Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young people
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Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young people

Thomas James Oakley Foundation year 1 doctor, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Colchester, England
Indranil Dey Consultant paediatrician, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay, England
Sandra Discombe Ward manager, Acute children’s services, Louisa Cary Ward/Special Care Baby Unit, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay, England
Lynn Fitzpatrick Specialist dietitian and paediatric team lead, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay, England
Siba Prosad Paul Consultant paediatrician, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay, England

Eating disorders form a group of mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating habits and are associated with high mortality rates. This article provides nurses working in various settings with evidence-based strategies to identify, manage and refer children and young people with eating disorders. It explores what eating disorders are, and their association with physical and psychiatric co-morbidities. Eating disorders have a significant effect on children and young people’s health and development, and nurses have a vital role in managing them. This article presents a case study that illustrates some of the challenges nurses may experience when managing children and young people with eating disorders.

Nursing Standard. 32, 9,52-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10943

Correspondence

siba.paul@nhs.net

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Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 05 July 2017

Accepted: 30 August 2017