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Anorexic woman cannot be force fed, judge rules

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5804 (Published 28 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5804
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An anorexic woman who weighs only 20 kg should not be force fed even though she will die without food, a High Court judge has ruled.

It would not be in the best interests of the “intelligent” 29 year old woman, referred to in court as L, to feed her against her wishes, Mrs Justice Eleanor King ruled at the Court of Protection in London.

The judge ruled that “all reasonable steps” should be taken to gain L’s cooperation, short of using physical force. The …

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