Occupational Therapy Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

  • David J. Folts
  • Kent Tigges
  • Gary Jackson


Anorexia nervosa affects the biological, social, and emotional competence of the patient. This eating disorder which affects young women is multifaceted, and requires a global approach to treatment intervention. The occupational behavior model proposed by Reiley is such an intervention.’ It is based on Adolph Meyer’s continuum of the balance between work, rest, play, and sleep.2 Occupation means not only employment but also includes all other activities that occupy a person’s time. In anorexia nervosa there is an unhealthy imbalance of time directed towards weight loss, exercise, and food related issues. This chapter uses the occupational behavior paradigm as a foundation for exploring occupational deficits and discusses treatment interventions for anorexia nervosa.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Intrinsic Motivation Bulimia Nervosa Occupational Therapy 
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  • David J. Folts
  • Kent Tigges
  • Gary Jackson

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