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Management of the Underweight Patient

Edited by Michael Kohn and Neville Golden

Early publications on eating disorders were on the medical and nutritional care for young women with anorexia nervosa in the nineteenth century.  Since that time there have been major advances in the science of starvation and physical health restoration but practice can vary and consensus can be elusive. There is not a shared understanding of the physiological changes in starvation nor optimal strategy to best manage malnutrition for patients with anorexia nervosa.  Whilst there are Centres with established refeeding practices lead by clinicians of considerable experience, research is needed  to address questions such as how best to provide nutrition, including  nutrients (calories and micronutrients/supplements) as well as feeding strategies and the management of early complications. The relationships between cognitive, emotional and physical states during the period of intensive nutritional care are also under-researched.

This collection of articles in Journal of Eating Disorders has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

  1. Extreme anorexia nervosa (AN) is defined as a BMI < 15 kg/m2 in those meeting DSM-V diagnostic criteria for AN. This study seeks to define the frequency of medical complications in this group of patients in order...

    Authors: Dennis Gibson, Ashlie Watters, Jeana Cost, Margherita Mascolo and Philip S. Mehler
    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2020 8:25