Eating disorders in over 8s: management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


About 1 in 250 females and 1 in 2000 males will experience anorexia nervosa, generally in adolescence or young adulthood. About five times that number will have bulimia nervosa. The adverse physical consequences of dieting, weight loss and purging behaviours are notable and sometimes prove fatal. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder of adolescence

This Guidelines summary provides recommendations on the management of binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.


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