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May 9, 2018

Your Guide to Effective Medical Care for Eating Disorders

Eating disorder treatment can be lengthy, complicated and may even take several treatment attempts for someone to fully recover.

We know early recognition and rapid intervention is the ideal standard of care and, in many instances, increases a patient’s chance for long-term success. So it’s critical that medical providers become experts at recognizing, referring, and treating patients with eating disorders.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) has released the third edition of its medical care standards guide. “Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care” is available for download and is designed to promote recognition and risk management for patients suffering from eating disorders.

Written by the AED’s Medical Care Standards Task Force, this guide offers crucial information for all medical providers, including important facts about eating disorders, signs, and symptoms, critical points for early recognition, comprehensive assessment, treatment goals, timely interventions, and ongoing management.

The guide been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association, as well as medical leaders throughout Canada and Mexico. It has also been translated into 10 different languages so that a diverse group of patients and medical providers can reference this work.

If you, a loved one, or your patient is struggling with an eating disorder, we strongly recommend you access this guide. We are very proud of how the entire eating disorder community has come together to provide this enormously helpful guide to ensure all patients suffering from an eating disorder receive the highest quality care.

For additional information on eating disorders and treatment approaches, see the About Eating Disorders section of our website.

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