This new research, "hot off the press" shows clearly that family based treatment (FBT) was superior to individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for teens suffering from Bulimia Nervosa.
Using hashtags like #cleaneating and #guiltfree perpetuate the idea that eating is somehow a moral issue. It sends the unhelpful message that there is a "right way" and "wrong way" to eat. Viewing food and eating this way can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and a condition known as orthorexia.
I wanted to shared the comments I posted on the ANZAED linkedin discussion board following the recent ANZAED conference on the Gold Coast. I have had the privilege of having been supervised by 'both camps' if you will and so feel in quite a unique position to comment. An interesting debate that I am sure will continue about the use of manuals in the eating disorders treatment field.
This is quite a long piece to listen too but well worth it if your loved one is experiencing anorexia. It explains very well what is happening in the brain when someone with anorexia is faced with having to eat. I hope this talk will help develop a better understanding this baffling illness and the fear that sufferers have to go through. However, please note that some of the treatment recommendations are not in line with Family Based Treatment and should be separated from the explanation. I do know that some parents have found this video helpful in order to separate the illness from their daughter or son. It helps us understand why someone with anorexia cannot "just eat" like the rest of us.
This recent article presents evidence that eating disorder symptoms in adolescence are not just "a phase". Instead, they can be linked to depression and even obesity in adulthood. Given this, it's worth seeking treatment for these symptoms when they appear to prevent further disability and ill health throughout the life time.