More Information

Rebecca Scott
Media Promotions Officer
rebeccas@unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 8344 0181
Mob: 0417 164 791

See also Who's Who

Internationally renowned eating disorders expert Professor Daniel le Grange will argue that parents are not to blame for their children’s eating disorders, at the 75th Beattie Smith Lecture at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday 3 March at 6.00pm.

Internationally renowned eating disorders expert Professor Daniel le Grange will argue that parents are not to blame for their children’s eating disorders, at the 75th Beattie Smith Lecture at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday 3 March at 6.00pm.

Parents have often been blamed in medical and social settings and commonly excluded from their child’s treatment of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia.

Professor le Grange, who is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago, argues there is no evidence to support the idea that excluding parents from the treatment of their offspring is beneficial.

“Controlled treatment studies that have been conducted over the past few decades all show persuasively that parents are a resource in treatment and not a hindrance as has been advocated,” he says.

Professor le Grange was a founding member of the team who developed the “Maudsley Approach” as a treatment for early onset anorexia nervosa.

In this family-based treatment, that originated at the Maudsley Hospital in London, parents are guided to help bring about weight recovery much in the way that nurses would have done had their child been admitted to a specialist inpatient unit.

Professor Le Grange says the active involvement of parents in reversing self-starvation and/or binge eating and purging has been instrumental in improving prognosis and bringing about much improved treatment outcomes.

His body of research also underlines the importance of early recognition and treatment of anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder which typically onsets during adolescence.

Professor le Grange is the author or co-author of more than 150 research and clinical articles, books, book chapters and abstracts.

What: PUBLIC LECTURE: Why parents are not to blame for anorexia nervosa
When: 6pm, Tuesday 3 March
Where: Wright Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Medical Building, corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Attendance is free and open to the public. Please indicate your intention to attend.
RSVP: +61 3 8344 9800 or mdhs-rsvp@unimelb.edu.au
Interviews: Daniel le Grange will be available for interviews the morning of Tuesday 3 March 2009