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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Primary Prevention

In some cases, prevention may not be possible. Encouraging healthy, realistic attitudes toward weight and diet may be helpful. Sometimes, talk therapy can help.

  • Different kinds of talk therapy are used to treat people with anorexia:
  • Individual cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy have all been successful.
  • The goal of therapy is to change a patient's thoughts or behavior to encourage them to eat in a healthier way. This kind of therapy is more useful for treating younger patients who have not had anorexia for a long time.
  • If the patient is young, therapy may involve the whole family. The family is seen as a part of the solution, instead of the cause of the eating disorder.
  • Support groups may also be a part of treatment. In support groups, patients and families meet and share what they've been through.

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