The impact of obesity treatment and dietary guidelines on eating disorders

Anita M Star and Phillipa J Hay
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10772
Published online: 3 February 2014

To the Editor: We wish to highlight how the recently released National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity1 and the Australian dietary guidelines2 may affect clinical and public health practice. Children, adolescents and adults with obesity are at increased risk of eating disorders (EDs) compared with others in the community.3-5

  • 1 Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • 2 School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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  • 2. National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian dietary guidelines 2013. Canberra: NHMRC, 2013. (accessed Dec 2013).
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