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Eating disorders: Overview of treatment

Sara F Forman, MD
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Joel Yager, MD
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David Solomon, MD


Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can be life-threatening due to general medical complications and suicide, and patients often refuse treatment.

This topic provides an overview of treatment in patients with eating disorders. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, assessment, diagnosis, course of illness, and medical complications of eating disorders are discussed separately, as is the refeeding syndrome in anorexia nervosa.

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis".)

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults: Clinical features, course of illness, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults and adolescents: Medical complications and their management".)


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