I am thankful that the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) has made its 10-page Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders free and downloadable. This wonderful resource is straightforward and easy-to-read and designed for local medical care professionals who are not specialists, but find themselves diagnosing and providing medical care for individuals with eating disorders and their families. Although, the booklet is not a comprehensive clinical guide, the diagnostic and medical management information is based on the best available research and best practices. AED hopes that these guidelines will improve recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders. I encourage you to join with me in giving copies to local pediatricians, primary care providers, and therapists.


Nutritionist Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, co-authors of The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders, Gūrze Books. Marcia is also author the soon to be published Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge Mental Health, November 28, 2012). Read more from Marcia and Nancy by clicking here.

About the Authors

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D., is the founder of Dartmouth College's nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, NH.

Nancy Matsumoto

Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance journalist who has written numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image.

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