Research focus

How to treat eating disorders in primary care

Three studies highlight the growing incidence of eating disorders in primary care
Young woman with eating disorder

Eating disorders have long-term consequences for all aspects of health and are associated with the highest mortality rate among all mental disorders. Three recent studies highlight the growing incidence of eating disorders in general practice, discuss how orthorexia nervosa is a distinct diagnosis and describe nurses’ training needs

Learning points

  • Primary care professionals could diagnose and treat people with eating disorders earlier if they had better training and resources
  • Online training of healthcare professionals working with people with eating disorders is cost-effective and increased knowledge and confidence
  • Orthorexia nervosa involves highly restrictive eating behaviours and is closely associated with eating disorders
Shining the light on eating disorders, incidence, prognosis and profiling of patients in primary and secondary care: national data linkage study

Better training and resources for primary care professionals could help ensure people


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