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Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
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Samms-Vaughan, Maureen E.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Article Title
Eating disorders: What's new?
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West Indian Medical Journal
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2002
Volume ID
51
Issue ID
1
Page(s)
1-3
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Abstract
The management of eating disorders, particularly AN, often requires prolonged hospitalisation in specialized Eating Disorder Units, involving a highly qualified multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, paediatricians, psycologists and nutritionists. It would behove Caribbean nations to learn from the lessons of their developed neighbours and institute general preventative measures. Health education programmes should encourage healthy lifestyles from early childhood. Parental concerns about childhood overweight should be directed towards healthy lifestyles for children rather than judgemental responses which have negative consequences for self-esteem and promote the development of eating disorders. Regular chiild health surveillance should routinely include questions about eating habits and weight concerns of parents, children and adolescents as well as child and family functioning. Physicians should become more educated about the changing presenting features of the eating disorders and should be aware of existing local facilities.....
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