Psychotherapists frequently use group and personal cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPX) (Mussell, Crosby et al., 2000; Wilson, 2003). Family therapy and a variety of pharmacological therapies have also been shown to be effective, to some degree, in treating patients with eating disorders (de Zwaan & Roerig, 2003; Kennedy & Garfinkel, 1992). Although religious issues may intensify eating disorder symptomology, spiritual and religious interventionshave been found to be influential on eating disorder recovery (Richards et al., 1997). Whatever treatment is chosen, however, it has been suggested by Treasure and Schmidt (2003) in the Handbook of Eating Disorders, that a stepped care approach, starting with the least costly, least intensive, and least invasive interventions, may be the best method to match treatment to patient. The AmericanPsychiatric Association's (2000) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Eating Disorders recommends three steps in treating patients with Anorexia Nervosa: (1) Nutritional rehabilitation, (2) Psychosocial interventions, and (3) Medications. Unfortunately, there is relatively limited evidence to recommend one therapy over another when treating restricting patients (Treasure & Schmidt,2003; Wilson, 2003). Wilson (203), in his recent review of the research, suggests that adolescents with anorexia nervosa demonstrate the most promising results with family therapy while Stein and his associates (2001) advocate individual therapy as more beneficial for patients with late onset AN. Wilson and other researchers propose that individual CBT is moderately effective when treating patientswith anorexia nervosa (Waller & Kennerley, 2003; Wilson, 2003). In addition, researchers suggest that the medication, Fluoxetine, has some support for its use with patients experiencing AN,
although overall there is little current empirical evidence demonstrating any specific medication is helpful in treating underweight patients (Klein & Walsh, 2003; Stein et al., 2001). In contrast...