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initiated in primary care. People with AN should have psychological treatment and

physical monitoring provided by a competent healthcare profes- sional. For AN, the range of therapies recommended is greater and reflects the absence of evidence of the superiority of any specific therapy over others. This is not the case for children and adoles- cents with AN where there is robust evidence of the efficacy of family behaviour therapy (The Maudesley Model). There is no evidence to support the use of medication for the treatment of AN and caution should be exercised in starting medication with side effects which affect the cardiac system due to the compromised cardiac state of individuals with AN.9 Away from the individual, attention should be paid to the needs of family members as they carry a significant burden of care.

RISK The majority of care of those with an ED takes place on an outpatient basis and shared care with the GP/primary care staff is an important aspect of treatment. Key to this is the management of risks associated with EDs which relate to the effects of the ED behaviours; mainly the restriction of food and fluids, and vomiting or laxative abuse. Indicators of increased risk include: Excess exercise with low weight. Blood in vomit. Inadequate fluid intake in combination with poor eating. Rapid weight loss. Fainting. Cardiac symptoms such as chest pain.

Substantial psychological risks exist, in particular that of suicide,

which is increased in those with an eating disorder and should be part of the assessment and management of the individual. Weight/BMI are not sufficient on their own to accurately assess


Laxative use Individuals who abuse laxatives should be advised to gradually withdraw from them to prevent rebound constipation. Other standard advice about fluid intake and adequate nutrition apply.

Vomiting Individuals should be advised to avoid brushing their teeth following vomiting as this can brush acid into the enamel of the teeth causing damage. Instead they should reduce the acidity of the mouth using an alkaline substance such as bicarbonate of soda diluted in water.

Binge eating Individuals who binge eat should be advised to eat regularly, spreading their intake over 4-5 meals/snacks in the day. They should reduce dieting behaviours and try to eat all types of food.

Weighing Weighing oneself reinforces preoccupation with and attempts to control weight. Individuals should aim to reduce this behaviour and weigh only when necessary such as medical exam or monitoring progress of weight restoration.

risk and it is recommended that BMI should be combined with an examination of muscle strength, blood pressure, pulse rate, peripheral circulation and core temperature.10 case when dealing with children and adolescents.11

This is particularly the Earlier cautions

about the use of medications in AN should also be considered here.

CONCLUSION Eating disorders have a devastating effect not only on the individual with the disorder but also on families and carers. They are difficult to detect, so early recognition of the disorder in primary care will contribute to earlier intervention, and a likely better outcome. Individuals with EDs may reject help due to fear of the consequenc- es, and for all clinicians in primary care, this is best seen as part of the ED, and managed by adopting an understanding approach. An agreement about who is responsible for managing the significant physical and psychological risk associated with EDs is essential between primary and secondary care clinical staff. Lastly, but equally as importantly, the carers and family members of those with EDs should receive support in managing the impact of the disorder.

RESOURCES Beat Eating Disorders Royal College of Psychiatrists National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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