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Treatment approaches vary depending on the needs of the individual. This takes into consideration a range of factors, such as the type and severity of the eating disorder, age, family environment, relationships, mental condition, physical condition and social issues. The best treatment for someone suffering from an eating disorder will be one that addresses all of these areas.

Person-Centred Care

Person-Centred Care is the most effective way to treat someone with an eating disorder. This approach ensures treatment is specifically customised to suit a person’s illness, situation and needs.

Person-Centred care:

  • Focuses on recovery as unique to the individual
  • Addresses all aspects of the illness: physical, psychological, behavioural, social and practical
  • Is tailored to the needs and circumstances of the person with the eating disorder and their family or support network
  • Puts the needs of the person with the eating disorder at the core of all decisions throughout the process of treatment and recovery
  • Recognises that recovery takes time, both during and after the treatment process

Clinicians and health professionals work with individuals to determine the best treatment approach. In most cases, they will ensure that all treatments are fully suited to the mental, physical, emotional, behavioural and environmental needs of the person with the eating disorder.


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