Eating disorders are potentially deadly and disabling. However, full recovery is possible. The best prognosis is associated with early intervention, comprehensive treatment, full weight & nutritional restoration, and continuum and continuity of care. Goals of treatment include: medical/emotional stabilization, weight/nutritional restoration, developing a healthy and "normalized" relationship with food, weight, body & eating (non-restrictive eating, including variety of foods, flexibility, balanced nutrition, comfort with food, absence of binge eating and compensatory behaviors), development of effective coping skills to manage emotions, urges and symptoms, improving mood by developing coping skills, assessing for appropriateness of medications and use of support, development of a relapse prevention and continuum of care treatment plan. Also see Stages of recovery
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