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Eating disorders



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1 hour
Publish Date
16 October 2019
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About this Course

Early detection and treatment of eating disorders, especially within the first 3 years of illness onset are important to improve long-term outcomes.

Eating disorders refer to a range of disorders that are characterised by disturbances of eating behaviours such as eating very little, eating excessively, or purging. Core beliefs are often held focussing around food, eating and body image perception.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognise the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.
  • Recognise the diagnosis of bulimia nervosa.
  • Understand the potential long-term consequences of eating disorders.
  • Recognise the common physical and physiological changes that may be seen in eating disorders.
  • Know how to assess a patient suspected of having an eating disorder.
  • Understand the referral criteria and process for eating disorders.


This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP for the Goodfellow Unit (2019). It was reviewed by Dr Hiran Thabrew, Child psychiatrist, Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer (ADHB and the University of Auckland).

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