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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 57 (2015) 12, 923 - 927

Short report

Anorexia nervosa and adolescents

A.A. van Elburg, U.N. Danner

background Anorexia nervosa (an), which is the most serious of the eating disorders, starts earlier in life and often continues into adulthood.
aim To discuss the typical features of an in adolescents.
method We present an overview based on the literature about an in adolescents and on analysis performed by experts.
results Youngsters with an run considerable physical risks because their bodies are less well developed and are more easily injured. These injuries can be a lifelong handicap if the patient’s body weight does not rapidly return to normal. However, if the body weight recovers satisfactory, this can point to the possibility of a full psychological recovery. The best route to recovery is to start dining again with the family, to go back to school and to participate in social activities. So far, no other types of treatment have proved to be entirely successful.
conclusion Further research is needed into matters such as an ideal weight for the patient and the best ways of increasing his or her food-intake. We need to find out how best to deal with a patient’s disturbed body image and how to treat any comorbid disease that often accompanies an.

keywords anorexia nervosa, treatment, youngsters