Anorexia Nervosa

Refeeding the Patient With Anorexia Nervosa

Eating Disorders
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Successful treatment of persons with anorexia nervosa is possible when a multidisciplinary team consisting of a mental health professional, a dietician, and a medical professional with expertise in eating disorders direct treatment. One of the primary goals of treatment is the restoration of weight. Refeeding by oral, enteral, or parenteral routes is a cornerstone of treatment but must be under-taken with care in order to avoid the widespread dysfunction associated with the refeeding syndrome.

Written by

Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Philip S. Mehler began his career at Denver Health more than 35 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine and then Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) until he was promoted…

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