According to this study, which is an overview of 40 years of eating disorders treatments, there are still no evidence-based treatments for anorexia nervosa. "A specific form of family therapy (based on the Maudsley model) appears promising," write the study's authors.
Appears promising? Actually, FBT, or the Maudsley approach, has been shown to be successful (85 to 90 percent long-term recovery rates) for treating both anorexia and bulimia. In the last 10 years there have been several good studies on FBT, including this one, this one, and this one.
And yet some of the top researchers in the field are still saying that there is no evidence-based treatment for anorexia, and that the Maudsley approach "appears promising." Which is rather like saying that there appears to be a link between smoking and lung cancer.
After 40 years with no other good treatments, you'd think researchers would jump on this one. So why the damning with faint praise?
Come on, you guys. You're the ones who can get the word out to parents best. You have a moral obligation to spread the word about FBT--the ONLY evidence-based treatment we've got at the moment for treating anorexia. I'll be thrilled if we turn up more treatments that are effective. In the meantime, though, let's use what we've got.