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Anorexia Nervosa in a Group of Asian Children Living in Britain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Rachel Bryant-Waugh
Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London
Bryan Lask*
Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London
Department of Psychological Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH


Four cases of anorexia nervosa occurring in Asian children are described. These case histories are set against the recent increase in eating disorders in patients of different racial origin. The role of sociocultural conflict in immigrant Asian families to Western countries is raised as a possible contributor to the emergence of eating disorders and the need to be aware of anorexia nervosa in such childhood populations is stressed.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1991 

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