Anorexia nervosa raises a very specific set of ethical issues.
Patients with AN are usually rational and competent in every way,
except when it comes to decisions about their weight and their
nutrition. Some patients with AN literally starve themselves to
death. If these deaths are prevented, many patients go on to
recover from AN. The question, then, is when, if ever, a patient's
wishes not to be fed should be respected and when those wishes
should be forcibly overridden. We examine the views of proponents
and opponents of forced treatment.