Consent, Capacity and Human Rights for Older Women with Anorexia Nervosa

EATING DISORDERS IN ADULT WOMEN, J. Fuch, ed., Ch. 6, Nova Science, NY, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/140

21 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2008  

Terry Carney

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: November, 25 2008

Abstract

Typically anorexia nervosa is diagnosed as a condition of teenage girls where the rates of mortality and morbidity are very high and recovery rates very low. This chapter discusses the condition as experienced in Australia by older women who have either lived with anorexia during adolescence and as young women or who have been diagnosed later in life. The discussion traverses issues of consent to treatment or its refusal, capacity to provide consent, and the application of human right protections arising from various human rights instruments.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, consent to treatment, capacity, right to refuse treatment, human rights principles

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Carney, Terry, Consent, Capacity and Human Rights for Older Women with Anorexia Nervosa (November, 25 2008). EATING DISORDERS IN ADULT WOMEN, J. Fuch, ed., Ch. 6, Nova Science, NY, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/140. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1307416

Terry Carney (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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