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.


See also

RESET - A Conversation About Boys' Body Image

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Insights in Recovery: A consumer-informed guide for health practitioners working with people with eating disorders

Gaining insight into consumer experience is essential for effective implementation of mental health recovery policy.

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NEDC Credentialing Consultation Report 2020

After over six months of consultation with the eating disorders community and wider health sector, NEDC has published a consultation report which outlines our findings.

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