‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life:’ Client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment

Rance, Nicola; Moller, Naomi P and Clarke, Victoria (2017). ‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life:’ Client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(5) pp. 582–594.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105315609088

Abstract

Poor success rates and high levels of dropout are common features in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Using semi-structured interviews this study elicited the views of 12 women who were recovered, or in recovery, for anorexia nervosa and had received treatment. Results derived from a thematic analysis revealed the women’s high degree of dissatisfaction with treatment and their perception that the treatment system is overly focused on, and driven by, food and weight. In contrast, what the women really wanted was to be seen and treated as a ‘whole person’ and to have a ‘real’ relationship with their therapist.

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