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"Anorexia undoubtedly can be cured in the majority of cases. I would estimate that about 60% respond to first-line interventions and about 80% respond fairly completely within five years."

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Dasha Nicholls, is Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Dasha is President elect of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

"If I could say one thing to somebody with an eating disorder, it would be do something about it now - don't wait. Don't assume it will suddenly go away or that there will be a miracle, this will persist unless you do something about it."

Professor Glenn Waller from the University of Sheffield is a Chartered Psychologist and an expert in the psychology of eating disorders. His research interests include the thought processes behind the conditions and ways to treat them.

"Ideally, we like to see people as early in the course of their illness as possible. There's very strong evidence that early intervention really improves the prognosis."

Professor Janet Treasure OBE from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London is a world-renowned expert on eating disorders, and a well-known author on the subject. In early 2013 she was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to People with Eating Disorders.

 


Your Questions Answered…

 

Spend some time with our experts and find out all you need to know about eating disorders...

In a series of film clips, Dr Dasha Nicholls, Professor Janet Treasure and Professor Glenn Waller share their expertise on the causes, symptoms and treatments of conditions including anorexia and bulimia.

Take a look at the full list of topics they cover below, and click on the images to hear from the experts.

  General

 

 

  • What is an eating disorder?
  • How would I know if someone had an eating disorder?
 
  • What are the main types?
  • Who is at risk of an eating disorder?
 
  • Who is most commonly diagnosed with an eating disorder?
  • How is an eating disorder normally treated?
 
  • What help is available?

 

  Anorexia

 

 

 
  • What are the main symptoms of anorexia?
 
  • Who does it most commonly affect?
 
  • What are the physical dangers of anorexia?
  • How is it commonly treated?
 
  • What can friends and family do?
 
  • What is the prognosis … can anorexia be cured?
 
  • How long does recovery from anorexia take?

 

  Bulimia

 

 

           
  • What are the main symptoms of bulimia?
 
  • Who does it most commonly affect?
 
  • What are the physical dangers of bulimia?

  Bulimia (continued)

 

 

          
  • How is it commonly treated?
 
  • What are the challenges of treating bulimia?
 
  • What can friends and family do?
 
  • What is the prognosis … can bulimia be cured?
 
  • How long does recovery from bulimia take?

 

  Binge Eating Disorder

 

 

  • What are the main symptoms of binge eating disorder?
 
  • Who does it most commonly affect?
 
  • What are the physical dangers of binge eating disorder?
 
  • How is it commonly treated?
 
  • What can friends and family do?

 

  EDNOS

 

 

             
  • What is an EDNOS? [Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified]
 
  • How is it diagnosed and treated?

 

  Finally

 

 

           
  • If you could have anything to help your work, what would it be?
 
  • If there was one thing you could say to someone with an eating disorder, what would it be?
 
  • If there was one thing you could say to friends and family of someone with an eating disorder, what would it be?

 

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