Weight changes during inpatient refeeding of underweight eating disorder patients

Hart, Susan, Abraham, Suzanne, Franklin, Richard, and Russell, Janice (2011) Weight changes during inpatient refeeding of underweight eating disorder patients. European Eating Disorders Review, 19 (5). pp. 390-397.

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Aim To describe patterns of weight change in patients admitted to a specialised eating disorder program with established protocols for inpatient refeeding.

Methods Weight records between January 2000 and December 2006 were categorised using Body Mass Index (BMI) at first admission (BMI ranges < 14.0, 14.1–17.49, 17.5–18.9 kg/m2). Total weight gained, number of days of inpatient treatment and rate of weekly weight gain were examined.

Results In total there were 247 patients representing 414 admissions. The rate of weight gain was 0.77, 0.63 and 0.53 kg/week, respectively, for each BMI group. Twenty patients (8.1%) in the refeeding program did not gain weight.

Conclusion Weight gain in underweight patients is highly variable. A greater understanding of the processes that contribute to weight gain, and establishment of best practice in achieving weight gain in patients needs to be determined. This data provide detailed information about expectations for refeeding without artificial feeding.

Item ID: 16257
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-0968
Keywords: anorexia nervosa; weight; inpatient; refeeding; dietitian
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 05:15
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition @ 100%
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