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Family influences whether people living with anorexia recover

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The influence of family has a big impact on whether people suffering from anorexia nervosa recover from the eating disorder, according to this article on Healthline News.

“An individual is intrinsically part of a family system,” said NASW expert Maria Baratta, PhD, LCSW, who runs a private practice in New York City and is author of  “Skinny Revisited: Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa and It’s Treatment” (NASW Press).

“Therefore, in treating a person with anorexia, it is imperative to understand what part family members play in the disordered eating environment,” Baratta said.

However if the family dynamic is toxic Baratta advised not having family members involved in treatment because it could put additional stress on the patient.

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