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Feeding anxieties

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:337
  1. Mark Berelowitz

    Devoted to eating disorders in children and adolescents, A Weight on their Minds will have succeeded in raising anxieties about this fascinating problem. But it offered little in the way of realistic help or guidance. The focus was an unfortunate 9 year old girl, whose name I will not repeat here but who was clearly identified throughout the programme and whose friends will now know that she does not eat, that she feels desperately miserable, and that her parents find the idea of child psychiatric treatment so ghastly that they are quite unable even to say the word “psychiatrist.” We were also exposed to the editor of a magazine for teenagers, who said that …

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