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Anorexia nervosa--irony, misnomer and paradox.
Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2009 May; 17(3):165-8.EE

Abstract

Anorexia nervosa is a condition full of irony and paradox. Perhaps the most enigmatic of these is that professionals tend to hold the same morbid preoccupation with weight, BMI and targets as do our patients. In this article we outline why we believe that an over-emphasis on weight/BMI and targets is inappropriate, misleading and potentially harmful. Although this view is not always greeted with enormous enthusiasm by some, others are relieved that this particular 'holy cow' is at last being challenged. It is important that we should all have an open mind to the possibility that one of the main tenets of our practice may actually be unhelpful. Some ancient wisdom is drawn upon to support this view.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Gt. Ormond St. Hospital, London WC1N 3JH, UK. bryanlask@mac.comNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19382127

Citation

Lask, Bryan, and Ian Frampton. "Anorexia Nervosa--irony, Misnomer and Paradox." European Eating Disorders Review : the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, vol. 17, no. 3, 2009, pp. 165-8.
Lask B, Frampton I. Anorexia nervosa--irony, misnomer and paradox. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2009;17(3):165-8.
Lask, B., & Frampton, I. (2009). Anorexia nervosa--irony, misnomer and paradox. European Eating Disorders Review : the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 17(3), 165-8. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.933
Lask B, Frampton I. Anorexia Nervosa--irony, Misnomer and Paradox. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2009;17(3):165-8. PubMed PMID: 19382127.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Anorexia nervosa--irony, misnomer and paradox. AU - Lask,Bryan, AU - Frampton,Ian, PY - 2009/4/22/entrez PY - 2009/4/22/pubmed PY - 2009/8/6/medline SP - 165 EP - 8 JF - European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association JO - Eur Eat Disord Rev VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - Anorexia nervosa is a condition full of irony and paradox. Perhaps the most enigmatic of these is that professionals tend to hold the same morbid preoccupation with weight, BMI and targets as do our patients. In this article we outline why we believe that an over-emphasis on weight/BMI and targets is inappropriate, misleading and potentially harmful. Although this view is not always greeted with enormous enthusiasm by some, others are relieved that this particular 'holy cow' is at last being challenged. It is important that we should all have an open mind to the possibility that one of the main tenets of our practice may actually be unhelpful. Some ancient wisdom is drawn upon to support this view. SN - 1099-0968 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19382127/full_citation/Anorexia_nervosa_irony_misnomer_and_paradox_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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