Important Factors in the Process of Recovery According to Patients with Anorexia Nervosa

  • G. Noordenbos


According to Theander (1985 p. 493) “when assessing the total impact of a disease not only is the final outcome of importance, but also the course of the illness over time: the total duration of the illness; the suffering and discomfort it inflicts on the patient and family; whether the course over time is stable or fluctuating; which complications may be encountered; and whether relapses are apt to occur”. Stipulating the precise moment when it can be said that a patient with anorexia nervosa has recovered is difficult, because different opinions are possible. Can we say that a patient with anorexia nervosa has recovered when (s)he eats normally and has a normal weight? Or can we only talk about recovery when the patient has a more positive image of herself and her body, which reduces the likelihood of relapses? According to Theander (1985 p. 496) the following criteria are the most important for a favourable outcome in an eating disorder: “spontaneous and regular menstruation, a stable body weight within 15% of the average body weight for height, normal eating habits without bulimic episodes or undue dieting, and a reasonably normal conception of the body without unrealistic overestimation of the body size”.


General Practitioner Anorexia Nervosa Eating Behaviour Eating Disorder Untreated Patient 
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