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Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders

Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders

A Guide to Adapting Treatment and Supporting Recovery

Edited by Kate Tchanturia

Quick Overview

This book explores the link between autism and eating disorders, sharing findings from both clinical research and first-hand experience. Chapters explore ways in which traditional eating disorder treatments can be adapted to support autistic people towards full recovery.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Paperback / softback
2021, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 272pp
ISBN: 9781787754454


This book explores the link between autism and eating disorders through testimonies from practitioners, service users and carers. Combining research findings, case studies and first-hand accounts, it provides insights into how individuals on the autism spectrum can be supported towards full recovery from an eating disorder.

Edited by the lead Clinical Psychologist at the Maudsley Eating Disorder National Service, informed by their team's research, chapters focus on the unique issues arising when autism and eating disorders coexist.

The contributors suggest treatment adaptations from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and touch more broadly on the topic of poor mental health outcomes for autistic individuals, and how these might be improved.


'Although the association between autism and eating disorders was first recognised some decades ago it has taken a long time for this knowledge to have an impact on clinical practice. In this book people with autism, family members and clinical and care staff describe their experiences of a specialist service for individuals with a dual diagnosis of autism and eating disorder. It is clear from these personal accounts how recognition of autism in patients with eating disorders and appropriate adaptations to standard intervention practices, can significantly increase treatment effectiveness. The benefits for people with autism, and those living with or caring for them are also significant, not only in terms of the eating problems but also with regard to feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, and overall quality of life.'
- Professor Patricia Howlin, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, King’s College London

'For too long, many clinicians diagnosed a person's anorexia but overlooked that the person may also be autistic. Such under-diagnosis means the person is left without the right support. This valuable book, edited by a pioneering expert in the intersection of these two clinical conditions, is full of accessible case studies and practical tools, which will empower both clinicians and their patients.'
- Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

'Autistic people need tailored care for eating disorders; this excellent volume by Kate Tchanturia and colleagues shows how and why such an approach can change lives. With detailed practical examples and guidance, this is a must-read for anyone working with autistic people struggling with eating disorders. In fact, given the under-recognition of autism amongst women, I would urge everyone working in eating disorders to read it.'
- Professor Francesca Happé FBA FMedSci, Past President of the International Society for Autism Research


Edited by: Kate Tchanturia