What paediatricians should know about eating disorders in children and young people

Lee D Hudson, Andrew J Court
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2012, 48 (10): 869-75
Any health professional working with children and young people may become involved in the care of a child or young person with an eating disorder. Morbidity and mortality can be high, and paediatricians have an important role to play. There are broadly two aspects of underweight that the paediatrician may face - acute medical instability and a more chronic underweight which can impact greatly upon growth and development. Ultimate weight restoration means an adequate nutritional status to allow appropriate growth and development. Key to success is a team approach with paediatric and mental health and dietetic expertise combined. This paper provides an overview of eating disorders and explores current best practice, written in collaboration by a paediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist.

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