“I Didn’t Believe I had an Eating Disorder. But the Threat of Forced Feeding Saved my Life”


In this opinion piece for STAT, Carrie Arnold wades into the ethical debate over forced treatment in a case that “has set off a firestorm in the eating disorder community, with advocates, clinicians, and people with eating disorders divided.” “Answers in ethical cases like this are rarely straightforward, even for someone like me who knows the potential stakes all too well. I don’t know what I would want done if I were A.G., nor do I know enough about her case and her history to render any judgments on her behalf. What I do know is that without significant changes to the way we treat eating disorders, there will only be more A.G.s in court.”

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