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Anorexia  Nervosa  in  children

Family-based therapy has been demonstrated to be the most effective treatment for anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents.

In the treatment of Eating Concerns Brisbane, this approach actively involves parents in their child’s recovery. It supports parents to help their child restore weight and relearn healthy eating behaviours. On average, treatment is conducted within 15-20 treatment sessions over a period of approximately 12 months.

Family interventions that directly address the eating disorder should be offered to children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa
– Nice

Eating Concerns Brisbane: Anorexia  Nervosa  in  adults

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorder (CBT-E) is effective for the treatment for eating disorders in adults.

CBT-E addresses the behaviours, thoughts, and emotions associated with an eating disorder. It involves establishing regular eating patterns, reducing rigid dieting, minimising triggers, reducing weight and shape concerns, and improving body image and self-esteem.

Treatment involves 20-40 sessions (depending on severity). Session are initially conducted weekly but then spread out to fortnightly as the client nears recovery.

Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) is a cognitive-interpersonal treatment method which has demonstrated good treatment outcomes in adults with severe and chronic anorexia nervosa.

Treatment is tailored to the specific individual and can include strategies aimed at addressing thinking styles, emotional and relational styles, beliefs about one’s identity as well as the utility of anorexia, and interpersonal relationships. It consists of 20–40 individual weekly sessions (depending on illness severity), together with 4 or 5 follow-up sessions which are more spread out (monthly).

“Most people with anorexia nervosa should be managed on an outpatient basis with psychological treatment provided by a service that is competent in giving that treatment and assessing the physical risk of people with eating disorders”
– Nice

See Also:

pdf Through To The Other Side – A parent’s journey through anorexia nervosa

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Bulimia  Nervosa  in  children

Family-based therapy has been demonstrated to be the most effective treatment for anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents. This approach actively involves parents in their child’s recovery. It supports parents to help their child restore weight and relearn healthy eating behaviours. On average, treatment is conducted within 15-20 treatment sessions over a period of approximately 12 months.

“Family interventions that directly address the eating disorder should be offered to children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa” – Nice

Bulimia  Nervosa  in  adults

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (CBT-BN) is effective for the treatment for eating disorders in adults. CBT-E addresses the behaviours, thoughts, and emotions associated with an eating disorder. It involves establishing regular eating patterns, reducing rigid dieting, minimising triggers, reducing weight and shape concerns, and improving body image and self-esteem. Treatment involves 20-40 sessions (depending on severity). Session are initially conducted weekly but then spread out to fortnightly as the client nears recovery.

“Cognitive behaviour therapy for bulimia nervosa (CBT-BN), a specifically adapted form of CBT, should be offered to adults with bulimia nervosa. The course of treatment should be for 16 to 20 sessions over 4 to 5 months”
– Nice

Preventing the damage of purging to your teeth

Eating Concerns Brisbane: Those suffering from bulimia and/or who purge regularly are at risk of long-term damage to their teeth. While psychological treatment obviously seeks to reduce purging behavior, it is important to reduce the ongoing risk of damage in the interim.

Here are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the damage of purging while seeking treatment for purging behaviour.

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[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Binge Eating” open=”false”]Coming Soon![/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”Selective Eating (“fussy eating”)” open=”false”]Across all cultures, enjoying a meal can represent more than simply consuming our daily nutrient requirements. Food can bring people together, celebrate an occasion, convey our feelings and is an important aspect of many cultural and religious identities. However, for some families, meal times represent a battleground of distress, avoidance, and anxiety when children have eating difficulties.

Approximately one in four children experience eating problems during early childhood with one in two families stating that their child actively avoids particular foods. These difficulties are present in some children from birth and infancy, whilst other children develop eating difficulties related to environmental or psychological triggers.

Eating problems are a common challenge for many parents. However, when these behaviours are accompanied by physical health, behavioural or emotional problems or are causing significant distress to children or parents it is important for them to seek support. Without intervention, insufficient nutrient consumption can lead to delays in motor skills, speech and language development as well as stress and mental health difficulties.

Children with eating difficulties are usually restricted in either:

  • The variety of foods consumed (typical description of picky eaters)
  • The quantity of foods consumed (includes appetite issues, lack of interest, avoiding eating)
  • The texture of foods consumed (for example, children only eating pureed or chewy foods).

By the time many families present for treatment, meal times are well established as a negative experience for both parents and children. Children have often developed an intense fear of foods and can become highly distressed at the sight or suggestion of new foods.

Behavioural family interventions are the most effective approaches to the treatment of child feeding problems. This involves helping parents to alter the family’s feeding practices to promote improvements in their child’s eating behaviours.

Factsheet on Selective Eating in Children

Here are our top 5 tips for helping your child with their picky- or selective-eating habits.

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