Heat in the treatment of patients with anorexia nervosa

Eat Weight Disord. 2001 Mar;6(1):49-52. doi: 10.1007/BF03339752.


The paper presents the results of heat treatment in three cases of anorexia nervosa (AN), in which marked overactivity and/or strenuous exercising were prominent clinical features. Heat was supplied in three ways: continuous exposure to a warm environment, wearing a thermal waistcoat, and sauna baths in an infrared cabin. The outcomes went far beyond what had been expected, as the disappearance of hyperactivity was followed by progressive recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male