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Keywords:

  • eating disorder;
  • undernutrition;
  • elderly

Abstract

Objective

To present food refusal in old age as a means of attempting to control the outcome of intergenerational family conflicts.

Method

Two cases are described.

Results

Food refusal does not necessarily arise in the context of a classical eating disorder but may represent a form of protest, or hunger strike.

Discussion

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.