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The family plays a major role in making the person affected by an eating disorder better. Getting parents involved in treatment is the key to recovery from anorexia, according to a US study.

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Anorexics should not sit alone in individual treatment sessions and explore the underlying causes of their disease. 

Instead, the patient's family should be involved and taught how to keep the anorexic in check so that he or she eats enough and does not exercise too much. further writes that such a family-based treatment proves to be twice as effective as individual treatment.

When behavior is broken, thought patterns also change

Researcher and professor of psychiatry, James Lock, who is behind the study, says according to that the high effectiveness behind such a treatment method is due to the ritual behavior and the actions associated with anorexia, play a very large role in keeping the disease Started.

In other words, this behavior must be constantly challenged, as it is the behavior that largely perpetuates the eating disorder, and such a role parents can play.

The researcher says:

If you disturb the behavior that perpetuates the disease, and get the patients to eat, you also disturb their way of thinking, and the whole attraction of that way of thinking becomes less, he says in a press release.


Twice as good effect of family therapy

The treatment effect was measured in relation to the extent to which the patients actually achieved their normal weight as a result of the therapy, and the extent to which this was maintained at a normal level.

The finding was that almost half of the patients who received family-based treatment were declared healthy, while this applied to only 23 per cent of those who received individual treatment. An equal number of patients in the two groups were declared partially healthy.

Although both treatments helped a group of patients, this study clearly indicates that family-based treatment works best, Lock says.


Changes in family interaction provide opportunities for changes in the disease

Kirsten Hørder, chief physician and head of the Center for Eating Disorders at Odense University Hospital. The surveys are in accordance with previous research which has shown that family therapy generally gives the best results in the face of eating disorders. Hørder tells

We work to strengthen parents, teach them to set boundaries and teach them to be authority figures for their children, and then we teach them to distinguish between children and anorexia. When they have a conflict, it is the anorexia that says ugly things, not the child.

The child is part of a family. That is, symptoms and behaviors occur in interaction with the family. So if you help the family to change action patterns, you may be able to create opportunities for change in relation to the disease.



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