Autonomy, a key task in adolescent growth and development, involves transitioning towards independence. This is halted temporarily when eating disorder patients require supported refeeding.  In the FBT/Maudsley approach, patients are relieved of choices related to eating and activity levels during the initial phase of treatment, and this responsibility is delegated to the parents/caregiver.  As patients approach weight restoration, the emphasis of treatment shifts toward the patient's recovery of nutritional independence and autonomy.

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