorder symptoms and personality changes are generally seen once weight is restored to an appropriate level and maintained for several months. Nutrition intervention and weight restoration generally occur prior to or concurrent with other therapeutic interventions. Psychotherapy is usually ineffective without full nutrition. Better outcomes are associated with weight restoration to maximum, rather than minimum, targets. Source.
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