When a media piece gets it wrong about eating disorders the harm is incalculable, but when a reporter GETS IT and TELLS IT WELL lives are saved, and this article will save lives:
Family Ties Helping Teenagers Rise Above Anorexia
Thank you to the young man and woman in the piece, their parents, their clinicians, The Age, the eating disorder specialists who developed Family-Based Treatment, the advocates out there spreading the word, and to Jill Stark, the reporter.
"At the Royal Children's Hospital, admission rates have dropped by 56 per cent since the treatment started in 2008. Of the 83 per cent who complete the six-month program, 97 per cent fully recover.
P.S. Now, I know what some of you are going to say, and let me stop you. No one is saying that Maudsley "works for everyone." What we are saying is that FBT/Maudsley recovery rates are far higher than anything else we've got in the toolbox. If you find an antibiotic that helps the majority of people you don't argue about it on the basis of it not working for everyone you get to work finding the 2nd line and the 3rd and inevitably those ideas that works better than FBT - not defending what we know doesn't work for most. If you want to argue about the effectiveness of FBT compare it to something, don't just defend the need for other alternatives; we already know that.