By Alexia Murphy
Weighing a patient in a treatment session and the use of the weight is often a contentious issue; new practitioners sometimes find it daunting; some therapists argue it is counter productive, for others it is fundamental to the treatment; weight itself is so often manipulated as part of the core pathology and can be a constant battle ground between patient and treatment team. There is such an interesting paradox between trying to get someone to be less fixated on weight and at the same time it being so important to treatment. In addition for children and adolescents particularly the calculation of expected body weights, and subsequent setting of goals or targets is a complicated and inexact science.
This series of videos, recorded in a Plenary at the ANZAED 2015 conference: Gold Coast on Saturday 22 August aims to promote thought and discussion (rather than providing a definitive answer).
“Beyond Weight in the treatment of eating disiorders” by Alexia Murphy
Weight and body size are poor indicators of nutritional status in children and adolescents. Body composition analysis assesses the relative proportion and distribution of various tissues within the body and thus is an ideal indicator of nutritional status. The use of body composition methods during treatment and recovery for eating disorders will be discussed.
Dr Alexia Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in The University of Queensland’s Child Health Research Centre. She is the Scientist-in-Charge of the Body Composition Laboratory, where she has been involved in the assessment of body composition of clinical patients over the past 15 years. Her main research interest has been assessing the effect of clinical conditions on the growth and body composition of children and adolescents.