Fear of food as a treatment target: Exposure and response prevention for anorexia nervosa in an open series

Volume 45, Issue 4

About the Course:

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe mental illness with high rates of relapse and rehospitalization. New treatment approaches are needed. We aimed to evaluate the potential utility of addressing eating-related fear in the treatment of AN using psychotherapy techniques known to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD, namely exposure therapy and response prevention.


Wiley Interscience Journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

May 2012


Joanna Steinglass, MD; Anne Marie Albano, PhD; H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD; Kenneth Carpenter, PhD; Janet Schebendach, PhD; Evelyn Attia, MD

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for clinicians and clinician researchers who seek knowledge about anxiety and anorexia nervosa.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the relationship between anxiety disorders and anorexia nervosa.

  2. Describe the components of exposure and response prevention for anorexia nervosa.

  3. Explain the evidence supporting a relationship between anxiety and inadequate intake in anorexia nervosa.

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