The basic principle that underpins skills sharing for supporters is that parents and other carers can provide ongoing support to bridge gaps within treatment and services. This support can moderate some of the maintaining factors that arise from the secondary impacts of prolonged poor nutrition which leads to suboptimal decisions and embedded habits that develop with a protracted illness. In addition, Anorexia Nervosa is visible & frightening (to others) and valued (by the individual who may be blind to negative consequences of the illness). This produces tension in parents and carers, who can become anxious, drawn to protect, and frustrated by rejection of what seems a simple solution i.e., to eat. These automatic reactions may fragment the family, whereas deeper understanding can foster a united approach.
Professor Janet Treasure is a world-leading clinical and academic psychiatrist in eating disorders who works at King's College London and the South London and Maudsley Hospital. She was awarded the OBE for her work on eating disorders.
Professor Treasure is a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and Associate Editor of European Eating Disorders Review. She has been a principal investigator on several multi-centre studies in eating disorders and a co-investigator on many international studies. Professor Treasure has mentored over 60 PhD students and numerous clinicians. She has been a member of the NICE committee for the guidelines of eating disorders twice (2004, 2017).
Professor Treasure has written numerous books on eating disorders. In particular, she has co-written books and other materials with people with lived experience, and she has pioneered a collaborative approach of working with patients and their families on treatment interventions and services.
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