A Research Study On Eating Disorders

958 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
If a provider has a suspicion of an eating disorder or weight problem in an adolescent patient, then a discussion must take place to prevent future complications that can arise from being underweight. Unfortunately, adolescents who develop an eating disorder are likely to continue the practices into young adulthood and possibly beyond (Brauser, 2011). Due to this outcome, it makes it ever more vital that providers bring the weight issue out into the open so reasons for the patient participating in the abnormal eating behaviors can be found, and then solutions developed to help the adolescent with their weight. Anorexia and bulimia are the primary eating disorders of concern, and they are complex conditions that are very difficult to treat and are associated with significant medical and mental health comorbidities (Burns, Dunn, Brady, Starr, Blosser, 2013). Not only will the provider need to talk with the adolescent, but the parent of the child should be involved, as well, so there can be continual support at home if an eating disorder is discovered.

Describe your approach to an adolescent patient, who you suspect of having a weight problem. List at least three (but no more than five) questions you would ask the patient to determine if there was a disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or overactive eating.

In addition to routine monitoring of weight at the adolescent 's appointments, the provider should also include routine screening to detect red flags that may…
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