Civil Commitment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders presents an international view on compulsory treatment of eating disorders with a focus on the laws of individual countries, states, and provinces. Empirical data on the use and benefit of this approach to treatment is presented to help readers understand the current research and provide insight into the patient experience. The use and misuse of persuasion and coercion are explored with an emphasis on how and when these concepts are applicable. Psychiatric Advanced Directives are also outlined as an alternative. This accessible new volume offers a compassionate view designed to inform treatment providers, parents, and significant others.