Chapter 2

Nutritional Aspects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

Johanna Dwyer


The purposes of this chapter are threefold. I first review the range of nutrition-related effects that are seen in anorexia nervosa and eating disorders associated with it. This is followed by a review of nutritional screening and assessment procedures. The chapter concludes with a brief guide to the dietary aspects of treatment.

Anorexia Nervosa and Appetite

Appetite is a desire for certain bodily satisfactions such as the sustenance provided by food to satisfy the natural physiological needs of the body (Bolles, 1980). That is, appetite is a mental want related to a bodily need. In the past few decades it has become clear that in addition to physiological ...

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