Aspects of food refusal in the elderly: The “hunger strike”
Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 213–216, September 2001
How to Cite
Duggal, A. and Lawrence, R. M. (2001), Aspects of food refusal in the elderly: The “hunger strike”. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 30: 213–216. doi: 10.1002/eat.1075
- Issue online: 6 JUL 2001
- Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 AUG 2000
- eating disorder;
To present food refusal in old age as a means of attempting to control the outcome of intergenerational family conflicts.
Two cases are described.
Food refusal does not necessarily arise in the context of a classical eating disorder but may represent a form of protest, or hunger strike.
Food refusal is seen as distinct from a pure anorectic pattern of behavior. It may be a separate psychobehavioral entity in old age. Behavioral methods may help to encourage a resolution by setting clear limits and encouraging patients to share responsibility in decision making. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 213–216, 2001.