Physicians frequently fail to consider a diagnosis of an eating disorder in children and adolescents and there is often a delay between presentation with clinically significant symptoms and referral to an appropriate service.
Early diagnosis and treatment bodes favourably in terms of long-term prognosis for anorexia nervosa.
Pre pubertal onset anorexia nervosa is at least as severe as postpubertal and may represent a particularly pernicious form of the disorder, heightening the importance of early intervention.
Even early, subthreshold presentations of AN can be associated with health impairment and physiological complications including growth retardation, pubertal delay and deficiencies in bone mineral acquisition, as well as significant psychological distress and impairment, equivalent to levels seen in AN.
Becoming familiar with the SCOFF Questionnaire is a useful tool in helping make a diagnosis. See Below.
In this section we are providing information sheets that may be useful in helping to recognise and support young people and their families seeking treatment.
Below are free downloadable info sheets. Click on each to download. Also check out Beats training for GP’s, Other professionals and Teachers below. If you feel that you would like to enquire about training please contact Connect-ED on 0141 277 7407
Contact Lorraine Duncan – 0141 287 7076
Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Principles of Care Practice – Eating Disorder Training:
Contact Training Coordinator – 01475 504363