A new horizon: The mourning of anorexia

Sara D. McLaughlin (2007)

Following a review of the current views of anorexia nervosa, including an exploration of the gap between theories and treatment approaches, a new theory for the conceptualization of individuals suffering from anorexia will be offered. This theory suggests that anorexia can be viewed as the outward manifestation of a disenfranchised grieving process related to early disruptions in attachment. Developmental, psychodynamic, and attachment literature are utilized to build this theory, along with memoirs of individuals who have suffered from anorexia. It is suggested, based on this theory, that grief work can be an essential component of treatment for these individuals.