Of Blood Transfusions and Feeding Tubes: Anorexia-Nervosa and Consent

Public Affairs Quarterly:1-26 (forthcoming)
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Abstract
Individuals suffering from anorexia-nervosa experience dysmorphic perceptions of their body and desire to act on these perceptions by refusing food. In some cases, anorexics want to refuse food to the point of death. In this paper, I answer this question: if an anorexic, A, wants to refuse food when the food would either be life-saving or prevent serious bodily harm, can A’s refusal be valid? I argue that there is compelling reason to think that anorexics can validly refuse food, even in these extreme circumstances
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