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10-19-2010, 03:37 AM
October 18, 2010, 4:29 pm Family Therapy for Eating Disorders

By TARA PARKER-POPE ( Parents often feel helpless in their efforts to cure a child of an eating disorder. Now new research shows a family-based therapy program may be the solution. The method, reports Roni Rabin in today’s Science Times, is not only more effective than adolescent-focused individual therapy but keeps working even after the treatment ends.
Unlike traditional treatments for anorexia nervosa in adolescents, in which the patient sees the therapist one on one, this kind of family-based treatment encourages parents to play a pivotal role in restoring their child’s weight while trying to avoid hospitalizations.
It is a demanding program: for the first two weeks of treatment, at least one parent must be available around the clock to supervise meals and snacks, and monitor children between meals to make sure they do not burn off the calories with excessive exercise.
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