Training for Healthcare Professionals

Life on the Brink: Anorexia Nervosa and Lethality

Patients with anorexia nervosa are at risk of death from suicide and from the consequences of the eating disorder.  Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether the eating disorder behaviors themselves constitute a slow form of suicide.  This presentation for primary care and mental health clinicians will address treatment options (and limitations) for patients with anorexia nervosa who are at risk of death from suicide and/or from their eating disorders.

Webinar Details

Audience: Primary care and behavioral health providers serving children, adolescents, and young adults
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free
Credit: 1 CE Credit or Certificate of Attendance

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will list pros and cons of various treatment settings for patients with anorexia nervosa who are at risk of death.
  2. Participants will describe the emotional consequences of starvation as demonstrated in the Minnesota Starvation Study.
  3. Participants will discuss the increase in emotional distress (and suicidal ideation) that often accompanies eating disorder treatment.
  4. Participants will identify severe and enduring anorexia nervosa and discuss the controversy surrounding appropriateness of palliative care, hospice or medical aid in dying for these individuals.

Registration and CE Credit

Please complete the registration form before watching the webinar. 

The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCEED maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Tonya Foreman, MD          Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry

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