AED Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care (4th Ed.)

About this resource

Often referred to as, the purple book, this guide from the Academy for Eating Disorders' (AED) Medical Care Standards Committee, is intended as a resource to promote recognition and risk management in the care of those with eating disorders.  

The recently released 4th edition guide is available in English and offers:

  • Important facts about eating disorders
  • Presenting signs and symptoms
  • Early Recognition
  • Information on a comprehensive assessment
  • Reference about Re-feeding Syndrome and Undereating
  • Goals of treatment
  • Timely interventions
  • Information on ongoing management

For access to the 3rd edition available in multiple languages, access the AED website here.


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Issue 58 I The Link Between Drugs, Alcohol and Eating Disorders

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Insights in recovery - An overview of the research project informing the Insights in Recovery Guide

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RESET - A Conversation About Boys' Body Image

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