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Assessment of Eating Disorders for Paediatrics professionals

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session covers the stages of the assessment of eating disorders, taking into account diagnostic criteria, nutritional status and the role of the family.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Assess and diagnose common eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) in young people
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and acute malnutrition
  • Recognise the impact of dietary restriction on growth and development in children and adolescents
  • Understand the limitations of the various methods for assessment


The assessment of eating disorders is not just about making a diagnosis and formulation – it is the first contact with a patient group usually reluctant to seek help, and should be thought of as an opportunity to engage a young person and their family in getting help. Assessment is therefore an intervention in its own right.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following AH sessions:

  • 03_002 Capacity and Consent (401-0011)
  • 03_003 Confidentiality (401-0012)
  • 12_007 Eating Disorders in Young People (401-0062)
Instructors / Speakers
Dasha Nicholls,
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psyschiatrist

Dasha Nicholls is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Joint Head of Feeding and Eating Disorders service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her clinical work is concerned with aspects of problem feeding and eating disorders in children aged 0-16 years, ranging from failure to thrive to early onset anorexia nervosa, as well as the treatment of childhood obesity. She is actively engaged in research, writing, lecturing and teaching, nationally and internationally.

Assessment of Eating Disorders for Paediatrics professionals
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Lifestyle and nutrition, Nutrition/weight management
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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