Eating and Feeding Disorders in Children and Adolescents

  • Agnes Louise JohnstonEmail author


  • How can we diagnose the so-called ‘eating disorders’ in the under 18 age group—what are the physical and psychological conditions which may mimic them? Are they diagnoses of exclusion?

  • What are the causes of eating disorders and how can they be distinguished from wilfulness and bad behavior?

  • How common are anorexia and bulimia nervosa in adolescence and earlier childhood, and is there any increase in recent years?

  • How do the assessment and management of eating disorders differ when the patient is a young child or adolescent rather than an adult?

  • How do GPs/outpatient staff manage eating disorders in the young?

  • What can go wrong in severe cases? How can this be prevented?

  • What happens when the patient reaches the age of 18?

  • What is the prognosis for young people with anorexia nervosa?


Agnes Louise Johnston

is a Consultant Psychiatrist with an interest in eating disorders at the Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen.



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders


Family Behavioural Treatment (based on the work of Locke et al)


International Classification of Diseases


Version of above for patients age 0–18


Guidance document on the Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa (see reference section for further details)


Specialist Eating Disorders Bed


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eating Disorders ServicesRoyal Cornhill HospitalAberdeenUK

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