Harvard Mental Health Letter

Treating anorexia nervosa

People suffering from anorexia nervosa fight the body's instinctive urge to eat. Challenges to treatment include permanent changes in the brain due to prolonged starvation, and providing treatment in a manner that is sympathetic rather than punitive.
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