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Finn Skarderud, Norwegian psychiatrist, eating disorders expert, has published a sequel from 3 scientific papers under the title Eating One's Words: Concretised Metaphors’ and Reflective Function in Anorexia Nervosa—An Interview Study (European Eating Disorders Review, 2007).

In the first part, containing a study of semi-structured interviews of 10 female patients, prof. Skarderud has shown that in anorexia nervosa symbolization of meaning takes place in one’s own body, and body metaphors represent emotional, social and moral phenomena, reflecting weak reflexive capacity of eating disorders' sufferers. Eating-ones-words-I.pdf

In second part, prof.Skarderud has presented different theoretical models to examine damaged reflexive function of anorexic patients, emphasizing psychodynamic model of using body in crating metaphors. Eating-ones-words-II.pdf

Third scientific paper is dedicated to metallization as psychotherapeutic model of work with anorexic patients, and it offers a draft for future workbook for treatment and training of psychotherapists. Eating-ones-words-III.pdf

Long-term Outcome Study of Residential Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, by prof.T.D.Brewerton and C.Costin has been presented on American Congress of Academy for Eating Disorders, 2008. Ten years after leaving Monte Nido Clinic, California, 61% of patients showed complete recovery from bulimia (complete cessation of binge eating, purging and other compensatory behaviours). 70% of women who have had in the past suffered from anorexia nervosa, a decade after residential treatment maintained a healthy weight (BMI> 18), and 42% of them had additionally resumption of normal menses.     

Long-term Outcome of Residential Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.FINAL_.pdf

In this article published in Psychological Topics 19 (2010), prof.Riccardo Dalle Grave presents the work of Department of Eating and Weight Disorder, Villa Garda Hospital, Italy on the basis of Inpatient Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Severe Eating Disorders. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is scientifically validated treatment of bulimia, but it also shows valuable results in treatment of anorexia nervosa and EDNOS. To find out more on enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-E) for eating disorders search for articles of prof.Ch.Fairburn and Croatian expert prof.Pokrajac-Bulian (University of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia).  Dalle_Grave_R_Inpatient_Cognitive_Behavior_Therapy.pdf