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All patients suffering from eating disorders - wherever they live and whatever their age or specific diagnosis - should be given prompt access through the NHS to a new treatment developed by Oxford University researchers, according to a new recommendation by the Chief Medical Officer that aims to tackle the growing problem of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

The treatment, called enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy or 'CBT-E', was developed with extensive long-term funding from the Wellcome Trust at the University of Oxford's Centre for Research on Eating Disorders, part of the Department of Psychiatry. CBT-E is the first treatment for eating disorders to show positive results for patients of all ages and diagnoses.

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