Edited by Prof. Daniel Le Grange
In light of recent changes in clinical practice toward higher calorie refeeding for medically unstable adolescents with anorexia nervosa, the Journal of Eating Disorders has instigated this special issue that will highlight new research assessing, in terms of caloric intake, “start high, advance fast” compared to “start low, advance slow” programs. Lower calorie refeeding is widely practiced in light of concerns for development of the refeeding syndrome. However, some accounts have demonstrated that low/slow caloric intake in inpatient programs run the risk of what has been called the ‘underfeeding’ syndrome – that is, weight loss while inpatient due to inadequate caloric input to support rapid weight gain and medical stabilization. Approaches also vary widely around the world and in adult and outpatient treatment settings.
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