Share Print. If you are concerned that you, a friend, or family member may have an eating disorder, please follow the link below click on "Start the Online Self Assessment" to participate in a brief online assessment. This process will help you identify behaviors potentially indicative of an eating disorder and provide suggestions about what steps to take next.
Eating disorders are characterized by excessive and persistently disturbed eating or eating-related behaviours that lead to changes in the person's consumption of food to a degree that is harmful to their health and well-being. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other specified feeding or eating disorder OSFED. Eating disorders are common in young people, especially in female adolescents and young women, although males can also be affected 1.
People have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their care, as described in your care. In this guideline, 'family members' includes the siblings, children and partners of people with an eating disorder. For guidance on when to suspect child maltreatment, see the NICE guideline on child maltreatment.
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Patient information : See related handout on eating disorderswritten by the authors of this article. Eating disorders are life-threatening conditions that are challenging to address; however, the primary care setting provides an important opportunity for critical medical and psychosocial intervention. In addition to the role of environmental triggers and societal expectations of body size and shape, research has suggested that genes and discrete biochemical signals contribute to the development of eating disorders.
What are the early clues to anorexia nervosa? Other symptoms as a result of weight loss and illness progression The first assessment Initial consultation with another health professional What are the early clues to anorexia nervosa? Anorexia may affect people in some occupational groups more than in others.
Feeding and eating disorders FEDs are serious mental health disorders that cause impairments in physical health, development, cognition and psychosocial function and can go undetected for months or years. They are characterised by disturbed eating behaviour associated with concerns about weight and shape or by disinterest in food, phobic avoidance or avoidance due to sensory aspects of food. Restrictive forms of FEDs lead to significant weight loss requiring intervention.
If your doctor suspects that you have anorexia nervosa, he or she will typically do several tests and exams to help pinpoint a diagnosis, rule out medical causes for the weight loss, and check for any related complications. Your mental health professional also may use the diagnostic criteria for anorexia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5published by the American Psychiatric Association. Treatment for anorexia is generally done using a team approach, which includes doctors, mental health professionals and dietitians, all with experience in eating disorders.
A schema for medical history taking for the medical assessment of clients with eating disorders. The Medical Examination. Information on how to conduct a medical examination with patients with eating disorders.