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Alternatives Proposed for Anorexia Diagnosis
Australian scientists are at the forefront of a proposal to change the way anorexia nervosa is diagnosed.

According to Prof Stephen Touyz of the University of Sydney, anorexia is one of the most serious psychiatric illnesses but is not treated as such. “In NSW there are almost no places for adults to get treatment without private health insurance,” he says. “There are two hospital beds at RPA, and another few at Westmead that aren’t specifically designated as eating disorder beds,” he says.

Moreover, it is particularly difficult to get patients to acknowledge their sickness. “If you have a sore tooth and the dentist says they can see you in 2 months you’ll say...

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